The Ferris State University women's volleyball team reverted back to their early winning ways as the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 for the 2010 season as a result of a 3-0 victory (25-19, 25-23, 25-15) over the Mercyhurst Lakers this Saturday (Sept. 4) afternoon in the Ferris State Invitational finale for both teams at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The win against their former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member insured Ferris State of a 3-1 record in their own annual season-opening tournament.
The Bulldogs, who totaled 37 kills in 97 hitting attempts for a .227 percentage, were led by senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson's (Grand Rapids/Central) 10 kills. Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) recorded eight kills and sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) generated seven. Goodson was effective in attacking the ball as evidenced by her .350 efficiency percentage on the basis of 10 kills coupled with three errors in 20 chances.
Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) passed out 24 assists of the team's 33 helpers total.
Defensively, junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) claimed a match-best 18 digs while Samantha Fordyce and Aly Brecht supported the effort with seven digs apiece. Ferris State turned in another solid effort at the net with 10 total team blocks, highlighted by Goodson's one block solo and six block assists. Aly Brecht along with sophomore middle hitter Lindsey Miller (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) chipped in with three block assists each.
Ferris State led from start to finish the opening set as the Bulldogs posted a .192 attack percentage while limiting the Lakers to a .080 hitting rate.
The second set featured seven ties and three lead changes. Ferris State snapped an 18-all tie with a 5-1 run before Mercyhurst rallied to pull into a 23-all deadlock. However, the Bulldogs persevered as a MC service error broke the string and a Samantha Fordyce kill clinched the set victory.
FSU recorded 12 kills and four team blocks in the match-clinching third set as the Bulldogs ended up hitting at a .250 clip compared to the Lakers hitting for -.100. The score was almost even in the early stages before Ferris started pulling away, leading 18-10 at one point in the latter half. Four consecutive Laker hitting errors closed out the set and sealed Mercyhurst's fate.
Ferris State, which was selected as the 2010 preseason co-favorites to win the GLIAC North Division, will begin conference play next weekend (Sept. 10 and 12) with home matches against a pair of Michigan Upper Peninsula teams at the Ewigleben Sports Arena. The Bulldogs entertain the Northern Michigan Wildcats next Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. (EDT) before resuming action on the court Sunday, Sept. 12, versus the Michigan Tech Huskies. Match time for the matchup with MTU is slated for a 2 p.m. (EDT) start. For tickets, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.