Volleyball

BULLDOGS SWEPT BY MICHIGAN TECH IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

Andrea Rich
Senior Andrea Rich (#18), who's pictured with Arielle Goodson (#5), became the second Bulldog this season to reach the 2,000-career assists mark as she dished out a team-high 13 helpers in Saturday's regular-season finale at Michigan Tech.
The regular-season portion of the 2008 Ferris State women's volleyball team came to an end Saturday (Nov. 8) afternoon as the Bulldogs suffered a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-16, 25-17) at the hands of Michigan Tech in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest at MTU's SDC Gymnasium in Houghton, Mich.

Ferris State, which finishes the regular season at 16-12 overall and 8-8 in the GLIAC's North Division, will face nationally-ranked Grand Valley State this Wednesday (Nov. 12) in a 2008 GLIAC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinal-Round match. Opening serve is set for 7 p.m. (EST) at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale, Mich. The contest represents one of four quarterfinal matchups in the single-elimination conference tourney. The Bulldogs earned a wild-card berth and will be making their 11th straight tournament appearance next week.

Junior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) recorded a team-high eight kills and hit for a .250 clip while sophomore middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) hammered seven kills for Ferris State.

Senior setter-outside hitter Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) needed 13 assists coming into the match to become the ninth player in Ferris volleyball history to attain 2,000 career helpers and reached the milestone with a team-high 13 total to go with nine digs and three block solos.

Redshirt freshman libero Lisa Tobiczyk's (Marysville) 13 digs paced the Bulldogs, who also received five digs from freshman outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood). Junior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) served up a match-high tying three aces in the contest.

In the first set, Ferris State snapped a 18-all tie with a Goodson kill and a service ace by Lark. But, the Huskies knotted the match back up at 20 before reeling off three consecutive points to go up 23-20 en route to the decision. MTU turned in a .333 hitting percentage while Ferris produced a .079 attack percentage.

The next set, which featured three ties and three lead changes apiece, saw the Bulldogs hit at a .091 clip and the Huskies at .275. Ferris was able to draw within 11-10 on a MTU attack error, but would get no closer as the hosts went on a 12-4 scoring run.

Michigan Tech wrapped up the league match in the third set by hitting .167 to the Bulldogs' .038. The third set included four ties and three lead changes.

FSU was held to just .074 hitting efficiency compared to MTU's .265. The Huskies out-dug the Bulldogs by a 55-46 margin and held a 5-4 edge in blocks.



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