A Halloween matchup on the road against GLIAC opponent Wisconsin-Parkside ended in a 3-2 win for SVSU.
Both teams had multiple long runs in the first set leading to a 21-20 lead for Parkside. Parkside finished off the first set with a 4-3 run to seal the win 25-23 over the Cardinals.
In the second set, SVSU and Parkside went point for point with the Cardinals eventually leading 10-9.
Saginaw Valley used a 7-1 run to take a lead and not look back as they held off the Rangers by a score of 25-21.
SVSU started strong in the third set and made it difficult for the Rangers to have any success as the Cardinals held all of the momentum.
Saginaw Valley kept Parkside from going on a run as they didn’t allow for more than two points in a row by Parkside during the set leading to a 25-15 win.
Errors by the Cardinals in the fourth set allowed the Rangers to get a 26-24 win, leading to a fifth set.
After falling behind 3-0 in the second set, SVSU was able to score three in a row to tie the set.
A four-point run by Saginaw Valley gave the Cardinals a 10-8 lead and led to a 15-11 win in the set.
Sophomore hitter Rylee Zimmer led SVSU with 15 kills in the match while freshman outside hitter Madison Thompson added 14 kills.
Freshman defensive specialist Kelsey Vittitow had 31 digs to go along with Zimmer who had 27 and junior setter Peyton Gerstacker added 21.
In its second matchup of the week the Cardinals faced off against Wayne State at home on Nov. 5.
Wayne State took the first set by a score of 25-18 as two late set runs by the Cardinals fell short of a comeback.
In the second set, the teams played evenly until Wayne State was able to tie the score at 21.
After SVSU took the lead 23-21, Wayne State scored the final four points to win the set 25-23.
An early four-point run in the third set gave the Cardinals a 10-6 which it never gave up, winning the set 25-21.
Four three-point runs and a five-point run by the Cardinals helped to a 25-17 win in the fourth set to force a fifth set for the second straight match.
Saginaw fell behind 7-1 in the final set before two three-point runs gave a 9-8 lead to the Cardinals.
Wayne State scored the final three points of the set as it was able to win 15- 12, defeating the Cardinals 3-2.
Thompson, Zimmer, freshman outside hitter Sarah Veale and senior middle hitter Haley Clum all ended with double digit kills in the match.
Vittitow, Gerstacker, Zimmer and senior outside hitter Maria Vukaj all had double digit digs to help the SVSU defense.
Clum is currently leading the GLIAC in blocks per set while sophomore middle hitter Olivia Waszak is in second.
Vittitow sits in seventh place with 3.87 digs per set while Vukaj is getting over three digs per set as well.
Vukaj is tied for the 14th most kills in the GLIAC this season with 211 and Zimmer is tied for 20th as she has 187.
Vukaj has also led the Cardinals in points this season, scoring 257 which has averaged her three points per set over the course of the season.
SVSU will have its Senior Day match on Nov. 13.
As a team, Saginaw has three seniors on the roster this season.
Vukaj, Clum and senior outside hitter Addison Bouza are all in their final season for the Cardinals.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, SVSU looks to improve upon its fifth-place ranking in the GLIAC.
Saginaw Valley has two matches left in the regular season as they face Michigan Tech at home on Nov. 12 and Northern Michigan at home on Nov. 13 before the start of the postseason.
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