(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) Saginaw Valley State (7-3, 4-2) defeated Walsh (0-10, 0-6) in three sets at Alumni Arena, by the scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-19 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match. Walsh is back home tomorrow at 4 p.m. to meet Wayne State University in a GLIAC battle.
SVSU won the hotly contested first set 25-22. Walsh came out strong and jumped to 1 9-4 early lead, and held their largest lead at 11-6. The Cardinals then ran off six straight points to tie the set at 11-all. The set was back and forth the rest of the way, with Walsh holding its last lead at 13-12 on a kill from Gina Kramer. Saginaw rallied, but never led by more than three points the remainder of the set. Walsh closed to within a point at 23-22, but back-to-back Cardinal kills finished the set. Kramer had five kills in the opening set. Kelsey Snider had four kills and Liza Pflugradt and added three.
The second set was tight early, with the two teams trading early leads. A Kramer kill tied the set at nine-all, it would be the last tie of the set. SVSU went on an 8- 2 run to take control, and then went on to win 25-14.
Set number took the same course as they first set; tight throughout. There were six ties, the last at 11-all. Saginaw took the lead for good at 12-11, and pushed their lead to 20-13 when the Cavs rallied. Walsh went on a 6-2 run to trim the lead to 22-19, but that was as close as they would come.
Gina Kramer and Kelsey Snider paced the Cavs with 10 kills each. Haley Howell passed out 24 assists.