The Ferris State University women's volleyball team concluded play at the 2010 Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament this Saturday (Oct. 16) as the Bulldogs completed the two-day tournament with a 1-2 record as a result of suffering a 3-2 setback (25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 12-15) to Wisconsin-Parkside at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill.
With the non-conference loss, Ferris State's overall record dips to 11-8 on the season.
The tandem of senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) and junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) combined for 39 of the Bulldogs' 58 kills in the contest as Ferris State would register a .255 hitting percentage. Goodson led all players in the match with 20 kills in 37 hitting attempts for a .297 percentage while Huntey recorded 19 kills in 45 attempts and hit at a .267 clip.
Directing the FSU offense was sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt), who reached the 50-assists mark in match for the third time this season with 52 total helpers. A pair of liberos, junior Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) and senior Dana Ruttle (Reed City) led the way in the backrow with 18 and 14 digs, respectively. For Tobiczyk, the total represented a match high as she racked up double figures in that statistical category for the 16th time this fall.
At the net, Ferris State put on a dominating performance as evidenced by the Bulldogs' 10 total team blocks. Arielle Goodson did most of the damage with two block solos and four block assists. Samantha Fordyce chipped in with a block solo and a pair of block assists while sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) added three block assists.
The Bulldogs had to fight an uphill battle in the match as Wisconsin-Parkside came away with victories (25-19 and 25-17) in the opening two sets. However, Ferris State would regain its composure as the Bulldogs grabbed a 25-18 win in the third set by hitting at .304 efficiency while limiting the Rangers to only a .097 attack percentage.
The fourth set, which consisted of three ties and one lead change, resulted in Ferris State registering a .303 hitting percentage and forcing Wisconsin-Parkside to a .156 success rate on its attempts. Late in the set, UWP closed to within three points on a couple of occasions but the Bulldogs earned two of the final three points on kills by Arielle Goodson and Ashley Huntey to force a deciding fifth set.
In the fifth, Wisconsin-Parkside came out to take an 8-4 advantage but Ferris State would gradually chip away at the Rangers' lead to make it an 11-10 contest on Ashley Huntey's kill. The Rangers would score two points in a row to go up 13-10 before the two teams exchanged a kill. Ashley Huntey would tally the Bulldogs' final point on a kill before Caroline Langer extinguished any aspirations of a FSU comeback with a match-winning kill. Ferris State posted a .350 hitting percentage in the fifth set while Wisconsin-Parkside turned in a match-best .500 attack percentage.
Ferris State resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play next weekend, Oct. 22 and 24, with a pair of road encounters against Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech, respectively. The Bulldogs' final regular-season road swing begins this Friday (Oct. 22) versus Northern Michigan in a 7 p.m. (EDT) match at Marquette, Mich.