Volleyball clinch No. 4 GLIAC tournament spot with NU win

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After a slow start, the SVSU volleyball team took the victory against Lake Superior State University 3-2 on Friday, Nov. 3.

“The team started the match a little flat,” head coach Will Stanton said. “We had to come back in set one to win. Our energy wasn’t where it needed to be, but it built throughout the match. We had to build our own as the match went on. We stayed pretty positive.”

Junior Sarah Tabit had an excellent game, as she led the team with 20 kills along with Junior Abbie Toland, who added 21 digs, though it took a team effort.

“Hannah Tabit and Tamara Heller helped with the energy,” Stanton said. “They took on that roll (Friday).”

On the power of their tough serving attack, Lake State came back with service aces and kills in the fourth set to come back from a 20-11 deficit.

“LSSU has a tough serve, and we weren’t ready for that level of aggressive serving,” Stanton said. “We didn’t pass well for most of the match, and our serving wasn’t strong enough to match that.”

In the last set, the team came back to win the game with a score of 17-6.

“We did well returning attacks,” Stanton said. “We turned a lot of balls back and had to work hard for that.”

The team did well overall, and every player on the roster had the opportunity to contribute to the team’s win.

“We ended up playing every active player on the roster,” Stanton said. “Everyone had to contribute. A couple were out on injury, but everybody got to help throughout the game.”

The Lady Cards’ next game is at home against Wayne State University as a part of the GLIAC Quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 7.