Aurora, Ill. - The Saginaw Valley State University Cardinal volleyball team was victorious in its opening match today (Oct. 25) at the sixth-annual GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament. The event, being held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill., pits the 16 teams from both conferences against each other over a span of two days.
The Cardinals got the 1-0 to start the tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Missouri S&T Miners. The victory was the fifth-straight for SVSU and improves the team's record to 13-7 overall. S&T fell to 12-10 overall after the loss.
The Miners jumped-out to a quick 1-0 lead in the match, taking set number one by a score of 25-20. SVSU responded to knot the contest at 1 set-apiece with a 25-22 win in game two. The Cardinals would continue the solid play and grab sets three and four by scores of 25-17 and 25-20, respectively.
Ashley Driscoll earned Chili's "Player of the Match" honors after her stellar offensive output. The 6-1 junior middle hitter posted a .409 hitting percentage with 10 kills against just one error in 22 attempts. She added four blocks on the defensive end for SVSU.
Junior Kelsey Ferla had a match-high 14 kills to go along with 10 digs and four blocks.
Kaylee Schmitt, a freshman middle hitter, recorded seven kills and five blocks in the victory.
Junior Makenzie Frodle posted a match-high eight total blocks and added six kills.
Sophomore libero Brooke Tiller had a match-high 21 digs for the Cardinals, who limited their opponents to just a .118 hitting percentage.
Saginaw Valley rounds-out tournament play with a pair of matches tomorrow. The Cardinals square-off against Southern Indiana at 11:00 am before looking to revenge an earlier 3-0 loss this season against the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 5:00 pm.