After a disappointing four set loss at Malone on Thursday night, Walsh (0-9, 0-5) plays its first home matches of the season on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.), when they host Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes Saginaw Valley State University and Wayne State University.
Despite superlative efforts from Gina Kramer and Kelsey Snider, Malone (3-7, 1-4) kept Walsh from breaking into the win column by defeating the Cavs in four sets by the scores of 25-17, 19-25, 23-25 and 17-25 on Tuesday at Osborne Hall.
Despite the loss, the Cavs did a lot of things well. Gina Kramer had 14 kills and a .265 hitting percentage. Kelsey Snider had 10 kills and 25 digs, and Kelly Miller had eight kills and a .444 hitting percentage. The Cavs rallied from a 21-12 deficit in the third set, and cut the lead to 24-23 before falling 25-23, but showed a never give-up attitude from start to finish.
Saginaw Valley is 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC North. The Cardinals are on a three-match win streak, and defeated Wayne State in four sets on Tuesday night. Kelsey Ferla is averaging a team-best 3.11 kills (4th GLIAC). Kelly Velluci is handing out 9.65 assists and Brooke Tiller is averaging 4.0 digs. Saginaw leads the all-time series 2-0.
Wayne State is 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the GLIAC North. Wayne State split GLIAC matches last weekend, falling to Ohio Dominican in four sets, but then defeating Tiffin in five. On Tuesday, they were upended by Saginaw in four. Heather Weiss is the WSU leader in kills (3.09/6th GLIAC), Madison Reeves is dishing out 9.58 assists and Madison Kielty is averaging 3.81 digs. Wayne State leads the all-time series 2-1.
Kaitlin Bronikowski is fourth in the GLIAC in digs per set and is averaging 5.15. Haley Howell is tenth in the league in assists per set at 7.94. Gina Kramer leads Walsh is kills per set at 2.71. Kelsey Snider is second at 2.39.