The Valley Vanguard Vol. 55 No. 4

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A&E: Sunny Wilkinson Quartet kicks off Rhea Miller Concert Series

Opinion: Social isolation is more prominent now than ever

Sports: Football continues winning streak against Michigan Tech

Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

Vol. 55 No. 4

Saginaw Valley State University’s student newspaper

POLICE BRIEFS Vehicle collision

On Sept. 14, officers spoke with a SVSU commuter student about a vehicle collision that occurred in parking lot F. There were no injuries.

Suspicious situation

SVSU students learn more about study abroad opportunities at the Study Abroad Fair. CIS Abroad was also at the event. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

Study Abroad Fair returns in person Faith Howell Vanguard Reporter


n Sept. 19, students from all different backgrounds joined together to learn about SVSU’s study abroad programs. Outside providers and parties such as CIS Abroad and University of England also came out to the event to share information. Kate Scott, the director of international exchange, oversees SVSU’s study abroad department. She also directs exchanges and short-term incoming international programs. “The fair has not been here since

COVID-19, so we are very excited to be back,” Scott said. “We have a couple of party providers here as well as a ton of faculty.” When asked about her position, Scott discussed her involvement outside of semester long or year trips. “We have our sister university in Shukaku, which we send students to, and then generally we have students who come for two or three weeks during the summer,” she said. “I oversee those incoming students and short-term programs as well.” Scott is excited about the opportunities that SVSU provides to students looking to take their academ-

ics outside of the classroom. “I think my favorite thing about the study abroad program at Saginaw Valley is being able to connect students who have the true desire to study abroad with the opportunities to do so.” One trip that faculty and students are excited about is a trip to Berlin, Germany for the Special Olympics this upcoming spring. Occupational therapy, nursing, and STEM majors alike may find this trip beneficial. Becky Toth, assistant professor of nursing at SVSU, is leading the trip to Germany to participate in the Special Olympics. “I am most looking forward to

meeting the athletes,” she said. “Just talking to them and listening to their stories. What they have gone through and how they have overcome different things. These are world class athletes. Just different. Hearing these stories is what will make the trip so interesting.” In addition to the Special Olympics, students going on the trip can expect sightseeing and tourist activities. “We will also participate in some museums, tours, volunteering, and events while we are there,” Toth said. The trip to Germany is 10 days long and will provide the students with three to four credits.

PDE holds charity cornhole tournament

On Sept. 14, officers spoke with an SVSU resident student who wanted to make a report about another student making them feel uncomfortable after a club meeting. The student was contacted and told to not have any further contact with the other student.

Roommate disagreement On Sept. 15, officers spoke with a student regarding a room disagreement. The student stated another student was very rude to them and was acting aggressive. No assault occurred, the room dispute was resolved and this incident was turned over to student conduct for review.

Student locked out

On Sept. 16, officers responded to Pine Grove regarding someone pounding on doors. Upon arrival, officers located a student who was locked out of his room and was trying to wake up their roommate.

Felony warrant

On Sept. 18, officers conducted a traffic stop on Bay Road for a speeding violation. The driver was a non-SVSU student and had a felony warrant for their arrest. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the Saginaw County Jail without incident.

Speeding violation

On Sept. 19, officers initiated a traffic stop near College Drive East and Davis Road. The initial stop was for excessive speed. The driver was a commuter student and did not possess a valid driver’s license. The driver was issued a misdemeanor citation for having no operator’s license and was released at the scene. The vehicle was driven home by a valid driver.

Phi Delta Epsilon hosted a cornhole tournament on Sept. 21. All the proceeds went to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

Several teams competed during a cornhole tournament that took place in the President’s Courtyard on Sept. 21. The event brought summer to a competitive close as teams fought for first, second and third prize in a charitable contest raising money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Fifth-year biochemistry major Kayla Sugg serves as the president of the medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon, which hosted the event. This fraternity raises money annually for the CMN operating out of Hurley Hospital in Flint. Sugg said that the fraternity’s executive board was interested

and involved in the planning of the on-campus event to spread awareness for CMN while also promoting the Phi Delta Epsilon fraternity. Graduate student Tyler Hanna competed in the tournament with fifth-year computer information systems major Austin Rippee. The pair placed third in the competition, and said they chose to participate because they wanted to raise money for a good cause. Both participants said they assumed they would perform well in the tournament. Hanna said he has been playing cornhole for around four years, while Rippee said he plays every now and then with his friends. “Every year, our goal is to raise $1,000 for the Children’s Miracle

