UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University volelyball team hosted Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conferene (GLIAC) North Division opponent Lake Superior State University Tuesday (11/5) in a mid-week conference matchup.
The Cardinals, looking to end a two match losing streak, defeated the visiting Lakers by a score of 3-0.
The first set was closely contested, as both teams traded points all the way up until SVSU led by a score of 23-22. A solo block by junior Makenzie Frodle and an attack error from LSSU sealed the two point victory after that, 25-23.
In game number two, the Cardinals built a 15-6 lead after a kill by junior Kelsey Ferla and the team held a 19-12 advantage after a kill from junior Ashley Driscoll. SVSU then rattled-off six consecutive points with Frodle serving, the clinching point coming from a kill by Chili's "Player of the Match" Kaylee Schmitt to make the score 25-12.
The Lakers led throughout most of the third set and up to the point where the score stood at 22-20 in their favor. A kill from Ferla got Saginaw Valley the serve back, and that's when sophomore Brooke Tiller went to work with the serve. Three kills from Ferla and an attack error made the score 24-22. Tiller would then notch a service ace to close out for the 25-22 advantage, clinching the Cardinal victory.
Schmitt led the Cards offensively with 11 kills and a match-high .579 hitting percentage. She added seven block assists defensively.
Driscoll tallied 11 kills as well with a .346 attack percentage and three block assists.
Freshman Kelly Vellucci had 22 assists for SVSU, which hit at a .280 clip collectively on the night. The Cardinals had a 10 to 1 advantage in total blocks.
Saginaw Valley hits the road this weekend, as the Cardinals travel to play #16 Grand Valley State Friday (11/8) in a 7:00 pm match before taking on #24 Ferris State Saturday (11/9) in a 3:00 pm contest.