The Northwood Volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over Saginaw Valley State Saturday afternoon (October 27). Set scores were 25-22, 25-14, 25-12.
Northwood is now 19-5 overall, 13-0 in the GLIAC. SVSU falls to 10-15 overall, 5-8 in the GLIAC.
SVSU got off to a strong start in the opening set, jumping out to a 16-9 lead early on. But the Timberwolves responded, scoring 12 of the next 16 points to go up 21-20. SVSU went back up 22-21, but senior Tatjana Rajic (Belgrade, Serbia) had two kills and a block over the final four points to give Northwood the win 25-22. Both teams struggled offensively in the set – NU hit .065 (11-8-48) while SVSU hit .139 (11-6-36).
The final two sets were all Northwood, thanks to strong all-around play. Northwood hit .423 in the second (13-2-26) and .324 in the third (15-3-37). Meanwhile, the Timberwolves held the Cardinals to .000 in the second (6-6-26) and -.031 in the third (6-7-32).
Northwood hit .239 (39-13-109) for the match, while SVSU finished at (23-19-94). The Timberwolves finished with a 10-2 advantage in aces overall.
Juliia Pakhomenko (Donetsk, Ukraine) led all players with 15 kills and 1.75 points. Rajic added eight kills and two aces.
Northwood will host Hillsdale in a key GLIAC matchup Tuesday night (October 30). First serve is set for 7 p.m.