THE TURNING POINT: Ashland led 23-20 in the third set with the match tied, but Grand Valley State went on a 6-1 run to close out set No. 3.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Eagles are 2-5 when having a hitting percentage of .150 or lower in 2016, and 8-3 with a hitting percentage of better than .150.
Ashland University's volleyball team hasn't liked the turn of the calendar to October.
After ending the month of September with four consecutive wins, the Eagles lost their third straight October match on Saturday (Oct. 8), a 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 27-25) decision at Grand Valley State. Ashland is 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while the Lakers are 10-6, 5-3.
In the first set, Grand Valley had a 16-15 advantage, but Ashland took a 17-16 lead and never looked back. The Lakers won the second set, then the Eagles had a 23-20 lead in set No. 3 before GVSU went on a 6-1 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set saw AU lead 17-13, but the Lakers scored five straight points. Seven tie scores ensued, but Grand Valley scored the set's and the match's final two points for the victory.
Freshman outside hitter Shelby Woycik led Ashland with 13 kills, and has double-digit kills in five of the last six matches. Senior libero Casey Clark led five Eagles with double-digit digs with 21, while sophomore setter Kayla Pfeiffer posted 36 assists.
UP NEXT: The 2016 Midwest Region Crossover, Oct. 14-15 in Chicago, Ill.