Volleyball goes 4-0 at Malone, wins tournament

A week after sweeping their way to the championship at the Clarion University tournament, SVSU repeated its success by winning the tournament at Malone University.

Saginaw Valley began the tournament on Sept. 10 against tournament host Malone.

SVSU started their first set against Malone on a 4-0 run on the serving success of junior setter Peyton Gerstacker.

Saginaw’s fast start and 11 kills in the first set propelled them to a 25-19 win.

In the second set SVSU got out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back as they won 25-14 while accumulating 15 kills.

In the final set Gerstacker and fresh- man defensive specialist Kelsey Vittitow paced the Cardinals to a 25-23 win and a 3-0 sweep of Malone.

In the Cardinals second match of the day against Fairmont State the team pulled off a 3-0 sweep.

SVSU used 47 kills in the match to help them to victory led by senior outside hit- ter Maria Vukaj who had 14.

Sophomore outside hitter Rylee Zimmer and freshman outside hitter Madison Thompson each also ended up with dou- ble digit kills, getting 11 and 10 respectively.

Saginaw Valley won the first set by a score of 25-16 followed by a 27-25 win in the second set and a 25-16 win in the final set.

After winning both of their matches on Sept. 10 the Cardinals were sitting with a record of 6-0 heading into the second day of the tournament.

On Sept. 11 SVSU faced off against Se- ton Hill in their third match of the tournament.

Seton Hill shocked the Cardinals in the first set with a dominating 25-13 win to take the 1-0 lead in the match.

SVSU used 17 kills in the second set to help them to a close win of 25-23, tying the match at one set per side.

15 more kills in the third set pushed the Cardinals to a 25-13 and 13 more in the fourth set finished off Seton Hill by a score of 27-25.

During the Cardinals final game of the tournament they succeeded in a 3-1 victo- ry against Slippery Rock.

Vukaj led the Cardinals with 18 kills in their fourth match of the tournament and helped SVSU finish off the tournament undefeated.

Senior middle hitter Haley Clum ended with 11 kills as well during the match.

SVSU got out to a 7-3 lead in the first set to help them to a 25-17 win.

Sophomore middle hitter Olivia Waszak’s serving helped the Cardinals hold off Slippery Rock.

During the second set, Slippery Rock was able to pull off a 25-23 win to even the sides at one set each.

Success at serving helped the Cardinals dominate the third set as they got out to a 7-1 lead during the service of senior out- side hitter Addison Bouza and Waszak.

Saginaw pulled off the win in the third set by a score of 25-16.

In the final set of the match the Cardi- nals again used long serve runs from Bou- za and Waszak to get out to an early lead, eventually winning the set 25-11.

SVSU going 4-0 during the tournament helped them secure their second tourna- ment championship of the season and pushed their record to 8-0 on the year.

Saginaw Valley returns home for its first two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) matches of the season.

SVSU will take on Northwood during their Sept. 17 matchup followed by Lake Superior State on Sept. 18.


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