November 9, 2012

Volleyball Starts Off Weekend With 3-0 Sweep Of Hillsdale

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball squad started off its final weekend of regular-season play with a bang as the Bulldogs posted a 3-0 shutout over Hillsdale in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action on Friday night (Nov. 9) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.

The Bulldogs won their 22nd match of the season as they improved to 22-6 overall and 15-2 in league action with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-22 triumph.  

Hillsdale fell to 15-13 overall and 11-6 in league competition with its second setback to the Bulldogs this year.

Senior outside hitter Aly Brecht and sophomore outside hitter Courtney Rehm both tallied nine kills each in the Bulldog victory.  Brecht added 10 digs in a double-double showing.

FSU also received eight kills from both senior middle hitter Anne Sutton and freshman outside hitter Megan Vander Meer.

On the Ferris State side, the Bulldogs hit .284 for the night and came up with 38 kills to go with 42 digs.  FSU also had 10 total blocks and added 37 assists with 12 aces and only six service errors.

Junior libero Brandie Merren had a team-high 13 digs for the Bulldogs while senior setter Samantha Fordyce totaled 36 assists and also had six service aces.

Hillsdale was limited to a .120 attack percentage and the Chargers netted 33 kills with 37 digs.  They had nine blocks, three aces and three service errors.

The Chargers were paced by Emily Wolfert with seven kills and Bailey Lindner totaled 11 digs.

Ferris State will wrap up conference regular-season play versus GLIAC North Division leader Northwood on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 3 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.  

NU defeated Grand Valley State on Friday night by a 3-1 score to officially secure the outright divisional crown and number one overall seed for the GLIAC Tournament.  FSU will still host a league tournament quarterfinal-round home match on Wednesday (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. (ET) as the number two seed for the event.

Saturday's match will also represent FSU's annual Senior Day as the Bulldogs will honor six seniors prior to their final regular-season home encounters.

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