Volleyball drops 3-1 decision to Tiffin

McKenzie Schuster had a career-high 18 kills in the match vs Tiffin...
McKenzie Schuster had a career-high 18 kills in the match vs Tiffin...

The Basics
Score: Tiffin 3, Saginaw Valley 1
Records: TU (8-6, 2-4 GLIAC) | SVSU (6-8, 2-4 GLIAC)
Location: Hamilton Gymnasium - University Center, Mich.

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Coming off a 3-0 sweep Tuesday over the Lake Superior State University Lakers, the SVSU volleyball squad hosted the Tiffin University Dragons on Friday (Sep. 30) evening. In what was a back-and-forth and exciting match, the Dragons would squeeze-out a four-set victory over the Cardinals at SVSU's Hamilton Gymnasium.

The teams traded 26-24 victories in the opening two sets, putting the score at 1-1 for the match. The Cardinals hit at a .310 percentage in their second set win, marking the only set of the night where a team hit over .300. Tiffin would then escape with a narrow 30-28 win in the third frame to take the 2-1 advantage. The Dragons would continue on to claim the fourth set by a 25-19 count to post the 3-1 win. 

Inside the Boxscore

  • Andrea Brigham was named the Chili's "Player of the Match" after posting 15 kills, notching 15 digs and two blocks as well. 
  • McKenzie Schuster had a career-best 18 kills against the Dragons.
  • Kaylee Schmitt added 14 kills with a match-high .294 hitting percentage. She added three blocks as well.
  • Kennedy Marker had a team-high five blocks to go along with eight kills.
  • Emily Nieman posted a team-best 28 digs while Tamara Heller had 14, adding nine kills.
  • Kelly Vellucci had a career-high 57 assists in the matchup. She added seven digs to the cause.
  • The Dragons had 29 digs in the match compared to 17 for the Cardinals. 

From Head Coach Will Stanton

"Tiffin brought a lot of offense tonight and we struggled to match their defensive intensity for long enough periods of time. I felt we raised our competitive intensity to another level tonight and that kept us in the match. But we need to execute at a little higher level along with that intensity to beat the better teams."

Up Next...

Saginaw Valley returns to the Hamilton Gymnasium Court on Saturday (Oct. 1) in a 2:00 p.m. match against the Ashland University Eagles. The Eagles are coming off a 3-0 sweep over the Lake Superior State University Lakers on Friday night. 

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