SVSU traveled north for both of their matchups over the weekend of Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 as they faced two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) opponents in Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech.
In its Oct. 1 matchup Saginaw Valley split the first four sets with Northern Michigan looking to spoil their homecoming game.
During the first set SVSU was able to get 14 kills and used a seven-point run in the middle of the set to pull away and win 25- 18.
After only getting nine kills in the second set leading to a 25-20 loss, Saginaw Valley made it back to double digits as they recorded ten kills in the third set to hold off Northern by a score of 25-13.
Set four ended with 13 kills for the Cardinals, but 4 errors helped the Wildcats pull off a 25-19 win in the set, forcing a fifth set tiebreaker.
SVSU was unable to secure the win in the fifth set with three hitting errors holding them back, causing a 15-11 loss.
Sophomore hitter Rylee Zimmer led Saginaw Valley with 12 kills during the match.
Freshman outside hitter Madison Thompson and senior middle hitter Haley Clum each were able to reach double digit kills as well.
Kelsey Vittitow, a freshman defensive specialist, also had a strong performance with 20 digs for the Cardinals.
Saginaw Valley traveled from Marquette to Houghton on Oct. 2 to face off with the Michigan Tech Huskies.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first set SVSU was able to catch up and tie the set at 4-4.
Both teams traded points until Michigan Tech was able to pull away after a tie of 8-8 to shut the Cardinals down by a final score of 25-13.
During the second set Saginaw Valley fell behind early as the Huskies were able to take an 18-6 lead before winning the set 25-10.
Looking for a win in the third set SVSU had their best showing of the match in terms of points scored.
After falling behind 9-3 Saginaw Valley was able to keep pace and was trailing 19-15 in the late stretch of the set.
Michigan Tech however was able to finish on a 6-2 run, finishing off the three-set sweep of the Cardinals.
Clum had five kills for SVSU which was the most of any Cardinal in the match followed by senior outside hitter Maria Vukaj who had four.
Vittitow and junior setter Peyton Gerstacker each were able to reach double digit digs for SVSU.
With the two losses over the weekend the Cardinals record moves to 9-3 overall with a 1-3 record in GLIAC play this season.
SVSU will continue action on Oct. 8 at home against Ferris State followed by a home matchup with Grand Valley on Oct. 9 and a third home match with Davenport on Oct. 10.