HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team fell 3-1 to Saginaw Valley State Friday (Nov. 11) at the SDC Gym. The Cardinals won 25-21, 15-25, 25-13, and 26-24. The Huskies are now 15-14 on the season and 10-6 in the GLIAC.
"It's obviously not the outcome we wanted," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "We played hard but credit Saginaw they're a good team. We didn't play our best brand of volleyball tonight, and we need to bounce back tomorrow in our final match of the regular season."
SVSU controlled late in the first set, scoring five straight after a 16-all tie, going on to win 25-21.
The Huskies bounced back in set two. Leading by one (13-12) the home team took six of the next eight to lead 21-14 and then scored four of the final five with a kills by Mariah Sherman and Courtney Kurkie to knot it up heading into the break.
The Cardinals controlled much of the third set to win 25-13 and then scored the match's final three points in a tightly-contested fourth to win 26-24.
Aubrey Ficek had a match-high 16 kills to eclipse the 1,000-kill mark for her career while also adding 17 digs. MacAulay Petersen added 10 kills and Lauren Emmert tallied nine. Rachel Pohlod setup the attack with 47 assists and added 10 digs. Elle Heinonen (25) and Halie Hart (12) also recorded double-digit digs.
SVSU has won 12 of its last 13 and clinched the fourth home playoff spot for next week's GLIAC Tournament. Ferris State, Findlay, and Ashland will also host. Tech has earned a spot in the field and will determine its fate tomorrow.
The Huskies host Lake Superior State at 4 p.m. at the SDC Gym to wrap-up the regular season. The Lakers lost 3-0 at Northern Michigan Friday. Seniors Aubrey Ficek and Rachel Pohlod will be recognized before the match.
Fans who attend Saturday's football finale can attend the volleyball match for free. Present your football ticket at the SDC Ticket Office to receive a free volleyball ticket.