Volleyball

FERRIS EXTENDS WINNING STREAK WITH IMPRESSIVE HOME VICTORY

Volley For The Cure
The Ferris State volleyball team celebrated "Volley For The Cure" in impressive style as the Bulldogs handed Hillsdale a 3-1 loss (25-17, 25-22, 19-15, 25-16) Friday (Oct. 3) evening in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest before a capacity crowd at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris State (10-7; 4-4 GLIAC) started out strong as the Bulldogs hit for .192 and .297, respectively, in the first two sets. Following a third-set loss, FSU regained its momentum as the Bulldogs turned in a match-best .455 attack percentage in the fourth set while holding the Chargers to only -.080 hitting efficiency.

FSU held a significant advantage in kills (50-35) while also posting greater numbers in service aces (11-5), digs (43-32), and total team blocks (8.0-4.0).

Junior outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs) continued to produce for the Bulldogs with a match-leading 12 kills on .526 hitting. Junior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) chipped in with 11 kills on .280 attacking and recorded a match-best tying four blocks assists. Junior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) contributed seven kills to go with a .357 hitting percentage while also chalking up four block assists.

Senior setter-outside hitter Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) totaled 22 assists with four aces, nine digs, and four block assists. Senior setter-outside hitter Candice Marut (Pinconning) returned to the court after missing the last two weeks due to injury and responded with 18 assists and a .400 attack percentage.

The Bulldogs, who donned pink uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, performed well from a defensive standpoint as the hosts held Hillsdale to a .099 attack percentage. Individually, sophomore defensive specialist Dana Ruttle's (Reed City) 11 digs led all players and redshirt freshman libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) notched double digits with 10 total.



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