Big Rapids, Mich. – The Ferris State University women's volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) five-set match (20-25, 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 19-17) against the Northern Michigan Wildcats this Sunday (Sept. 11) on the road at Vandament Arena in Marquette, Mich.
With the loss, the Bulldogs' record falls to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Northern Michigan improved to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in GLIAC competition.
Junior middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) led the offensive play with 19 kills on an attempted 35 attacks with an impressive .429 kill percentage. Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) also contributed to the efforts by having 14 kills in the encounter.
Senior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) led the Bulldogs in digs with 21 total. Junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) accounted for 41 of the team's 48 assists.
Defensively, freshman middle hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) was a part of four block assists in the outing.
Ferris State chalked up 53 kills in the match while Northern Michigan had 76 total. Both teams demonstrated production at the net as the Wildcats compiled seven total team blocks and the Bulldogs generated ten total team blocks.
Ferris State will embark on a seven-match stretch of home court play, beginning this Wednesday (Sept. 14) at 7 p.m. (EDT) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs will be facing their GLIAC rivals as they entertain the Grand Valley State Lakers.