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Women's Volleyball Earns Two Wins on Final Day of SHU Invitational

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's volleyball earned its first two wins of the season with a 3-1 victory over Roosevelt before ending the 2019 Siena Heights Women's Volleyball Invitational with a thrilling 3-2 win over unbeaten Spring Arbor. Freshman Victoria Nerkowski (Madon, Mich.) had a match-high 18 kills in the four-set win over Roosevelt while adding 12 more against Spring Arbor to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

THE BASICS

Final Scores: SHU 3, Roosevelt 1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15) / SHU 3, SAU 2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 35-37, 15-11)

Location: Adrian, Michigan (SHU Fieldhouse)

Record: Siena Heights (2-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Roosevelt (Ill.) took a 1-0 lead after winning the first set 25-20. That was the last set the Lakers would win in the match as the Saints had three big games to earn the 3-1 win. The second set was a 25-22 (.256) decision for SHU, the third was 25-19 (.375), and 25-15 (.333) in the fourth.

The final match of the tournament was a barn burner with Spring Arbor. The Cougars used an early 10-4 lead in the first set to take the 1-0 lead (25-23). Siena used a three-point run to get the separation needed to pull out the 25-23 decision and tie things 1-1. The Saints jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the third before cruising to the 25-15 win and a 2-1 lead. The fourth set was a marathon as neither team could put the other away in regulation. Spring Arbor would edge Siena 37-35 to force the deciding fifth set. The Saints would knot things up at nine points in the fifth before finishing the match with a 15-11 win in the fifth and a 2-2 overall record.

TOP SAINTS

• Nerkowski added four digs and three blocks to her 30 kill stat line.

Janel Ruhlman (North Branch, Mich.) tallied a match-high 22 kills against Spring Arbor to bring her total 34 for the day. She also added 29 digs to help on the defensive side of the ball.

Carrigan Gray (Bowling Green, Ohio) added 100 assists to her season total to pace the Saint offense. She contributed 26 digs on defense.

Anna Tartarian (Monroe, Mich.) finished with 18 kills and 32 digs.

Karsyn Wolf (Temperance, Mich.) totaled 24 digs on the afternoon.

THE OPPOSITION

• Roosevelt leaders: Kendra Lee (15 kills), Mackenzie Bell and Mallory Nickelson (17 assists), Mhari McGhee (19 digs).

• Spring Arbor leaders: Sydney Ritz (16 kills & 23 digs) and Sarah Eliason (45 assists).

UP NEXT

Siena Heights will host a tri-match with IU-South Bend and Goshen (Ind.) on Saturday, September 7. The Saints will start with a match against Goshen (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m., EDT and will finish things against IUSB at 7:30 p.m., EDT.