Volleyball splits at first home game of the season

Junior middle hitter Haley Clum spikes the ball to gain another point for the Cardinals against the Ferris State Bulldogs. Vanguard Photo | Karlee Gourd

The Cardinal volleyball team was back in action this weekend for its first home games of the season against Northwood University and No. 10 ranked Ferris State University.

In the home opener against Northwood on Friday, Sept. 20, the Cardinals struggled to stop Northwood early, as the Timberwolves scored seven unanswered points to start the set.

The Cards would go on to lose the set 16-25. The final sets ended similarly as the Cardinals dropped both sets 20-25 and 18-25, respectively.

Despite the losses, Haley Clum was awarded “Player of the Match” honors for her performance.

Clum played in all three sets and recorded five kills on 12 total attempts.

After the loss to Northwood on Friday, the Cardinals were able to make adjustments and bounce back in a big way.

Saturday, the Cardinals hosted Ferris State in the O’Neil Arena and quickly got off to a strong start against the national powerhouse.

After a back and forth set, the Cardinals rallied for four straight points to win the set, 25-21.

The second set was even closer, with the Bulldogs again falling, this time 25-23.

In the third set, the Cardinals were unable to complete the sweep and fell to the Bulldogs 19-25.

Although the Bulldogs were able to slow the Cardinals, after another back and forth set, the Cardinals were able to come out ahead and finish off the Bulldogs 29-27.

It’s the first win any current Saginaw player has had over Ferris State.

One of the key pieces to the Cardinals victory was outside hitter senior Olivia Dean. She was able to record eight kills and a service ace in the match.

“My mindset was that there was no other option but to win today,” Dean said. “We easily could have come in feeling bad for ourselves after losing last night, but we flipped the switch and did a total 360.”

Sophomore Addison Bouza said she thought the team performed well.

“We were really determined from the start and were going to do whatever we needed to do to get the win,” Bouza said. “We fought our hardest at every point of the game.”

The Cardinals have an away match against Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan next weekend. The Cards’ next home game is Friday, Oct. 11, against Purdue Northwest.

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