Yet another round of Cardinal volleyball occurred this past weekend on Oct. 14.
There was a Midwest Region Crossover tournament held at the Hammond Sportsplex, where SVSU suffered one loss and gained one victory. This currently places the team record at 10-11.
Tiffin University fell closely behind the Cardinals in three matches of 26-24, 25-17, and 26-24 again. Rylee Zimmer, sophomore hitter, led the women with 5 kills. Madison Thompson, sophomore outside hitter, closely followed this number and strengthened the offense with an additional 11 kills.
A career high and record match for freshman defensive specialist Elizabeth Brushuck led the defensive side with 12 digs. Brushuck was not the only one in the mood for a personal record–Makayla Roberts also hit a career high of seven blocks.
The Cardinal offense took an even stronger route than Tiffin; in addition to Robert’s impressive performance, the team pulled out another five blocks to defend the net–four of which were Zimmer’s. She also gained the Cardinals some momentum with four aces from behind the serving line.
Captain Peyton Gerstacker, setter and senior this year, tied all of it together and kept the team glued with over 30 assists from both the front and back rows. The Cardinals could not carry the momentum from this win into its next match against Walsh State.
Offense remained strong through Thompson’s continual attacks. In the game against Walsh, she led SVSU with a total of 10. In addition, Sarah Veale had 10 kills.
The Cardinals continued in this fashion for a season high of 12 aces. Patricia Pratt, senior and middle hitter, led this percentage with four aces and continued that momentum all the way up to the net with five blocks.
Cardinals defense also remained strong through both Gerstacker and Veale, as they both had 10 digs. Walsh’s offensive and defensive numbers continued to rise and it outdid the Cardinals in three sets alone.
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