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Cardinals Post Exciting 3-2 Homecoming Victory Over Tiffin

Cardinals Post Exciting 3-2 Homecoming Victory Over Tiffin

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University volleyball team finished a homecoming weekend sweep after defeating the Tiffin University Dragons by a score of 3-2 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchup.

The Cardinals worked from behind in each of the first two sets but came-out with a 2-0 lead.  SVSU claimed the first game by a slim 26-24 margin before claiming the second frame by another close score of 25-23.

The Dragons would respond in the next two sets, picking-up 25-22 and 25-20 wins, respectively, to knot the contest at two sets-apiece.

After grabbing a quick 5-0 lead in the final set, SVSU found itself staring a 12-9 deficit in the face.  The Cardinals responded, however, to claim the set 17-15 and close-out for the 3-2 win.

Kaylee Schmitt earned Chili's "Player of the Match" honors after hitting .500 with 11 kills.  She added two solo blocks and eight block assists in the five-set thriller.

Makenzie Frodle also had a stong offensive output, posting 10 kills while hitting at a .529 clip, adding five block assists.

Ashley Driscoll also posted double-digit figures in kills, tallying a dozen.

Brooke Tiller had a team-high 19 digs while Kate Czopek added 17.  

Kelly Vellucci had 36 assists for the Cardinals while Nicole Adam had 18 and 11 digs.  

Kelsey Ferla added 11 digs and six block assists for SVSU.

Saginaw Valley had 18 total team blocks compared to only six for the Dragons.  

With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in the GLIAC.  Tiffin falls to 6-8 overall in 2013 with a 1-8 record in league contests.

The Cardinals are off until Friday (Oct. 18), when they travel to play at Malone.  The match is set to begin at 7:00 pm.