FERRIS FALLS TO TOP-SEED GVSU IN GLIAC TOURNEY QUARTERFINALS
The Ferris State women's volleyball dropped a 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 15-25, 25-14) decision to nationally fourth-ranked Grand Valley State this Wednesday (Nov. 12) evening in 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Quarterfinal-Round match play at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale, Mich.
|Setter Andrea Rich sets up middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist for an attack in the Bulldogs' GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal match at Grand Valley State.
As a result of the loss, Ferris State is eliminated from the conference postseason tourney as the Bulldogs are now 16-13 overall this season. The conference tournament appearance by Ferris this season marked the 11th consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have qualified for the postseason event. FSU presently sports a 10-10 all-time GLIAC Tournament record to date.
FSU will now have to wait until this Sunday (Nov 16.) evening in hopes of getting a possible NCAA Division II Regional Tournament bid. The announcement for the NCAA-II Tourney field will start at 10 p.m. (EST).
Junior outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs) was one of two Bulldogs with double-digit kills as she totaled a team-high 11 on 21 attempts for a .476 attack percentage. Junior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) hammered 10 kills while hitting for a .182 percentage. Senior setter-outside hitter Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) and sophomore middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) contributed six kills each.
Ferris' setting tandem of seniors Candice Marut (Pinconning) and Andrea Rich dished out a squad-best 16 assists apiece as the Bulldogs hit for a .111 clip.
Defensively, Rich paved the way with a match-high 13 digs while redshirt freshman libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) and freshman outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) generated nine digs apiece. Gilchrist chipped in with six digs while garnering two block assists as did Rich.
Grand Valley State owned a 50-41 kills advantage as Danielle Alexander and Lauren Reber totaled a match-best 14 and 13 kills, respectively for the Lakers. GVSU also produced a 11.0 to 5.0 blocks advantage, which featured 22 block assists.
The Bulldogs dropped the first two sets, but then rallied in the third one to win 25-15. FSU hit for .062 while the Bulldogs' defense limited GVSU to a -.182 attack percentage. Ferris reeled off five straight points to go up 21-11 and increased its lead to 11 points (23-12) at one point.
In the fourth set, the Lakers tallied the first seven points as the closest FSU would get was within seven points on at least three occasions. Grand Valley State posted a .500 hitting percentage to Ferris' .043 attack percentage.
Grand Valley State, the tourney's top seed, advances to this Saturday's (Nov. 15) semifinals to take on fourth-seed Wayne State. The Lakers' quarterfinal win over the Bulldogs marked their 31st consecutive home triumph to date.