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Cards Fall In Five Sets To Hillsdale

Cards Fall In Five Sets To Hillsdale

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University volleyball team got off to a quick start in its match with Hillsdale College on Friday night (11/1), grabbing a 2-0 lead after the first two sets of play.  The Cardinals, however, could not overcome a strong Hillsdale push in the next three sets and fell by a score of 3-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchup.

SVSU claimed a close first set by a score of 25-23 and it edged the Chargers in set number two by a score of 25-20, making the count 2-0 in the match.

Hillsdale responded with a 25-13 win in the third game and a 25-18 victory in the fourth to knot the contest at 2-2.

Saginaw Valley jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the fifth frame and led up until the score was 9-8 in its favor.  The Chargers would then rattle-off four consecutive points to give them a 12-9 edge.  

A service error and kill by SVSU's Ashley Driscoll cut the lead to 12-11.

Hillsdale scored the next three points though, and closed-out for the 15-11 win and 3-2 match decision.

Offensively, Kaylee Schmitt had a stellar performance.  The freshman middle hitter had a match-high 16 kills and .481 hitting percentage, adding five total blocks while being named the Chili's "Player of the Match."

Juniors Driscoll and Makenzie Frodle also reached double-digit figures in kills for SV.  Driscoll had 11 kills and six block assists while Frodle posted 10 kills and assisted on seven blocks.

Sophomore libero Brooke Tiller had a match-high 26 digs for the Cardinals.

Junior Kate Czopek had 17 digs and nine kills and fellow junior Kelsey Ferla added 12 digs and nine kills.

Both SVSU setters recorded double-doubles in the match, as senior Nicole Adam had 28 assists and 12 digs while freshman Kelly Vellucci added 19 helpers and 13 digs.

With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 15-8 overall in 2013 with a 7-5 record in the GLIAC.  Hillsdale improves to 13-10 overall and 8-4 in league play.

Saginaw Valley is back in action tomorrow, as it takes on Northwood University in another home GLIAC tilt.  the match is set to begin at 2:00 pm.