Ferris State Downs Lake Superior State 3-1 To Sweep GLIAC Weekend

Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce produced a match-high 44 assists in the victory at Lake Superior State.  (Photo by Ben Amato)
Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce produced a match-high 44 assists in the victory at Lake Superior State. (Photo by Ben Amato)

For the third time in its last four matches, the Ferris State University women's volleyball team was victorious as the Bulldogs defeated Lake Superior State in a Sunday (Sept. 19) match by a 3-1 score (25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-15) at LSSU's Bud Cooper Gymnasium in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Ferris State completed the weekend with a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division wins as the Bulldogs are presently 6-3 overall with a 3-2 conference mark this season.

Senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) totaled a match-high 18 kills while hitting for .342 percentage as Ferris State outhit the host Lakers, .333 to .211 in the contest.  Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) hammered 11 kills and hit .290 while sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) put down 10 kills on 16 attempts en route to a .562 attack percentage for the match.  Senior middle hitter Danielle Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-Augusta) and sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) added eight kills apiece.  The two were also was efficient offensively as Hamilton connected on .462 of her attack opportunities and Sutton posted a .353 hitting percentage.

Lake Superior State had three players with double-digit kill totals, led by Nikki Stratelak with 13.  Brittany Newberry's 17 digs not only was tops for the Lakers, but also represented a match-leading output.

Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) turned in a notable performance as she chalked up a season second-most 44 assists and dug up nine attacks by the opposition while posting three kills.

Senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) and junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) led the back row defense with 11 digs apiece. 

The Bulldogs proved productive up front with seven total team blocks as three individuals netted a block solo and two blocks assists each - Ashley Huntey, Anne Sutton, and Danielle Hamilton.

For the match, Ferris State posted a 58-49 lead in kills, service aces (10-3), and team blocks (7.0-3.0).

Ferris State continues GLIAC road match play with three outings in as many days (Sept. 24-26) against South Division opponents.  The Bulldogs will travel to Hillsdale, Mich., this Friday (Sept. 24) for a 7 p.m. (EDT) encounter versus the Hillsdale Chargers.

NOTES - Samantha Fordyce's 44 assists at Lake Superior State was one shy of equalling her season-best 45 helpers established at Grand Valley State last Wednesday (Sept. 15).  Her nine digs in the match did equal a season match high, which was set at Grand Valley State . . .  The Bulldogs have now prevailed in 44 of the last 45 series meetings against Lake Superior State and have compiled a 64-17 all-time advantage . . . Aly Brecht's 10 kills at Lake Superior State marks a career match high, eclipsing her eight-kill effort at Northwood (Sept. 18) in Ferris' prior match.