Volleyball team remains optimistic

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The SVSU women’s volleyball team dropped consecutive 3-0 matches this past weekend on the road at Wayne State and Grand Valley.

The Lady Cardinals came into the weekend having won one game the weekend before at the Midwest Regional Crossover and losing the other two.

“I think how we’ve been playing lately, we have the pieces to do really well this weekend and come out on top,” middle hitter and captain Rachel Eisenhour said prior to the team’s road trip.

The women’s first game of the weekend was against Wayne State on Friday, Oct. 20. The Warriors consistently remained on top throughout the match and took the match 3-0 against the Cardinals. The loss was another GLIAC defeat for SVSU, dropping the team to 10th in the conference with a 3-8 record.

In the first set, many defensive errors by SVSU allowed the Warriors to make a comeback and win the match 25-23. In the next set, the Warriors more than doubled the Cardinals in kills for the match and took the match 25-21. The Cardinals put up a good fight in the final set of the night, but the Warriors ultimately took it 25-22.

The next night, Grand Valley swept the Lady Cardinals.

The first set offered a promising start for the Cardinals, but they could not hold on to their lead, and Grand Valley won 25-21. In the second set, the Cardinals started off shaky and tried to hold on, but they slipped, losing the set 25-18.

The third and final set was an intense back-and-forth between the Cardinals and Grand Valley until SVSU lost its stamina towards the end, losing to a score of 25-17, giving Grand Valley a 3-0 match.

The Lady Cards will return to its home court for the first time since September when they host Michigan Tech on Friday, Oct. 27, and Northern Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 28.

“We are looking forward to competing again, because we are getting better every time we play,” head coach Will Stanton said.

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