#22 Ferris State Volleyball Delights Young Fans With 3-0 Sweep In Special Noon Match

#22 Ferris State Volleyball Delights Young Fans With 3-0 Sweep In Special Noon Match

Big Rapids, Mich. - In a special noon match during a school day event, the nationally 22nd-ranked Ferris State University women's volleyball squad gave its young fans plenty to cheer about as the Bulldogs rolled to a 3-0 triumph over visiting Michigan Tech on Friday (Oct. 24) afternoon at the Ewigleben Sports Arena.

The Bulldogs opened up a special "Dogs vs. Dogs" weekend against Michigan Tech with the initial victory as the two schools will meet in three other sports over the next day, including hockey, football and soccer.

Ferris State took the opening set 25-16 before winning the second frame 25-18 and closing out the Huskies with a 25-13 win in the third set. The win came before a capacity crowd that included students from several area schools who made the special field trip to the FSU campus. Along with the match, they received autographs and had a chance to meet Bulldog players following the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tilt.

The Bulldogs utilized a balanced effort in beating the Huskies to improve to 14-5 overall and 11-1 in conference play. FSU was led by senior outside hitter Courtney Rehm, who totaled a match-high 10 kills, including five in the opening set.

Overall, Ferris State hit .275 for the afternoon and limited MTU to a .018 showing in attack percentage. FSU posted a .242 figure or higher in each of the three sets and hit an impressive .355 in winning the third frame. MTU compiled a negative hitting figure in two of the three total sets.

Along with Rehm, the Bulldogs received nine kills from junior outside hitter Megan Vander Meer to go with eight by junior Caroline Heitzman. Junior Alexis Huntey added six kills to help the Bulldog cause.

The offense was dictated by sophomore setter Stephanie Sikorski, who had 32 assists in the match. In addition, FSU received a strong defensive effort with junior libero Danielle Dowd totaling a team-best 15 digs. Vander Meer added 14 digs, Rehm had nine and Huntey totaled eight on the day.

Meanwhile, Michigan Tech's Kendall Ward and Lauren Emmert both netted six kills each. Rachel Pohlod tallied 21 asssists with Jacqueline Aird recording a match-high 21 digs. Kalie Hart added 13 digs for the Huskies, who fell to 9-12 overall and 6-6 in league action.

Ferris State finished with 41 kills and only 11 attack errors on 109 total attempts in comparison to MTU's 25 kills and 23 errors on 109 attacks. The Bulldogs had 55 digs, nine blocks and six aces to go with six service mistakes while Michigan Tech finished with 54 digs, three aces and two blocks in addition to three service errors.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday (Oct. 25) as they host Northern Michigan in a big GLIAC North Division encounter at 3 p.m. (ET) in Big Rapids. The Wildcats entered the day tied with FSU for second place overall in the divisional standings.

After Saturday's match, the Bulldogs host archrival and GLIAC North leader Grand Valley State on Tuesday (Oct. 28) starting at 7 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.