BULLDOGS DROP TOUGH CONFERENCE MATCH TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN
The 2008 Ferris State women's volleyball team registered a season-high 20.5 team blocks, but it wasn't enough as Northern Michigan handed the Bulldogs a 3-2 loss (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action Friday (Sept. 19) evening at Big Rapids, Mich.
Ferris State (7-6; 1-3 GLIAC) overcame a two-set deficit by winning sets three and four to force a deciding fifth set against Northern Michigan (8-5; 3-1 GLIAC).
The Bulldogs struggled in the opening two sets as evidenced by hitting for negative percentages (-.074 and -.022), but then regrouped in the proceeding two sets to hit .028 and .118, respectively. The fourth set, which FSU would eventually win 25-22, featured two lead changes and five ties.
The deciding fifth set saw the Wildcats build a 10-2 advantage before Ferris State rallied to get within five points on four occasions but unfortunately couldn't close the margin any further as the visitors would prevail 15-10.
Junior outside hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) was the lone FSU player in double-digit kills with 12 and finished with a .235 attack percentage. Gilchrist also accounted for 10 block assists to lead all players in the match as did sophomore middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central), who also accumulated 10 block assists. Goodson and junior outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs) both produced nine kills apiece in the contest.
Senior setter Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) directed the FSU offense with 39 assists while chipping in with a team-high tying 13 digs and seven block assists. Freshman outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) turned in a solid effort with eight kills, five block assists, and 13 digs.
Redshirt freshman libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) garnered 12 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Dana Ruttle contributed to the Bulldogs' defensive effort with 11 digs. Junior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) notched seven block assists.
The Bulldogs hit a .032 clip for the match, including a .200 clip in game five, while the Wildcats hit at a .125 percentage. NMU recorded a .500 in the fifth set. Ferris State also posted nine service aces to the Northern's three aces.