AURORA, Ill. - The Saginaw Valley State University volleyball team posted two wins Saturday (Oct. 26) on the closing day of the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Challenge in Aurora, Ill. The team finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record.
The Cardinals, ranked as the #7 GLIAC team in the event, opened play on the day by posting a 3-0 victory over the #4 GLVC seed, Southern Indiana.
SVSU opened the match with a 25-21 win in the first set and continued to claim the next two by scores of 25-19 and 25-15.
Ashley Driscoll had another big offensive output for Saginaw Valley. The junior middle hitter posted a .562 hitting percentage with 10 kills. Driscoll added three block assists defensively and was named the Chili's "Player of the Match."
Fellow junior Kelsey Ferla had a match-high 11 kills while hitting at a .321 clip. Ferla added a team-high 13 digs as well and a pair of block assists.
Junior Makenzie Frodle added six block assists and five kills.
Freshman Kelly Vellucci had 19 assists in helping SVSU hit .310 as a team, its second-best of the season. Senior Nicole Adam added 13 assists and 12 digs. The defense held USI to a .133 hitting percentage.
In the nightcap, SVSU defeated a Missouti-St. Louis team that handed the Cardinals their first loss of the 2013 season, a 3-0 decision on September 6th. Saginaw Valley defeated their opponents this time, winning by a score of 3-1.
The Cards jumped out to a 2-0 lead after claiming the first two games by scores of 25-15 and 25-18, respectively. UMSL responded with a 25-10 win in the third set to make the score 2-1. Saginaw Valley, however, would come back and close-out the contest with a 25-22 victory in the fourth and final set.
Ferla earned Chili's "Player of the Match" plaudits after posting a match-high 15 kills and eight digs.
Driscoll hit .458 with 13 kills and four block assists. Senior Lyndsay Reynolds added nine kills.
Frodle had eight total blocks in the contest while junior Kate Czopek had six kills and 12 digs.
Sophomore Brooke Tiller recorded 22 digs on the defensive end for the Cardinals. Adam had a match-high 21 helpers and Vellucci added 19 and 14 digs.
With the three victories over the weekend, SVSU improves to 15-7 overall and it remains at 7-4 in the GLIAC. The Cardinals are back in action on Friday (11/1), as they host the Hillsdale College Chargers in a conference tilt.