Volleyball wins all three matches of the week

Sophomore outside hitter Maria Vukaj spikes the ball over the net to the opposing players at the match against Ferris State on Saturday, Sept, 21. Vanguard Photo | Karlee Gourd

The volleyball team went undefeated last week with a schedule that had them on the road for all three games.

The impressive week started at Lake Superior State on Tuesday, Oct. 1, where the Cardinals dominated the Lakers in three straight sets. The Cardinals turned around and traveled to Wayne State and Ashland on Friday and Saturday.

At Lake Superior State, the Cardinals were led by sophomore Maria Vukaj, with a team leading 0.529 hitting percentage.

The Lakers began the match scoring the first three points, but Saginaw quickly figured out the Laker offense and were able to rally back, winning the opening set 25-23.

In the second set, The Lady Cards went on a six-point run, putting the Lakers out of contention. This energy carried into the third set, where the Cardinals made quick work of Lake State, 25-16.

Traveling to Detroit on Friday, The Cardinals faced Wayne State for the first time this season. Unlike the Lake State matchup, The Cardinals played a full five sets against the Warriors.

Dropping the opening set, The Cardinals were able to come back and win the second set, 26-24. In a back and forth game, The Cardinals dropped the third set after scoring only 19 points.

The Cardinals played hard in the fourth set against the Warriors before eventually winning again, 26-24.

The Cards brought the game to an end, following two consecutive errors by the Warriors.

On Saturday, The Cards traveled to Ashland University to face the Eagles, who carried an unblemished GLIAC record of 6-0 prior to the meeting.

The Cardinals continued to play well, winning the first two sets of the match. The Eagles came out ahead in the third set.

Following a kill by senior Hannah Tabit and an error by Ashland, the Cardinals were able to complete the weekend sweep of all their competitors.

Senior Sarah Tabit was proud of her team’s commitment to winning all weekend.

“We stepped up as a team,” Tabit said. “We played as a cohesive unit to finish tight sets all weekend.”

The Cardinals are home this weekend, hosting Purdue Northwest on Friday and Parkside on Saturday.

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