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Network,” Sugg said. “So far, we have raised $1,050. Therefore, we would be happy with anything we raise at the tournament but are hoping to continue to exceed the goal of $1,000 and possibly make this cornhole event an annual event. Exceeding our goal is something our chapter takes great pride in as we are one of the smallest chapters internationally, yet we are able to do powerful things others cannot.” Sugg said that raising money and getting the community engaged in the fraternity’s charitable events and activities are both important. “Since this is the first year of the tournament, we are going to measure success based on the amount of engagement while students are there with CMN,” Sugg

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Multiple teams competed at the event. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

said. “I would love to continue to exceed our fundraising goal, but ultimately, I want to spread awareness about the Children’s Miracle Network. I am proud to A&E......................A2 Opinion..............A3 Sports.................A4

call myself a Cardinal and to be a part of the family here at SVSU as I know this community will always come together when needed.”


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OMSA and Program Board host Latinx Craft Night Danielle Carlisi


Vanguard Reporter

he Office of Multicultural Students Affairs (OMSA) and Program Board hosted a Latinx Craft Night on Sept. 19 to build piñatas. OMSA’s graduate assistant and Master of Social Work student Angelica Johnson explained the cultural significance of the piñatas: “While piñatas used to have much more religious symbolism, today they are used more for celebrations and birthdays,” Johnson said. “There are so many different types and styles of

English education freshman Nola Boyle shows her pinata. Vanguard Photographer Sarah Brege

piñatas, most kids will have cartoon shaped piñatas at their parties, others are shaped like people, fruits, or everyday objects. In Mexico, star shaped piñatas are also popular around Christmas.” In the Student Life Center, students created their own piñatas while listening to traditional Mexican music. They also had the chance to win basket prizes and candy. Program Board’s senior event planner and social work sophomore Jenna Krolak went on to explain more about the event: “I feel as though the event went very well,” she said. “We had a great turn out and we got to see so many creative pinatas and so many new faces.” OMSA and Program Board collaborated to put together these events for Latinx to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. “The event turned out amazing as around 50 students came out and participated,” Johnson said. “I was happy to see that students wanted to be engaged in cultural programming and learning about culture and traditions.” Aside from craft night, OMSA hosted an event called Resource Day on Friday, Sept. 23. Students learned about Latinx culture and spun a wheel to win prizes. “I believe OMSA is an amazing office and resource on campus that we are very lucky to have,” Krolak said. “Everyone that works within the office is amazing and is so dedicated to what they do.”

Voted best pinatas by members of Program Board were electrical engineering freshman Trista Cleveland (left), business and marketing junior Ben Schroder (middle), and nursing sophomore Brooke Tessmer. Each shows their pinatas. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

Everyone is welcome to attend Latinx events. “People should come to Latinx events because it promotes inclusivity and helps you to learn about the community,” Krolak said. Accounting freshman Daniel Braun attended craft night and shared his experience: “I thought it was pretty fun, and it was a fun way to do arts and crafts.” Braun said. “Also, it’s a great way to meet new

people.” OMSA and Program Board will continue to host events through Hispanic Heritage Month. Upcoming events include: Lotería Night on Sept. 29 and Latinx Dance Night on Oct. 4. For more information, contact Roberto Garcia at “People should come to Latinx events because it is important to know about all diverse populations,” Johnson said. “It is essential to continue to spread awareness about all cultures and populations.”

Sunny Wilkinson Quartet headline Rhea Miller

The Sunny Wilkinson Quartet performs live as part of the Rhea Miller Concert The band kicked off the fall series. More are scheduled to take place on campus. Vanguard Photographer Anna Alexander

Connor Rousseau Vanguard Reporter

The Rhea Miller Concert Series kicked off the fall season with a performance by the Sunny Wilkinson Quartet. This group was eager to get back on stage after the pandemic forced most musicians to perform virtually or not at all. The Sunny Wilkinson Quartet performed in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall Saturday evening, but before the concert, they worked with SVSU music students looking to learn more about music, jazz, musical performance and more.

