The Ferris State University women's volleyball team gave a Homecoming crowd plenty to cheer about this Saturday (Oct. 9) afternoon as the Bulldogs cruised to a 3-0 win (25-12, 25-15, 25-11) over the Lake Erie Storm in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match play at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
With the decision, Ferris State has now won four of its last five encounters and presently sports a 10-6 overall record with a 7-5 ledger in the GLIAC's North Division. Lake Erie falls to 3-14 overall and 0-10 in the GLIAC on the season in its inaugural campaign as conference member.
Ferris State, which produced a .238 hitting percentage in the three-set victory, was led offensively by senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) and sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma). The two posted a match-leading seven kills apiece to go with junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey's (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) six kills and .308 attack percentage. Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) set up 24 successful Bulldog attacks in the contest.
Defensively, senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) led the way with a match-high 13 digs and was joined in double figures by Lake Erie's Jamie Hoppe with 12 total. Junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) contributed nine digs as Ferris State held the Storm to a -.115 hitting percentage. Arielle Goodson chalked up a match-high tying three block assists while two others, senior middle hitter Danielle Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-Augusta) and Aly Brecht, each had two such rejections.
In the first set, Ferris State turned in its best hitting percentage of the match with a .321 team attack percentage. The Bulldogs accounted for five of the set's first six points and then reeled off give unanswered points to take a 15-5 lead. Lake Erie would close to within seven points at 17-10 before the Bulldogs netted the next four points en route to claiming the set by a 25-12 score.
Ferris State continued its effective hitting in the second set as the Bulldogs comiled a .276 percentage while the Storm was at .000 for the second straight set. A 9-1 scoring spurt by Ferris State midway thru the set gave the Bulldogs a 19-7 advantage as the hosts went on to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third and final set, FSU jumped out to a 7-1 advantage and then proceeded to outscore the visitors 15-6 to claim a commanding 22-7 lead before closing out the contest. The Bulldogs finished the set hitting at a .111 clip but more importantly forced Lake Erie in compiling a -.321 attack percentage.
Ferris State will now take part in the Mizuno Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Crossover next weekend, Oct. 15-16, at Aurora, Ill. The Bulldogs will face GLVC teams only during the two-day tournament which have yet to be announced.