The Cardinal volleyball team was on the road this weekend, losing to Ferris State on Friday Nov. 1 and winning against Northwood, on Saturday Nov. 2.
The two games were the Cardinals’ last road games of the regular season. On Friday, the Cardinals traveled to Big Rapids to take on No. 20 Ferris State for the second time this season.
In its first meeting earlier in the season, the Cardinals defeated the Bulldogs for the first time in four years.
In the first set, both teams started off evenly matched, keeping the game tied around the halfway point.
From there, the Cardinals went on a 9-1 run, winning the set 25-22. The scoring momentum wasn’t carried over into the second set, as the Cardinals struggled offensively before losing 15-25.
In the third set, the Cardinals struggled both offensively and defensively.
Keeping the score close early, the Cardinals would eventually lose their footing and allow the Bulldogs to score 11 of the sets last 12 points, ultimately dropping the set 20-25
The Cards came back strong in the fourth set. After a bad serve from Ferris, the Cardinals tied the match with two sets each.
In the final set, neither team saw a lead of greater than three points. Following a kill by Ferris, the Cardinals ended up losing the set and the match.
On Saturday, the Cardinals overcame the loss from the day before to defeat Northwood on the road in four sets.
In the first set, the Cardinals started slow, letting the Timberwolves get a four- point lead early.
The Cardinals overcame the deficit and won the set after a kill from senior Sarah Tabit.
The success continued in the second set, as the Cardinals limited Northwood to 18 points.
In the third set, Northwood took an early 2-0 lead.
This advantage continued throughout the frame, as the Timberwolves limited the Cardinals to 20 points before winning their only set.
In the final set of the night, the Cardinals started on a 5-0 run.
From there, they continued their offensive dominance en route to winning the set and match.
Senior Olivia Dean, who played in both games this weekend, said she was looking forward to what is next for the Cardinals.
“I was really proud of the way we stepped up against Northwood after taking a heartbreaking loss to Ferris,” Dean said. “We’re looking forward to a good week of practice and stepping back out on the court at home this weekend.”
The team’s next game is at home Saturday Nov. 15, as they host Lake Superior State.
After this game, the Cardinals will prepare for the Nov. 20 GLIAC tournament.
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