Sunny Wilkinson performed as the lead vocalist, Ron Newman on the piano, Ed Fedewa on the bass, and Larry Ochiltree on the drums. Their selection of music ranged from 1960s bosa nova to classic hits of the 1960s like “Both Sides Now” with a jazzy twist, among many other tunes. Ashley Goldberg is an undecided freshman who attended the concert because she heard about it from her jazz history professor, who suggested their class attend it to help their understanding of the class content. Goldberg said she had a personal favorite piece from the concert.

“I really liked “Mountain Greenery” because of the duo of the vocalist and the pianist as well as the drum set riff at the end,” she said. Goldberg is a percussionist and said she is used to standard concert pieces. “I’ve been playing since sixth grade and I’m looking forward to expanding on my musical intellect.” Goldberg said she is planning on attending more concerts throughout the semester to build her musical understandings in her jazz course as well as in everyday life. Allison Blanck is a criminal justice

freshman who attended the concert with Goldberg. She also heard of the event through her jazz professor. Blanck said that she really enjoyed the drum set intro, which had a very upbeat and allegro feel. Blanck has eight years of experience on the alto saxophone, and she plans on attending a few more concerts in the Rhea Miller Concert Series this season. Goldberg and Blanck said that it is beneficial for Rhea Miller concerts to be free to the public because it encourages more SVSU students and members of the community to attend the concerts and get involved in music.

Faculty recital showcases music department Trinity Sullivan A&E Editor

The Saginaw Valley State University Music Department presented a recital by several professors in the department on Sep. 20. The recital, which lasted from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, headlined music department chair Dr. Norman Wika on trombone as well as professor Ling Lo on the piano, and professor Stefan Stolarchuk on the bass trombone. The ensemble performed Frank Gulino’s “Sonata No 1”, Ralph Vaughan Williams “Six Studies in English Folk Song” (arranged by Ralph Saucer), Lauren Bernofsky’s “Two Latin Dances” and Douglas Yeo’s adaptation of Eric Ewazen’s “Pastorale”. Dr. Wika, department chair and associate professor, explained a bit about his musical background: “I enjoyed band in the fourth grade, and ended up playing through high school,” Wika stated. “I decided that I wanted to be a band director then, I did my undergrad at University of Miami and my master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of The Valley Vanguard 110A Curtiss Hall

Band director Norman Wika plays the trombone for his faculty recital on Sept. 20 in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. He was accompanied by Ling Lo on piano. Vanguard Photo Editor Justin Kruskie

Connecticut.” Earlier in his career, Dr. Wika taught at institutions such as Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, and Providence College in Rhode Island.

WIka shared his experiences at SVSU as well: “Here at SVSU, I have a chance to be a performer as well as a teacher and musician,” he explained. “Ears and eyes are

open to the musical world and being able to see [my students] achievements is the most satisfying part of teaching.” Professor Stolarchuk also chimed in on his musical experiences: “Back as far as elementary school, I had fantasies of being in a rock band,” he said. “From there I got into orchestra and jazz” Professor Stolarchuk elaborated on how he currently invests his free time into performing on trombone in independent bands, which eventually lead him to joining SVSU’s staff: “Dr.Wika and I met at concert band during games, he encouraged me to apply to SVSU and I was really interested in the chance to reach students,” Stolarchuk explained. Professor Stolarchuck shared a closing thought on his relationship with Dr.Wika “I performed with him for several years, he is an wonderful player and did an excellent job tonight.” For more information on upcoming concert and events through SVSU’s music department, please visit musicdepartment/

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We must address the growing social isolation Danielle Carlisi Reporter


ocial isolation is more prominent now than ever. It feels eerily quiet in every class I sit in. It feels awkward to approach people. It feels like everyone talks about how they don’t have any friends. People are lonely, and there are many factors to blame for this. It’s been over two years of on and off quarantines, masks and sickness. Trust me, I have always been an advocate for the safety protocols; they were necessary for everyone’s health, but the social consequences of these decisions can’t be ignored. The pandemic took more than just lives; it took a lot of learning experiences

