Big Rapids, Mich. The nationally 23rd-ranked Ferris State University women's volleyball team continued its impressive homecourt play, taking down the Findlay Oilers 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) this Friday (Sept. 23) afternoon in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The win came in a special noon match played before over 500 fans, including plenty of students from Mecosta County, who received autographs from the Bulldog players after the match.
With the victory, Ferris State improves to a 9-1 overall and owns a 5-1 record in GLIAC play. The win also keps FSU's perfect mark at home inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena where the Bulldogs are now 8-0 on the year. The loss dropped the Oilers to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in conference matches.
The first set held one tie and the Bulldogs led for the entire frame. In that set, the Bulldogs had 13 kills, on 27 attempts, totaling a.444 kill percentage. The second set saw nine tie scores and three lead changes. The finale set had nine tie scores and four lead changes, with the Bulldogs pulling from behind for most of the match, but gaining the win (25-23).
Two Bulldog outside hitters accounted for double-digit kills. Junior outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) tallied 10 kills in the sweep. Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) had 12 kills, including five in the first set.
Junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) had 30 assists in the match to contribute to a team total of 32. The first set saw 11 of Foryce's helpers.
The Bulldogs also had seven blocks in the match compared to the Oilers' one. Four Bulldogs accounted for multiple blocks. Leading the defense were freshman middle hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) and Huntey, who each had three. Huntey contributed one block solo, and two block assists. Rehm had three block assists.
Ferris State continues home play this Saturday, Sept. 24, against the Hillsdale Chargers, who are currently ranked first in the GLIAC's South Division and 10th in the national AVCA poll. The action begins at 2 p.m. (ET) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids.
FSU will then host Wayne State on Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 2 p.m. (ET) league tilt at home.