MIDLAND, Mich. - Playing its second road match of the weekend, the Saginaw Valley State University volleyball team made the short trek to Midland to take-on Northwood University in a matchup of GLIAC North Division squads.
The Cardinals would come to play on Saturday, posting a 3-1 victory over the Timberwolves after hitting for a solid .278 mark offensively and ou-blocking their opponents by a 12-1 margin.
Saginaw Valley posted a .302 hitting percentage in the opening set, notching 16 kills on its way to a 25-17 win and the 1-0 edge.
A decisive 25-13 win would follow in the second, as SVSU ran out to an 11-3 lead and never looked back for the 2-0 lead.
Northwood would respond with a 25-22 victory in the third frame to prevent the sweep and make the score 2-1 overall.
The Cardinals, however, would close-out strong for the victory. They hit .419 in the fourth set, adding 16 kills while putting away the T-Wolves with a 25-15 count.
Inside the Boxscore
- Andrea Brigham was named the Chili's Player of the Match after notching a match-high 18 kills while adding 11 digs and a block.
- Kaylee Schmitt hit .444 with 13 kills, adding a match-best four blocks.
- Tamara Heller added 13 kills and 13 digs.
- Emily Nieman led the match with 18 digs to hold down things defensively.
- Kelly Vellucci set up her teammates with 47 assists, adding seven kills, 16 digs and a trio of blocks.
- Abbie Toland chipped-in with a dozen digs.
- Five different Cardinals registered double-figures in digs.
- SVSU in now second in the GLIAC North Standings and fourth overall in the league ranks.
From Head Coach Will Stanton
"I felt our serve receive was solid tonight and that allowed our offense to get rolling. Our defense was pretty strong as well, and is really making a difference in our ability to extend rallies and stress teams' offenses into making errors. We have a good distribution of digs across the team, and that makes it tough for teams to find the floor."
Saginaw Valley has now claimed nine straight victories, which matches a program high. The 2007 team had a nine match winning streak as well. The Cardinals are back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 1), as they travel to play Lake Superior State in a 4:00 p.m. contest. SV won the earlier matchup this season by a 3-0 count on September 27 at home.
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