HOUGHTON, Mich. — The Michigan Tech volleyball team extended their home win streak to five matches as they defeated the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals in another five-set match. The scores were 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25 and 15-8.
The Huskies got straight to work in the first set as sophomore middle blocker Sylvie Rokosh set the tempo with a kill to start the game. Freshman outside hitter Aubrey Ficek had three kills to put away the set.
Ficek continued her performance in the second set, starting out the set with three aces. SVSU soon found themselves in a 10-2 deficit, but fought back to level the score at 14. Setter Madeline Haben gave Tech a 2-0 lead with a sneaky tip on set point.
Saginaw Valley started the third set down 7-2 but didn't give up and battled to a 25-23 victory. The Cardinals held a 23-18 lead in set four looking like they'd run away with it, but Tech pulled back within one on a pair of kills from Ficek, a kill from Rachel Pohlod and a service from Kienna Sharp. Back-to-back kills from SVSU's Ashley Driscoll forced the decisive fifth set.
The Huskies spread their offense in the fifth set, with Sharp earning two kills and one block and Rokosh earning two kills as well. Ficek, who had three kills in the fifth set, ended the match with an ace, as the Huskies moved to 5-6.
Haben had 49 assists and 13 digs in another strong performance.
Ficek's 23 kills, eight service aces and 15 digs were the story of the match. She was clearly the focal point of Tech's offense with 62 attempts.
Rokosh put down 16 kills with a match-high percentage of .455. Sharp notched 11 kills.
"Home court advantage was huge," said head coach Matt Jennings of the boisterous crowd on hand. "That really helped us get out to a good start. SVSU made some nice adjustments to get back in the match, but we were able to stick to the game plan and get the win.
"We had a lot of really good performances today, but Aubrey really stood out. She plays with that aggression, and her willingness to go all out is really important for us."
The Huskies (5-6, 2-0 GLIAC), who are 2-0 at home this season after finishing last year with three straight home wins, will look to make it six in a row at home on Friday (Sept. 27) against Ashland at 7 p.m.