FERRIS FALLS TO FIFTH-RANKED GRAND VALLEY IN FIVE-SET THRILLER
The Ferris State women's volleyball team appeared on the verge of upsetting nationally fifth-ranked Grand Valley State, but the Lakers managed to rally from a 2-1 deficit to post a 3-2 come-from-behind victory (21-25, 25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 15-3) over the Bulldogs Friday (Oct. 24) evening in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play before a sellout crowd at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
An energized Ferris State team came out winning two of the contest's first three sets by identical 25-21 scores. However, the Lakers were able to get back on track in the fourth set by snapping a 24-all tie with the final two points coming on a Danielle Alexander kill and a service ace by Kaity Gormley. The fourth set featured 17 ties and seven lead changes as the Bulldogs posted a .109 attack percentage and Grand Valley State registered a .042 hitting percentage.
Ferris State, which is presently 15-9 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC with the league loss, was unable to regain its momentum after falling in the fourth set as the Bulldogs trailed throughout the fifth and final set. GVSU jumped out to a 13-2 advantage and were never threatened in the deciding set. as the Lakers hit at a .235 clip to Ferris' -.286 hitting percentage.
The Bulldogs, who hit .067 for the match, were led offensively by junior outside hitter Katie Edwards' (Cedar Springs) match-high 13 kills. Junior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) produced nine kills to go along with four block assists while sophomore middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) supplied eight kills and had a team-leading .217 hitting percentage.
Senior setters Candice Marut (Pinconning) and Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) both turned in solid performances. Marut's 19 assists led the Bulldogs as she surpassed the 2,000-career assists mark in the match and also was one of five FSU players to record double digits in digs with 12 total. Rich contributed 16 helpers and compiled a match-high 20 digs.
Joining the pair with double-figure digs were redshirt freshman libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville), who accumulated 15 digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Dana Ruttle (Reed City) and freshman outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) both responded with 13 digs each as the Bulldogs amassed an 82-digs total.
For the match, Ferris concluded action with 47 kills to go with 82 digs and seven team blocks.
On the opposite side, Grand Valley State totaled 53 kills while hitting .108 as team and had 80 digs and four team blocks.