THE TURNING POINT: Trailing 2-1 going into the fourth set, and tied 18-18 in that fourth set, Saginaw Valley State went on to win 25-21, then take the fifth set and the match.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Cardinals had a .409 hitting percentage in the fifth set.
The Ashland University volleyball team saw its four-match winning streak and its three-five-set-match winning streak snapped on Saturday (Oct. 1) at Saginaw Valley State, 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10).
The Eagles are 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while the Cardinals are 7-8, 3-4.
Ashland and Saginaw Valley alternated wins in the first three sets, with the Eagles taking a 2-1 lead into the fourth set. With set No. 4 tied at 18, the Cardinals outscored AU 7-3 the rest of the way to tie the match at 2.
Ashland has had a propensity of late of getting off to hot starts in the fifth set of matches, but SVSU took leads of 4-1, 7-2 and 12-5 en route to the victory.
Senior outside hitter Alli Cudworth finished the match with 23 kills and 15 digs for her seventh double-double of 2016. She also became the fourth player in Ashland volleyball history to go past the 1,500-kill mark.
Freshman outside hitter Shelby Woycik and sophomore middle blocker Reanne Neal each had 13 kills, while sophomore setter Kayla Pfeiffer had a career-high 56 assists. Senior libero Casey Clark added 21 digs to move into fourth place on AU's all-time list.
UP NEXT: Back on the road for a fourth consecutive match away from Ashland on Friday (Oct. 7) against Ferris State.