Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball team could not complete a weekend road sweep in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as the Bulldogs suffered a 3-0 loss to Northern Michigan in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Saturday (Nov. 2) afternoon in Marquette, Mich.
The Wildcats won a key GLIAC road match to move into a tie with FSU in the upper half of the GLIAC North Division standings as both teams now own identical 11-2 league records. Ferris State fell to 18-6 overall while NMU improved to 18-7 on the year.
Northern Michigan won three close sets by scores of 25-22, 27-25 and 26-24.
NMU posted the win despite compiling only a .190 attack percentage as compared to FSU's .213 figure on the day. The Wildcats had 50 kills to FSU's 38 and posted 62 digs while the Bulldogs netted 60 for the afternoon.
Junior Courtney Rehm paced Ferris State with a team-high 12 kills. She was the lone Bulldog player to reach double-figures, however, as senior Angi Kent was next in line with eight kills.
The Bulldogs also received 13 digs from senior libero Brandie Merren to go with 10 by sophomore outside hitter Megan Vander Meer. Freshman setter Stephanie Sikorski compiled 34 assists in the setback.
On the Northern Michigan side, Lina Lopes paced the Wildcats with 19 kills and Kalli Herron totaled 10 on the day. NMU also received 18 digs from Alex Berger along with 12 digs by Lopes. Kellisha Harley totlaed 42 assists.
The Wildcats netted six aces and four service errors with FSU compiling a single ace and four miscues at the service line.
Ferris State had opened its two-match weekend road swing with a 3-1 win over Michigan Tech on Friday (Nov. 1) night to hold onto a share of first place in the GLIAC North Division standings.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 5) night with a key divisional showdown versus rival Grand Valley State starting at 7 p.m. (ET) inside the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale. The Lakers lead FSU and NMU by a single match in the North Division following this weekend's action.
The Bulldogs then return home next weekend to face Lake Superior State on Friday (Nov. 8) at 12 p.m. (ET) before hosting Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 3 p.m. (ET).