ALLENDALE, Mich. – They say it is difficult to beat a team three times in a season. Tonight in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Volleyball Tournament the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals defeated the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in three straight sets (19-25, 22-25, 19-25). Saginaw Valley had defeated the ‘Cats twice during the regular season by the same 3-1 score. The Cardinals now advance to the championships match tomorrow (Nov. 16) to face Grand Valley State University. NMU is currently 20-11 on the season while Saginaw valley improves to 23-6.
Mandie Meyer was the lone ‘Cat to have 10 or more kills for the match. She ended the night with 13 kills in 44 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .114. As a team the ‘Cats struggled a bit as they had 34 kills in 137 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .073. Caryn VanBeckum was next with nine kills for the ‘Cats.
Rachel Green had 26 assists and 10 digs for the match. NMU only had one service ace for the match and that was from Cassie Osiecki. Osiecki led the ‘Cats defensive efforts with 18 digs as Meyer added 14. At the net the ‘Cats did not register a block solo, but had six block assists. Emma Wolfe led the way with two block assists.
NMU now will wait to see they fall in the NCAA II regional pairings which will be announced tomorrow (Nov. 16).
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