INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Saginaw Valley State University volleyball team won its opening match of the 2009 Midwest Regional Tournament against Grand Valley State University, 3-1. The Lakers took the first set by a 25-21 score before SVSU would answer, taking the next three by scores of 25-15, 25-20, and 25-18, respectively.
Senior Jaclyn Carnago (St. Clair, Mich) recorded 14 kills on the afternoon for the Cardinals while hitting .385 and adding three aces. Senior Kait Harris (Essexville, Mich./Garber HS) had 39 assists versus GVSU as well as 16 digs and two blocks. Sophomores Laura Ward (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland HS) and Annie Buxton (Aurora, Ont.) had 22 digs and 15 digs, respectively for Saginaw, as the Cardinals held the Lakers to a .013 hitting percentage. Junior Jessica Treiber (Sebewaing, Mich./USA HS) had eight kills in the match while senior Allison Schlinkert (Marysville, Mich.), sophomore Katie Fitzgerald (Whitby, Ont./Sinclair SS) and Buxton each had seven.
With the win, Saginaw advances its record to 22-9 on the season while Grand Valley's season ends with a 16-13 record, SVSU now advances to the Regional semifinals, where it will face Lewis University. The semifinal match is set for tomorrow at 5:00 pm.