After not being able to have a season during the fall semester, volleyball finally tipped off Feb. 19. Here is a recap of the season heading into the final week.
Feb. 19: 3-0 loss to Northwood 16-25, 17-25, 22-25
SVSU fell behind 10-2 in the first set and was unable to make a comeback.
After evening the score of the second set at 12, the Cardinals allowed Northwood to outscore them 13-5 to end the set.
Northwood completed the sweep of SVSU by closing out the third set on an 8-2 run.
Feb. 20: 3-2 loss to Northwood 28-26, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-8
SVSU was able to take the first two sets against Northwood in their second matchup of the season.
Entering the third set up 2-0 in the match, SVSU was unable to take any of the final sets and fell to 0-2 on the season.
Feb. 26: 3-1 loss to Northern Michigan 14-25, 12-25, 25-21, 21-25
SVSU fell behind two sets to zero in the match. In the third set, SVSU was able to hold off a Northern Michigan comeback.
Northern Michigan proved to be too much for SVSU, beating the Cardinals in the fourth set for a 3-1 win.
Feb. 27: 3-1 loss to Northern Michigan 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25
SVSU fell behind early again to Northern, putting the Cardinals in a tough position.
The Cardinals won the third set but for the second time this season, Northern Michigan was too much for them and won the match 3-1.
SVSU fell to 0-4 on the season.
Mar. 5: 3-2 loss to Grand Valley 18-25, 25-21, 14-25, 29-17, 14-16
Saginaw Valley and Grand Valley were able to alternate wins during the match. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they lost 3-2.
Three of the five sets were within four points, but SVSU ultimately fell short in the match.
Mar. 6: 3-1 loss to Grand Valley 11-25, 15-25, 25-22, 24-26
A night after taking the Lakers to five sets, SVSU fell in four sets.
SVSU trailed 22-14 in the final set but was able to take a 24-23 lead before GVSU scored the final three points to end the match.
Mar. 12: 3-0 win against Lake Superior State 25-17, 25-18, 25-18
The Cardinals were able to get their first win of the season. A 10-3 run in the first set got the Cardinals out to an early lead.
SVSU was able to score four of the last five points in the second set to put the team up 2-0 over Lake Superior State.
A four to two run in the final set locked in the win for the Cardinals. This pushed their record to 1-6 on the season.
Mar. 14: 3-0 win against Lake Superior State 25-11, 26-24, 25-22
After smooth sailing in the first set, SVSU was put to a challenge in the two remaining sets.
The Cardinals were able to hold off the Lakers as they won their second game in a row and finished up the season sweep of Lake Superior State.
Mar. 19: 3-0 loss to Michigan Tech 13-25, 17-25, 20-25
SVSU’s short win streak came to an end as it was swept by the Huskies in three sets.
After SVSU was able to have some early success, Michigan Tech was able to pull away and win each set.
Mar. 20: 3-0 loss to Michigan Tech 17-20, 20-25, 11-25
Michigan Tech looked as dominant as they did during the first meeting between the two teams.
The Cardinals were never able to find much footing as they fell behind in each set and were unable to come back against the Huskies.
Mar. 26: 3-1 win against Ashland 25-23, 25-21, 13-25, 25-23
SVSU was able to take an early lead against Ashland, winning the first two sets of the match.
Ashland was able to win the third set, but the momentum wouldn’t hold as SVSU pulled off a 3-1 win in the match.
Mar. 27: 3-1 win against Ashland 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 25-22
After splitting the first two sets, SVSU was able to pull off wins in each of the remaining sets to get the 3-1 win.
This win moved the Cardinals to a 4-8 record, and made them winners in four of their last six games.
SVSU currently sits at a 4-8 record through its twelve games. This record slots the Cardinals in as the 9th overall team in the GLIAC, above Purdue Northwest, Lake Superior State and Parkside.
SVSU will finish the regular season on Apr. 3 at Ferris State before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) playoffs start on Apr. 9.