away. The pandemic interrupted education. Instead of learning social skills in a place where they were forced to get along with others, kids and teens learned to be okay with being alone. They learned how to stay entertained by themselves for a majority of their time. Now, years later, that habit persists, and people don’t feel the need to put themselves out there. Not to mention the literal quarantine that lasted for months where people could not see their family members and friends. Everyone got a little too comfortable staying in their houses away from other people. Some kids even developed separation anxiety, leaving them unable to make friends on their own. While stuck at home, kids could no longer rely on their usual coping mechanisms like school to help them if

they have a bad living environment. More kids and teens went through traumatic experiences, leaving them with less social skills because trauma rewrites the brain, according to Forbes. Aside from the pandemic, social media heavily contributes to this ongoing trend of isolation. Humans have an innate desire to make connections. I mean, everyone knows there are safety in numbers, so why are people okay with being alone? Because social media is replacing the need for face-to-face interactions. People get temporary, false satisfaction from seeing likes on their posts go up, but their lives lack in genuine friendships. There are also heightened cases of anxiety in this generation. Gen Z is growing up in a heightened state of anxiety and depression, according to Medical News Today. Kids and teens unable to get out of bed do not have the desire to socialize.

One thing necessary for making friends is the environment for it, but where are people supposed to make friends besides school? Now, there is a drive to be seen as independent. There is no longer a drive for maintaining a community. Adult gatherings rarely occur outside of previous existing friendships and family ties. I don’t go to church, however, church is a typical place for community meets, but as of 2021, only 22% of Americans attend church every week, according to Statista. It will take many years to recover from the affects of the pandemic, but because of other issues in our current state, like the increase of social media use, we may never completely recover unless people become more aware of their isolation. To recover, not only do we have to be aware of it, but we as a whole must be willing to put in the work to change it.

Professor policies can create harmful study habits Rebekah Williams Reporter

SVSU professors expect high achieving students but create classroom environments that produce last-minute work from students and create bad student-professor relationships. When the semester starts, professors set expectations that students will complete the classwork on time and those students who “forget” when something is due will not be given a second chance. They give strict rules for how to format emails, how to label assignments and generally give off a no-mercy attitude. Most students are annoyed by these rules, but they do their best to follow them. These expectations are sometimes annoying or inconvenient, but some professors take them too far. Professors expect us as students to

be perfect, but don’t let students make mistakes and learn from them. Trends I continue to see include professors posting the slides one minute before class starts so students can’t print them to take notes on as they lecture. Professors who give you test scores two months after the test and won’t inform you on what you got right and wrong. Professors who post lectures at 10 p.m. and tell students to watch them and be ready to discuss them at a 10 a.m. class the next morning. Professors who disable the editing and deleting on discussion posts. So, if you catch a typo of your own, you can’t correct it. In one of my classes last semester, we were working on an assignment. I asked the person next to me if I was understanding the problem correctly, as the professor was busy helping other students. My professor told me I couldn’t ask for help from other classmates on what we work on in class.

All of these scenarios are ones that I or my fellow classmates have experienced during our time at SVSU. Many times, professors have things on Canvas, but they lock them until they feel the students need them. If they forget to unlock assignments, they don’t expect students to be upset at them for their lack of perfection, yet they want us to remember when to turn everything in without ever forgetting. These scenarios that professors create foster laziness in students and last-minute work. If they had things on Canvas unlocked ahead of time students could tackle it when they know they are ready. What I miss about high school is that, when you got to class, you already knew what the bookwork was for the weekend on Monday even if you hadn’t finished the lectures yet. You knew what to focus on, what things to be listening for. If your Tuesday-Thursday was booked with extra curriculars, you could start the homework on Monday. Now everything must wait until the

week of, everything’s locked on Canvas, and you don’t have access to anything until the professor gives it to you. Homework is due at midnight or on Saturday nights at 10 p.m. instead of right before class. While these things may seem small when they happen in the classroom, it affects students on the daily. Why should I, as a student, have to submit homework at midnight? I have had some amazing professors at SVSU, and in those classrooms, the professors were understanding and didn’t lock assignments until the week they were due. They were empathetic and human and, in their classrooms, students succeeded because they felt safe to do so. Small changes to how a professors organize their classrooms will foster a better relationship between students and professors and encourage students to take the first step on their homework instead of being locked out of everything they need to do.

