Postgame Highlights & Interview
Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally eighth-ranked Ferris State University women's volleyball squad capped off a perfect Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular-season as the Bulldogs swept Northern Michigan 3-0 on Saturday (Nov. 3) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena.
The Bulldogs, who secured a fifth consecutive league regular-season title by winning on Friday night against Michigan Tech, finished the GLIAC season at 16-0 by topping NMU 25-18, 30-28 and 25-20 in their final match of the regular-season.
Ferris State started strong by winning the opening frame and then rallied to claim the second set in extra points before securing the sweep by jumping in front in set three.
Junior outside hitter Allyson Cappel netted a team-leading 13 kills in the match and had 12 digs while FSU also got nine kills from middle hitter Mekayla Carey, who added five block assists and a solo hit at the net. Sophomore Katie O'Connell finished with seven kills, five digs and three block assists.
On Senior Day, FSU recognized libero Katie Placek and Kayla Rosman prior to their final regular-season home matches. Placek totaled 18 digs to lead FSU in that category while Rosman added five in the win.
The Bulldogs also got 37 assists and seven digs from junior setter Maeve Grimes.
Ferris State posted a .221 attack figure and came up with 56 digs, 12 block assists, six aces and a solo block.
Meanwhile, NMU finished with 46 digs, 16 block assists and six aces, but hit only .087 for the afternoon. Autumn Monsma paced Northern Michigan with 11 kills and Lynzi Svoboda had 25 assists while Rachel Braunschweig totaled 16 digs.
Overall, Ferris State improved to 23-4 this year with the win while NMU dropped to 16-11 overall and 5-11 in GLIAC action.
The Bulldogs will be the number one seed for the GLIAC Tournament this coming week and host Wisconsin-Parkside in the quarterfinal-round on Wednesday (Nov. 7) night at 7 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.
With a win on Wednesday, FSU would then play host to the GLIAC Semifinals and Finals next Friday and Saturday (Nov. 9-10) in Big Rapids.