DETROIT— The Saginaw Valley State Volleyball team suffered another GLIAC loss Friday evening to opponent Wayne State. The Warriors struggled to consistently keep a lead over the Cardinals, but always finished out on top in the final five points, earning a 3-0 match victory.
Set one was in favor of the Cardinals victory statistically. SVSU held the Warriors to a .073 hitting percentage, but with late errors on the Cardinal defense, WSU made a comeback in the final five points to take the victory 25-23.
Wayne State brought their A game into set two, posting 17 kills to the Cardinals six. WSU posted a .308 hitting percentage, holding Saginaw Valley to a zero. Warriors took set two 25-21, and a 2-0 edge against the Cardinals.
Set three was very similar to set one as the Saginaw Valley team struggled to finish after gaining a lead. After knotting up the score 20-20 in set three, the Cardinals struggled to earn the lead to finish. With a service ace by WSU, the game was finished with a 25-22 victory for the Warriors.
Inside the Box Score:
• Outside Olivia Dean lead the Cardinal offense for the first time this season with a .231 hitting percentage. She also contributed two service aces.
• Sarah Tabit grabbed a .206 hitting percentage with 11 kills and nine digs.
• Hannah Tabit contributed 21 assists and four digs. She also added two aces.
• Abbie Toland lead the defense with 13 digs, followed by teammate Lindsey Jacobs with 10.
• Team posted 42 digs in the three set match.
From head coach Will Stanton:
"We really played well for 3/4 of each set, but was unable to finish the work when it counted. Our blocking was solid and our serving got us back into the fight a few times. Although, our passing broke down at the end of all three sets tonight."
The SVSU Volleyball team will head on the road one last time in October to take on GLIAC rival Grand Valley State on Saturday. The Lakers took a 3-1 victory over Lake Superior State on Friday. First serve is set for 4 p.m.
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