The Saginaw Valley State Cardinals hosted the Wayne State Warriors this past Tuesday in the Hamilton Gymnasium.
The game started off intense, with the Cardinals falling just short by a score of 25-22. The second set resulted in an easy win for the Warriors at 25-13, and this carried the team into its third consecutive win of 25-22 in the third and final set. This put the Cardinals at 10-15 overall and 5-9 in the GLIAC standings.
Even in the face of another tough loss, the Cardinals showcased a strong offensive approach. The Cardinals posted a .119 hitting percentage and eight blocks total. Madison Thompson, sophomore outside hitter, led the Cardinals with 11 kills and five blocks. Kelsey Vittiow, sophomore defensive specialist, balanced out the strong offense with some impressive digs, rounding out the game with a total of 16.
This past Friday, the Cardinals hosted the Northern Michigan Wildcats in the Hamilton gymnasium. The Cardinals could not capitilize on its home court advantage, dropping all three sets by scores of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-12.
This caused the Cardinals to slip to a record of 10-16 on the season and 5-10 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats rose to 11-4 in the conference and 19-7 overall.
Rylee Zimmer, junior middle hitter, led the Cardinals with nine kills and 14 digs. Sage Shumaker, sophomore middle hitter, made the board with a career-best of four blocks. The girls started off strong with some impressive assists, blocks, and attacks.
This strong offense, however, fell short quite early on as the Wildcats snagged point after point, leaving the Cardinals behind nine points in the first match. The second set fell into a similar pattern as the two teams rallied until NMU found their footing and secured the 23-14 win.
The Cardinals did not lose their perseverance, however, and held the Wildcats at bay for the first 10 points.
Unfortunately, this did not continue and NMU soared ahead and snagged the last 15 points of the game. Despite this, SVSU kept up a solid offense and out-blocked NMU by 3.
The Cardinals held senior night this past Saturday at 4 p.m. It hosted Michigan Tech University for its third home game of the week. Unfortunately, the Cardinals fell just short winning two sets to Michigan Tech’s three. The Cardinals now sit at 10-17 as they travel to Ferris State next weekend.
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