Bathroom doors should all open in the same direction Connor Rousseau Reporter

“Employees must wash hands before returning to work.” But then employees put their hand on the bathroom door handle to exit. The critical question that remains is: are their hands still clean? We’ve all been inside hundreds of public restrooms from all over, and while they serve the same purpose, most are built and engineered in ways that vary from location to location. But one of the most crucial parts of these bathroom designs would be the door that allows people in and out. Some bathroom doors require you to

push open from the outside in, while others require you to pull. There are even some bathrooms that rest on large hinges like saloon doors and fly back and forth. The problem comes when you use the bathroom and wash your hands only to put your clean hands on the filthy bathroom door to pull it open and leave. We all know there is a disturbingly large number of people that refuses to wash their hands, and they have to touch the same handle we do to leave the bathroom. We could sit and discuss the several ways people have tried to solve the issue, such as putting those strange apparatuses at the base of the door so we can use our feet to pull it open. Or we could always waste a paper towel to grab the handle or use the sleeve of our shirt to press the automatic

door activation buttons for those with disabilities. But the most salient solution would be fighting the disease and not the symptoms. We must observe the way the bathroom is designed. The doors of all public restrooms should be built such that you pull them open when entering and push them open when exiting. That way, those who wash their hands don’t have to dirty them three seconds later to leave the restroom. The solution sounds simple, but not everyone wants to jump up and start rearranging doors. This starts one building at a time, one business at a time, one university at a time, one school at a time. It starts first by ensuring all future buildings are built with their bathroom doors designed in this way, and then adjusting the doors

that have already been installed the other way. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the severity of germs and the importance of health and safety measures. One of the most vital health and safety measures is in the design of our buildings, not just how human beings behave in them. Understanding the roles that buildings themselves play and the purposes they serve in our daily lives is the first step in the right direction for our health and safety going forward in a world that is moving on past the pandemic. Pushing with our bodies rather than pulling with our clean hands to exit a bathroom may seem strange or even foreign to some of us, but it is possible. All we have to do is put our backs into it.

Review: “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944) is still a fun fall film Trinity Sullivan A&E Editor

Old movies don’t always get the credit they deserve, and with October coming up, I think it’s worth reviewing my favorite Halloween movie, the 1944 film version of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” It’s adapted from Joseph Kesselring’s play of the same name, and was filmed at the same time as the plays’ first year running. However, it had to wait three and a half years until the play came off Broadway to be released. It is honestly such a fun and quirky movie; I remember watching it with my mom when I was younger, and it is just the thing to get me

in the spooky spirit. I really recommend it for people who don’t enjoy horror and gore, but still want a good Halloween flick. The cast features Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, and Priscilla Lane, among others. Not necessarily who most people would think of now when asked about their favorite actors, but you’ll have to take a chance for me on this one. The film’s story revolves around the Brewster family, when Mortimer (Grant), a writer whose favorite subject is on the outdated premise of marriage, stops in to give a quick goodbye to his family in Brooklyn before eloping with his neighbor (Lane), the minister’s daughter. He’s greeted by his brother, Teddy (John Alexander), who believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt, and his sweet, elderly aunts, Martha (Jean Adair) and Abby (Josephine Hull).

Things go a little unhinged when he finds his aunts, who are loved by the community for being so generous and loving, might just have a few skeletons in their closet. Everything goes from unhinged to chaos when Mortimers sadistic brother, Johnathan (Massey) happens to drop by as well. The plot is a bit erratic, yes, but so are the characters, and that’s the best part! I really feel every cast member does such a good job displaying their characters like quirks. Whether it’s a boisterous re-enactment of Roosevelt or the little tittering’s of everyone’s favorite slightly-overbearing but incredibly good-natured aunt, the cast absolutely nails it. Each character is incredibly unique to themselves, even the background characters are fully formed people with their own personal idiosyncrasies. On top of that, each character fits so perfectly with the rest. It feels very natural for every character to be there,

and I think that’s really special. The setting is impeccable too. The Brewster home is the quintessential old lady’s house that we all think of, down to the lace doilies beneath the dusty china that’s only for looking at and the oven full of tasty treats. And, of course, we can’t forget the literal graveyard outside. It is Halloween, after all. It may not be the most explosion-packed thriller of the century, but it’s genuinely cute and goofy and a really great movie to spend the time on. It is in black and white, but it never feels boring, I promise. The characters are more than colorful enough to make up for it. I know some old movies can be tough to get through, especially if you’re not a fan of them. This one, however, is so purely fun and charming, it won’t be any trouble. It’s not a film that takes itself too seriously, and I think that’s what I love so much about it.

