Volleyball defeats Grand Valley State 3-1

Junior rightside hitter Peyton Gerstacker (right) and senior outside hitter Haley Clum (left) defend against Grand Valley State this last Saturday. Vanguard Photographer | Vincent Ford

On Oct. 8 the cardinals continued its season with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) matchup with GLIAC South Division leader Ferris State.

During the first set of the match SVSU as able to record 15 kills compared to the 14 kills from Ferris State.

Ferris State only committed one error on attack in the set compared to the 6 SVSU had, allowing them to take the first set 25-23.

In the second set Saginaw Valley was able to take a 9-5 lead, but two runs of five-plus points for the Bulldogs allowed them to take the lead and finish the set up 25-18.

After a back and forth start to the third set Ferris State was able to pull away late with a five-point run.

SVSU was unable to come back and fell by a score of 25-21, being swept in the three sets.

Senior outside hitter Maria Vukaj and sophomore hitter Rylee Zimmer led the Cardinals with nine kills during the three matches, followed by freshman outside hitter Sarah Veale who had eight.

Saginaw Valley also combined for 62 digs in the match led again by Vukaj who had 17 along with sophomore hitter Peyton Gerstacker and freshman defensive specialist Kelsey Vittitow who both ended up in double digits.

On Oct. 9 SVSU faced another GLIAC opponent at home as Grand Valley State traveled to University Center.

Grand Valley got off to a good start by taking the first set from SVSU by a score of 25-18. After being down 16-14 the Lakers were able to take a 20-16 lead before finishing off the set with a win.

In the second set both teams went back and forth scoring points until they were tied at 20. After Grand Valley took a 22-20 lead, SVSU was able to tie the set again.

Following a GV point, SVSU went on a three-point run to win the set 25-23.

During the third set both teams again were tied late.

SVSU was able to score five of the final seven points to defeat the Lakers 25-21.

In the final set the Cardinals used an early four-point run to put the Lakers down and never looked back as they held off a late comeback 25-19, defeating the Lakers in four sets.

Veale and Vukaj reached double digit kills for the Cardinals while Vittitow, Vukaj, Gerstacker and freshman defensive specialist Caitlinn Pistro were able to record double digit digs.

SVSU currently sits at fourth place in the GLIAC North Division with a record of 10-4 this season.

Saginaw Valley will play two regional crossover games over the course of the next week, with both opponents and locations to be announced.


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