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Saginaw Valley Takes Down Purdue Northwest, 3-0

Saginaw Valley Takes Down Purdue Northwest, 3-0

Hammond, Ind. — Saginaw Valley State Women's Volleyball team took a 3-0 victory on the road Friday night (Oct. 6) against Purdue Northwest. Cardinals stayed strong defensively, posting 46 digs and 11 blocks. 

Score: Saginaw Valley 3, Purdue Northwest 0
Records: SVSU (4-12, 3-5 GLIAC) | PNW (5-13, 1-7 GLIAC)
Location: Purdue Northwest (Westville Campus)

Cardinals and the Pride knotted up multiple times throught tonights first set, with Saginaw Valley ending up on top with a 28-26 victory to earn a 1-0 edge. The team grabbed a .200 hitting percentage with 16 kills. McKenzie Schuster was a top swinger for the Cardinals, hitting a .444 with five kills. 

Set two brought the Cardinals some success early on, keeping the lead until the Pride tied it up at 14-14. Purdue Northwest tried to sneak a few points in, but Saginaw Valley stayed strong and battled back on top with a three point run to make the score 20-18. PNW struggled to ever get back on top and a kill from senior McKenzie Schuster lead to a SVSU victory, 25-21. Cardinals are now up 2-0 in sets play.

Saginaw Valley dominated set three, keeping the lead for the majority, taking a 25-22 victory over the Pride. Score leader Sarah Tabit posted five kills in set three, ending the night with 15 kills. Cardinals took the match 3-0 and bounced back from a tough previous schedule losses. 

Inside the Box Score

• Middle Rachel Eisenhour hit .500 and added six block assists, earning her "Player of the Match."
• Outside Sarah Tabit lead the team with 15 kills and added eight digs.
• Oppsite McKenzie Schuster recorded 11 kills and two block assists. 
• Libero Abbie Toland notched in 11 digs. 
• Setter Hannah Tabit added 37 assists. 

From head coach Will Stanton 

"We had to fight through some tough serving by one, and our serve receive stepped up in set 2 and 3. Our offense was a little shaky early as well with too many hitting errors. But we got our balance late in set 1 and really played well to finish that set and I think that set the tone for the rest of the match. We played with good confidence and poise the rest if the night. Our blocking really made a difference through set 2 and 3."

Up Next... 

The Cardinals will face Davenport University on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. The Panthers are coming off a 3-0 victory over Lake Superior State. 

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