Saginaw Valley State University suffered a close defeat in a 3-1 match on Sept. 2. Quickly circling back, however, the Cardinals posted a 3-0 winning game directly after.
The Cardinals remained close behind West Liberty in an intense four matches of 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 23-25.
SVSU struggled to find their footing as West Liberty continued to dig up over 30 of its attacks. Number 11 Nyia Setla led West Liberty with 31 digs. Kelsey Vittitow mirrored this with her own impressive 21 digs for the Cardinals.
Natalie Siler, sophomore and defensive specialist, commented on SVSU’s ability to learn from the first game and really come together.
“We were able to build momentum into the second game to pull out a win,” she said.
Outside hitter Madison Thompson led SVSU with 14 kills in both games this Friday.
In an effort to regain its drive, the Cardinals pulled off an impressive 3-0 win over Central State directly following the Liberty game. The winning matches ended with an easy success rate.
SVSU started off strong with a 5-point lead, ending the first match at 20-25. Central began to lose momentum as the Cardinals’ confidence grew. Central State tapped out in the last two matches at a 17-25 and 13-25 defeat.
The Cardinals’ defense carried it to a win against Central State. Sophomore Natalie Siler tied up a strong back row very nicely with a solid seven digs.
“Great kills from our hitters and great defense from our back row players,” she said.
Junior and middle hitter Rylee Zimmer maintained a consistent offense and defense for the Cardinals with a total of 12 digs and 10 kills, followed by sophomore Madison Thompson with seven digs.
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