(INDIANAPOLIS) – Walsh dropped the final match of the 2018 Midwest Region Crossover by falling to the GLIAC's No. 4 seed Saginaw Valley State on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers are now 13-10 after the tournament, while the Cardinals improved to 15-7.
All three sets were closely contested as the Maroon and Gold fell by scores of 25-23, 25-19, and 25-22. Walsh led the opening frame 21-20 before the Cardinals responded with the next three points. A pair of Hallie Schroeder kills were sandwiched around another Saginaw point, but Walsh couldn't stop the Cardinals from scoring the game point.
Game two went back-and-forth with neither team able to put together a rally of more than three points. Unfortunately for Walsh it was unable to put together consecutive points until the Cardinals were serving for game point. The third set was closer and Walsh was able to stay within one up until Saginaw was up 18-17, but the Cardinals scored the next five to take control en route to the win.
Schroeder finished with 12 kills as the only player for Walsh in double-digits. She led the match in that category, but Saginaw Valley's attack was balanced by three players in double figures with Emily Friesl topping the team with 11.
Olivia Zanolli made 31 assists on the day and was strong on the defensive end with three blocks. In total, Walsh was able to stuff 10 Cardinal attacks with Amber King leading the team with four. Paola Ferrario led the team with 13 digs. Amanda Adoranti added 10.
The road contests continue for the Maroon and Gold as they travel to the Mountain State next weekend. The first match will take place in Philippi as Walsh takes on Alderson Broaddus on Friday night.