#16 Bulldogs Run Winning Streak To Five-Straight With Key League Road Win

#16 Bulldogs Run Winning Streak To Five-Straight With Key League Road Win

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball team, ranked 16th in the nation, continued its winning ways on Friday (Oct. 10) night as the Bulldogs recorded a key 3-1 victory over the Findlay Oilers in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on the road at Findlay, Ohio.

The loss was only the fourth of the season for the Oilers, who fell to 11-4 overall and 8-2 in the GLIAC. Meanwhile, FSU improved to 11-3 on the year and 9-1 in conference action with the win.

FSU took the opening frame in extra fashion 28-26 and built a two-set lead over Findlay with a 25-20 victory in the second frame. However, the Oilers took set three 25-17 before FSU sealed the win by claiming the fourth set 25-23.

The Bulldogs hit .309 for the match compared to Findlay's .200 figure and FSU's total included a strong .467 percentage in winning the second set alone. FSU hit .240 or better for all four sets.

Junior outside hitter Megan Vander Meer had one of her best outings of the year by compiling 16 kills on a .344 attack figure. She also added four digs along with an ace and a block in the triumph.

FSU junior hitter Caroline Heitzman added 12 kills with senior Courtney Rehm totaling 11 kills and junior Alexis Huntey finishing with 10 kills. Together, they helped the Bulldogs compile 59 kills and only 21 errors on 123 total attempts.

Sophomore setter Stephanie Sikorski dictated the match for Ferris State with 48 assists to go with her five digs and five kills overall. Meanwhile, libero Danielle Dowd totaled a team-high 19 digs for the Bulldogs.

FSU finished with 43 digs and six service aces, but also had 12 service errors in the outing.
On the Findlay side, Hannah Tong totaled a match-high 20 kills for the Oilers. Nickyla Garverick added 10 kills with Andrea Roach chipping in nine for UF. 

Findlay also received 46 assists by setter Amanda Calhoun in addition to 12 digs from Becca Shoemaker. The Oilers recorded 49 kills and 23 errors on 130 attacks while also posting 39 digs, 10 aces and seven service mistakes.

The victory was the fifth-straight for the Bulldogs, who have now won 10 of their last 11 contests to date this year.

Ferris State will play another key road match on Saturday (Oct. 11) as FSU visits Hillsdale for a 2 p.m. (ET) GLIAC encounter in Hillsdale, Mich.