For the second consecutive time, the Ferris State University women's volleyball dropped a five-set match as the Bulldogs suffered a 3-2 loss (19-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 10-15) to nationally 15th-ranked Northern Michigan this Friday (Oct. 22) night in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division matchup at NMU's Vandament Arena in Marquette, Mich.
The loss drops Ferris State to 11-9 overall on the season and 7-6 in the GLIAC's North Division. For Northern Michigan, the win improved the Wildcats' record to 18-1 overall and 12-0 in the conference.
Ferris came out on the short end in the first two sets, but bounced back to win the next two back-to-back sets and force a deciding fifth set. The fifth set, which included five ties and one lead change, started out evenly played by both teams at 6-6. Northern Michigan would register the next two points and never trailed the remainder of the set. The Bulldogs closed to within four points at 13-9 on a NMU service error and then trailed again by four (14-10) following senior middle hitter (Grand Rapids/Central) kill. Facing match point, Ferris State ran out scoring to make up any more ground as Northern Michigan's Kalli Herron hammered the game-winning point via a kill.Arielle Goodson's
Arielle Goodson turned in a dominating performance for Ferris State as the senior recorded a match-high 27 kills on 47 attempts for a .489 hitting percentage. Goodson, a candidate for post-season All-America honors, also served a squad-best six service aces and was a dominant force at the net with a match-high four block solos and two block assists. Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) and sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) each chipped in with nine kills apiece. Sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) also turned in a noteworthy performance by hitting for a match-leading .545 percentage, which consisted of seven kills and one error in 11 hitting opportunities.
Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) racked up 52 assists to lead all players in the match and was productive on the defensive side as well with nine digs. The Bulldogs, who had three individuals with double-digit dig totals, were led by junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk's (Marysville) match-best 21 digs. Ashley Huntey chalked up 17 digs and senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) contributed 11 as the Bulldogs would hold a 67-54 advantage for the contest.
At the net, junior middle hitter Mallory Kopa (Maryville) added one block solo and two block assists and Anne Sutton netted a pair of block assists.
Ferris State notched 58 kills to Northern Michigan's 48-team total and also produced a higher hitting efficiency percentage at .190 to .150. Both teams were highly active at the net as NMU accumulated 9.5 total team blocks and Ferris State garnered 9.0 total blocks as a team.
Sami Vierk and Emma Wolfe lead Northern Michigan as the two combined for 23 of the Wildcats' 48 team kills. Vierk finished with 12 kills while Wolfe recorded 11 total. Julie Francek's 16 digs were tops for the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs are back on the floor this Sunday (Oct. 24) against the Michigan Tech Huskies in Houghton, Mich. Opening serve is set for 3 p.m. (EDT) at MTU's Student Development Complex Gymnasium. The GLIAC North Divisional contest will represent Ferris State's final road match for the 2010 regular season.