Bulldogs Drop Five-Set Decision In GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament Opener

Junior Lisa Tobiczyk recorded a match-high 25 digs in the Bulldogs' opening match at the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament.  (Photo by Ben Amato)
Junior Lisa Tobiczyk recorded a match-high 25 digs in the Bulldogs' opening match at the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament. (Photo by Ben Amato)

Three members of the Ferris State University women's volleyball team produced double digits in kills, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs had their three-match winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss (25-16, 21-25, 12-25, 25-21, 12-15) to nationally 19th-ranked Missouri-St. Louis this Friday (Oct. 15) at the 2010 Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill.

Senior middle hitter and All-America candidate Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) led all players with a match-high 18 kills on .400 hitting.  Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) hammered 13 kills and sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) contributed 10 as the Bulldogs hit at a .204 clip in the five-set match.  Shelby Crawford paced four UMSL players in double-digit kills with 17 and the Tritons produced a .289 hitting percentage for the contest.

Ferris State won the opening set by nine points as the Bulldogs registered a .476 attack percentage while holding the Tritons to a .194 hitting efficiency mark.  However, Missouri-St. Louis would come away victorious in the next two sets as the Tritons won 25-21 in the second set and then 25-12 in the third set.  UMSL produced a .444 hitting percentage in set two and the Bulldogs were almost as equally productive by compiling a .379 percentage.  As the score indicates, the Tritons controlled most of the play in the third set en route to tallying a .344 attack percentage while Ferris State struggled by hitting at -.083 clip.

The Bulldogs fought back in the fourth frame to force a deciding fifth set as FSU posted a .171 attack proficiency while UMSL turned in a .132 hitting success rate.  The set featured eight ties and four lead changes between the teams.

In the decisive fifth set, Ferris State scored four of the first five points before UMSL came back to tie the set at 4-4. The Bulldogs accounted for the next four points to go up 8-4, but the Tritons came right back by outscoring FSU 6-2 to tie the set at 10-all.  From there, UMSL claimed the next point and gained the upper hand by taking the lead for good although its winning margin was narrow. 

Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) tallied 42 of the Bulldogs' 48 assists in the match.  Defensively, junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) turned in a productive contest with a match-high 25 digs.  Ashley Huntey dug up 12 attacks by the opposition while senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) racked up 10 digs.

Ferris State accumulated eight total team blocks in the match as Arielle Goodson and Ashley Huntey were the top performers at the net.  Goodson notched three block assists to go with a block solo while Huntey totaled four block assists.  Missouri-St. Louis, which is ranked 19th in this week's (Oct. 12) American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Top 25 poll, concluded the tilt with nine total team blocks.  Weslie Gaff earned match-best honors in block solos (three) to go with her two block assists. 

The Bulldogs will now face the Rockhurst Hawks later this afternoon (Oct. 15) at 5:30 p.m. (CDT) in their final match of opening day GLVC/GLIAC Volleyball Crossover Tournament action.