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Football secures its fourth straight win Cameron Brown


Vanguard Sports Editor

aginaw Valley State University headed north for a matchup against conference rival Michigan Tech, this past weekend. The Cardinals defeated the Huskies by a score of 35-13, further extending its winning streak to four games. SVSU posted a balanced 413 total yards including 205 via the rushing attack and 208 through the air. Along with an explosive offense, the relentless Cardinals defense held the Huskies to a total of nine first downs as well as 176 total yards of offense.

GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week, QB Andrew Brito, orchestrated the Cardinals’ offense to near perfection as he threw for 208 yards while completing 16 of his 20 passing attempts. In the first quarter, Brito found junior WR Derrick Hinton Jr. in the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Hinton finished the contest with 97-yards while catching four of his five targets. Fellow wideout, Arron Foulkes, connected with Brito on a 13-yard strike in the third quarter that pushed the Cardinals to a commanding 35-13 lead. Established senior WR Casey Williams also hauled in 58 yards on five receptions.

Once again, SVSU’s ground game sparked troubles for opposing defenses. RB Isaiah Malcome led the Cardinals in rushing with 145 yards on 20 carries as well as two trips to the endzone. Sophomore RB Nick Johnson added an additional 31-yards on 12 carries. QB Andrew Brito escaped the pocket 12 times for 41 yards; finding his way into the endzone on a 1 yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. SVSU’s defense caused problems for the Huskies offense from start to finish. Linebackers Trevor Nowaske and Micah Crestinger led the Cardinals in tackles with

seven and five, respectively. DT Carson Berenyi also managed four tackles of his own along the line. SVSU’s secondary came away with its fourth interception of the season; giving it a takeaway in each of its first four games to start the season. The Cardinals defense has now held each of its opponents under 15 points and remains a focal point of its early season success. SVSU will look to extend its winning streak and utilize its momentum as it heads to Grand Valley State for the annual Battle of the Valleys matchup. Kickoff is Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m.

Volleyball falls short at home against conference rivals Faith Howell Vanguard Sports Reporter

The Cardinals took on an intense and exhausting game against Grand Valley State University this past Friday, September 23. The quick and fierce matches made for some great volleys, but ultimately, a tough loss for the Cardinals in the end. The final matches ended with a 25-21, 25-17, and 2520 turnout. The first set launched into a big game of back and forth that would continue throughout the rest of the matches as well. GVSU took control of the board when it finished off the second set with an 8-point lead. Sitting at 4-2 in the GLIAC tournament, Grand Valley did not lose momentum and continued to finish off the Cardinals in the third set; nonetheless, SVSU held it at bay with some impressive rallies and recordsetting digs. Rylee Zimmer, sophomore hitter,

gathered a career high of 15 digs. Peyton Gerstacker, senior setter, also had 15 digs. Zimmer continued in a well-rounded fashion and pulled off eight kills as well. Gerstacjker followed closely with six kills and an enormous 19 assists. Savannah Thompson topped off the night with a match high—15 kills and 13 digs. On Saturday, September 24, the Cardinals suffered another loss against the Ferris State Bulldogs. This was also a GLIAC matchup, putting the Cardinals behind 4-3 in the conference. In a battle of attacks, Ferris bested the Cardinals in a .346 clip. Madison Thompson, sophomore hitter, led the Cardinals with eight kills. Rylee Zimmer and Sarah Veale sealed the defense with nine digs each. Kelsey Vittitow, however, dominated the back row with a strong defense and 12 digs. The Cardinals continue in the GLIAC competition this Friday at 7 p.m. and Davenport this Saturday at 4 p.m.

Elizabeth Brushuk celebrates after scoring a point. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

Saginaw Valley State volleyball celebrates after the team scores a point in its matchup against Grand Valley State. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

Tennis serves up a 4-3 weekend win against Hillsdale

Adriana Barrio volleys the ball with her oppenent in preperation for Hillsdale.

The team relaxes during a water break between doubles and singles matchup.

Amelia Dickson prepares to serve during a doubles match against Hillsdale.

Mallory Matthews celebrates with emotion after socring a point against Hillsdale.

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