Volleyball rounds out the weekend as winners

Rylee Zimmer gets ready for the opposing team to serve. Vanguard Photographer | Anna Alexander

In an intense and rewarding two games, Saginaw Valley State University volleyball rounded out the weekend with two new wins added to its record at home.

The Cardinals defeated Lake Superior State on Sept. 9 in three matches. The first match had spectators on edge as the final score finished at 26-24. The second and third matches led to a more breathable standing of 18-25 and 22-25. Outside hitter Madison Thompson led the Cardinals with an unbeatable 12 attacks. Rylee Zimmer, middle hitter, aided in Saginaw’s offense with 8 attacks. The Cardinals kept a strong offense and their defense quickly followed suit.

In the back row, the team held up a consistent defense all around. Sarah Veale finished the game with a solid 13 digs and nine kills. Rylee Zimmer did not let the team down with an impressive nine digs and one back row assist.

Sept. 10 also held a lot of promise for Cardinal volleyball. In a swift and exciting three matches, SVSU defeated Parkside at 25-19, 25-19, and 25-18.

The team prepares before their match against Parkside. Vanguard Photographer | Anna Alexander

Parkside struggled to keep up with SVSU in yet another fast-paced offensive couple of matches. Reese Rossnagel led the Cardinals with 14 attacks. Veale also continued her kill streak with a total of 11 attacks. Zimmer had nine.

Peyton Gerstacker, captain for the Cardinals, praised the performance of her hitters these last two games.

“As the setter, my favorite part of these last two games has to be the execution of our hitters. We are putting the ball away efficiently, and that is what is helping us win.”

This has been true for SVSU’s volleyball team throughout a lot of its season so far. The Cardinals have a solid group of players to back this up.

“Over the last two weeks we have really improved our intensity while being intentional with everything we do on the court,” she said. “This season, we have a solid core group of returners but also quite a few newcomers.”

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