Volleyball falls short at home against conference rivals

Saginaw Valley State volleyball celebrates after the team scores a point in its matchup against Grand Valley State. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

The Cardinals took on an intense and exhausting game against Grand Valley State University this past Friday, September 23. The quick and fierce matches made for some great volleys, but ultimately, a tough loss for the Cardinals in the end. The final matches ended with a 25-21, 25-17, and 25-20 turnout.

The first set launched into a big game of back and forth that would continue throughout the rest of the matches as well. GVSU took control of the board when it finished off the second set with an 8-point lead.

Sitting at 4-2 in the GLIAC tournament, Grand Valley did not lose momentum and continued to finish off the Cardinals in the third set; nonetheless, SVSU held it at bay with some impressive rallies and recordsetting digs.

Rylee Zimmer, sophomore hitter, gathered a career high of 15 digs. Peyton Gerstacker, senior setter, also had 15 digs. Zimmer continued in a well-rounded fashion and pulled off eight kills as well. Gerstacker followed closely with six kills and an enormous 19 assists. Savannah Thompson topped off the night with a match high—15 kills and 13 digs.

Elizabeth Brushuk celebrates after scoring a point. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

On Saturday, September 24, the Cardinals suffered another loss against the Ferris State Bulldogs. This was also a GLIAC matchup, putting the Cardinals behind 4-3 in the conference.

In a battle of attacks, Ferris bested the Cardinals in a .346 clip. Madison Thompson, sophomore hitter, led the Cardinals with eight kills. Rylee Zimmer and Sarah Veale sealed the defense with nine digs each. Kelsey Vittitow, however, dominated the back row with a strong defense and 12 digs.

The Cardinals continue in the GLIAC competition this Friday at 7 p.m. and Davenport this Saturday at 4 p.m.

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