The Ferris State University women's volleyball utilized its home-court advantage against the Tiffin Dragons this Saturday (Oct. 30) afternoon in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match, but waited until the final three sets to capitalize as the Bulldogs overcame a 2-0 deficit to post a 3-2 victory (21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 15-13) at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs, who are now 13-9 overall and 9-6 in the GLIAC's North Division to date this season, kept their home court hopes alive for the upcoming 2010 GLIAC Tournament with a exciting 15-13 win in the deciding fifth set.
Ferris State played well offensively as four Bulldogs notched double figures in kills with senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) tallying a match-high 19 total. FSU, which posted a .216 hitting percentage in the contest, also received 18 kills from junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) while sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) hammered 11 kills on . 409 hitting. Senior middle hitter Danielle Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-Augusta) put down 10 kills and hit at a .263 clip.
Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) distributed 58 assists to lead all players and the sophomore setter also supplied nine digs and three kills on five attempts. The leader on the defensive side was junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville), who dug out a match-high 21 balls. She was joined by Ashley Huntey and sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) as both chipped in with 10 digs each.
In blocking, Anne Sutton generated four block assists and Danielle Hamilton contributed with one block solo to go with two block assists.
Ferris State chalked up 69 kills in the match while Tiffin had a 42-team total and hit for a .153 percentage. Both teams demonstrated production at the net as the Dragons compiled eight total team blocks and Ferris State generated seven total team blocks.
Effective hitting was the key for Ferris State in the comeback as the Bulldogs produced .438 and .323 attack percentages in the third and fourth sets, respectively. In the opening two sets, FSU turned in a first set .098 percentage and then followed up hitting at a .026 clip in the second frame. The Bulldogs which would produce a .280 attack percentage in the decisive set never held more than a three-point lead. An Anne Sutton kill put the host team up 14-11 with match point on the verge. However, Tiffin would come back to score the next two points in getting within a point at 14-13 before a kill by Aly Brecht off a Samantha Fordyce set sealed the come-from-behind win for Ferris State.
The Bulldogs continue their current conference homestand this Sunday (Oct. 31) taking on the Ohio Dominican Panthers in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Opening serve for the Halloween contest is at 2 p.m. (EDT) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids.