The Ferris State University women's volleyball team had two players register double-figure kills in their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road opener Wednesday (Sept. 15) evening, but the Bulldogs were still unable to get over the top in suffering a 3-1 loss (21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 22-25) to West Michigan rival Grand Valley State at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale, Mich.
Senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) and junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Morley/Morley-Stanwood) led the way for Ferris State as the pair combined for 31 of the Bulldogs' 55 team kills. Goodson hammered a match-leading 18 kills while Huntey recorded her first double-double of this season with a 13-kill, 17-digs performance. Sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) contributed eight kills as the Bulldogs hit at a .163 clip in the four-set match.
Junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk's (Marysville) 17 digs also represented a match high to lead the Ferris State defensive charge and received an eight digs contribution from senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City). Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) set up 45 assists to go with nine digs.
GVSU placed three individuals in double-digit kills, led by Rebeccah Rapin's 13 total and a .545 hitting percentage. The Lakers, who are now 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference, concluded the match with a .260 hitting percentage and racked up 9.0 blocks as a team.
FSU trailed 1-0 after the opening set as the Lakers outhit the Bulldogs, .343 to .188 in the stanza to win 25-21. A .270 hitting percentage was a key in Ferris' second-set decision as the Bulldogs tallied 15 kills on 37 chances.
Grand Valley State would avenge the loss in set two by claiming the third set as the Lakers totaled a .333 attack percentage in comparison to Ferris' .179 hitting efficiency. The fourth set saw GVSU pull away at the end to post a 25-22 decision as the hosts finished at .231 in the set while the Bulldogs had 12 kills and errors apiece in 34 hitting opportunities.
The Bulldogs suffered defeat despite bettering the Lakers in kills (55-51), assists (51-48), service aces (7-3), and digs (57-55).
Ferris State, which drops to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC North Division this season to date as a result of the conference loss to the Lakers, will visit the Northwood Timberwolves this Saturday (Sept. 18) in a 4 p.m. (EDT) contest at Midland, Mich. The GLIAC North Division outing will be held inside NU's Bennett Sports Center.