UNIVERSITY CENTER -- The Saginaw Valley State University women's volleyball team swept Purdue Northwest, 3-0, Friday (Oct. 11) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) play in the Hamilton Gymnasium. The Cardinals improve to 12-4 overall and 6-2 in GLIAC play and have won five in a row with four of those five games played on the road.
The first set opened as a very even contest as the Cardinals and the Pride knotted, 16-16. Saginaw Valley would only allow PNW one more point in the set as they would win, 25-17. SVSU junior, Emily Friesl, would serve the Cardinals to the remaining seven points of the set to put SVSU up, 1-0.
Saginaw Valley would take an early three point lead in the second set to lead the Pride, 8-5. PNW stepped up to the challenge of the Cardinals and went on a 6-0 run and go up on SVSU, 11-8. SVSU would go on to tie the match, 13-13, and score four in a row to take a 17-13 lead on the Pride. The Cardinals would only allow the Pride to score three more points in the set and close the set, 25-16.
With a 2-0 lead in the match, the Cardinals would have the upperhand. SVSU opened the third set leading the Pride, 12-6. This six point deficit was too large for the Pride to overcome as SVSU closed the third and final set by a count of 25-20.
Inside the Box Score
- Emily Friesl earned "Player of the Match" honors with a season high hitting percentage of .632 on 14 kills with only two errors. Friesl also tallied one assist, one service ace, and one block in the sweep.
- Hannah Tabit led the Cardinals in assists with 35, recorded on service ace, and added four digs.
- Sarah Tabit led the team in kills and digs with 15 and 13, respectively. She also added one service ace and two blocks in the win.
The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow (Oct. 12) as they host Parkside set for a 2:00 p.m. start in the Hamilton Gymnasium. You can follow the action live at svsucardinals.com.