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Volleyball Prevails with 3-2 Victory Over Chargers

Volleyball Prevails with 3-2 Victory Over Chargers

UNIVERSITY CENTER - The Saginaw Valley State University volleyball team defeated the Hillsdale College Chargers in a five-set match on Saturday (10/4). 

The Cardinals claimed the first set by a decisive 25-12 score to take a 1-0 lead in the match after posting two solo blocks and six block-assists to hold the Chargers to a -.212 hitting percentage.

The Chargers rebounded with a 25-23 win in the second set to square the match at 1-1.  

SVSU grabbed the lead again and made the score 3-2 in its advantage after a marathon of a third set that saw the Cards claim it by a score of 32-30.

The next frame would extend past 25 for both teams as well, as Hillsdale posted a 30-28 advantage to knot the score at 2-2 overall for the match.  

The fifth and final frame is what the match would come down to, as Saginaw Valley was facing its fourth different fifth-set match, having lost the previous three.

The Cards stepped-up to the challenge, however, against the Chargers.  After a brief tie at 3-3 the Cardinals took a lead at 5-3.  Hillsdale would come back and tie the score eventually at 8-8.  The match would be tied six more times, the last  coming with the score at 14-14.  SVSU would close things out after that on a kill by senior Ashley Driscoll that made the score 15-14 and a service ace from senior Kelsey Ferla that sealed the victory.

Sophomore setter Kelly Vellucci had one of many great performances on the afternoon for the Cards, as she recorded a career-high 50 assists , adding 13 digs and four kills.  She was named the Chili's "Player of the Match" for her efforts.

Senior Makenzie Frodle had a team-high 16 kills while hitting .355, adding four blocks and three digs.  Andrea Brigham (12), Ferla (11) and Driscoll (11) joined Frodle in having double-digit kills in the match, with Ferla contributing 17 digs defensively.  Brigham and Driscoll each added four blocks on the defensive end as well.

Morgan Eddy had a standout match as well, as she had nine kills while hitting at a .500 clip, contributing with eight total blocks defensively.

Junior libero Brooke Tiller anchored the SV defense with a match-high 23 digs.  

SVSU had a total of 22 blocks in the match compared to 13 for the Chargers and out-hit Hillsdale by a .212 to .144 margin.

It was the first victory for SVSU over Hillsdale since a 3-0 victory in the 2008 season.  With the win, the Cardinals improve to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the GLIAC while the Chargers fall to 7-6 and 6-3 in league play.

Saginaw Valley returns to action this weekend, as it travels to play at Ashland on Friday (10/10) in a 7:00 pm match before squaring-off with Lake Erie on Saturday in a 1:00 pm contest.