UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Saginaw Valley Volleyball team dropped its home opener Friday night against Tiffin, 3-2. Saginaw now drops to 1-3 in the conference and 2-10 overall while the Dragons head to 1-3 in GLIAC play and 6-6 overall.
Tiffin (L 3-2)
The Cardinals and Dragons battled hard throughout the entire match, with multiple changes of leads in all sets. Saginaw Valley took set one with their late 7-3 run over Tiffin, taking the victory 25-20, hitting a .256. Dragons fought hard in the second set, creating multiple runs to overcome the Cardinals 25-20, evening out the wins at 1-1. Throughout set three, big points came from the Cardinal offense, tallying 15 kills and eventually giving the Cardinals a 25-22 victory and a 2-1 lead heading into set four. The Dragons took charge and earn 16 kills while their other nine points were due to Cardinal errors, earning a 25-21 win in set four and tied the match up at 2-2. Set five was a tight match, but due to multiple late hitting errors by Saginaw Valley and by Tiffin, the Dragons took the set 15-11, and the match, 3-2.
Inside the Boxscore
• McKenzie Schuster was strong at the net, knocking out her season high of 17 kills, earning herself the, "Player of the Match."
• Hannah Tabit tallied her career high of 49 kills and added two aces and six digs.
• Emily Nieman notched out 19 digs in tonight's five-setter.
• Saginaw Valley out-dug Tiffin, 54-51.
• The Cardinals dropped their season high of 59 kills.
From Head Coach Will Stanton
"We are starting to battle better and tonight we played with better focus and enthusiasm. Our Serve Receive was very strong and it gave our hitters some very good looks, but we needed to execute offensively a little better against this Team. Tiffin did a good job blocking at the net and that gave us some issues."
The Cardinals will remain home, playing Ashland University on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.
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