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.
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.