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Volleyball ends season in GLIAC consolation bracket

Outside hitter Maria Vukaj is selected for the All-GLIAC second team. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s volleyball season came to an end on Apr. 10 with a 3-0 loss to Davenport in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) playoff consolation bracket.

In the regular season, Saginaw Valley was 4-10 with its wins coming against Ashland and Lake Superior state.

The Cardinals’ 4-10 record during the regular season set them as the eighth seed in the GLIAC playoffs. This set them up for a matchup with ninth seeded Parkside on Apr. 9.

SVSU won the first set 25-18 with help from a late four-point run. SVSU’s 13 kills in the set was its most for the match.

Parkside was able to grab the second set from the Cardinals, winning 16-25. Parkside got out to a 10-4 lead and did not look back, using a five-point run to end the set and tie the match.

Saginaw Valley won the third set 25-23 and Parkside grabbed the fourth set 23-25, setting up a fifth set to 15 points.

After taking a 9-7 lead, the Cardinals allowed for eight straight points to be scored against them as they fell 9-15, ending their season.

After losing on the opening round of the GLIAC playoffs, SVSU was moved to the consolation bracket where the team was set to face Purdue Northwest.

Saginaw Valley was able to win the first set 25-19. After losing 27-29 in the second set, SVSU took two sets to one lead after winning the third set 25-17.

In the fourth set, the Cardinals lost 30-32 in a back-and-forth match that carried over into the fifth set. The final set ran long as SVSU was able to grab a 21-19 win to move the Cardinals forward in the consolation bracket.

SVSU lost its final match to Davenport 3-0, ending the season at 5-12. Davenport was able to sweep the Cardinals to move on, winning 17-25, 13-25 and 18-25.

One bright spot for the Cardinals this season was junior outside hitter Maria Vukaj who was named to the All-GLIAC second team.

Vukaj tied for the third most kills in the GLIAC this season, averaging 3.5 per set for the Cardinals.

Along with Vukaj, senior Haley Clum was an All-GLIAC honorable mention for her success this season.

SVSU will plan to return 13 of their 15 players next season, losing only two seniors in Clum and Emily Friesl.

Saginaw Valley also hosted the GLIAC finals between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan on Apr. 11.

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