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.
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.