With the end of this weekend’s competition, two historic seasons for SVSU women’s athletics have come to a close.
The women’s volleyball and cross country teams both ended their seasons on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the regional and national level.
The volleyball team competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional quarterfinals Friday, falling to Ferris State 3-2.
The Cardinals got off to a strong start, beating Ferris State in the first set behind six kills by senior middle hitter Katie Fitzgerald.
SVSU rode its momentum into the second set, leading 7-5 early in the set, but fell 25-16 to Ferris State.
After losing the third set to the Bulldogs, SVSU jumped out to a quick lead in the fourth set, tying the match 2-2 behind a set-winning spike by sophomore outside hitter Lyndsay Reynolds.
But the Cardinals would get no closer, as the Bulldogs closed out the fifth match 15-12.
With the loss, the Lady Cardinals finish the season with an overall record of 18-11 and a school-best GLIAC record of 15-4.
The cross country team finished its season at the NCAA national championships in Spokane, Wash. In their first appearance at the meet, the Lady Cardinals finished 13th in the 24-team field.
SVSU was led by senior Megan Pittoors, who placed 63rd overall with a time of 23:17. Sophomore Alycia Wright finished behind Pittoors, clocking in at 23:30 for a 74th place finish.
Seniors Lauren Hill, Jean Hollerbach and junior Chelsea Savage rounded out the scoring for the Lady Cardinals.
SVSU packed up in typical fashion, and only 32 seconds separated the team’s first-place finisher from its fifth.
The Lady Cardinals will now prepare for the indoor track and field season, which begins with a home meet, the SVSU Holiday Classic, on Friday, Dec. 2.