#4 Ferris State Powers Past Tiffin For 18th-Straight Home Win

#4 Ferris State Powers Past Tiffin For 18th-Straight Home Win

Big Rapids, Mich. - Nationally fourth-ranked Ferris State powered past the Tiffin Dragons to push their home winning streak to 18 consecutive matches with a 3-0 sweep on Friday (Oct. 2) night in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at the Ewigleben Sports Arena.

The league-leading Bulldogs fought back for a 26-24 late comeback win over Tiffin in the first set and then took the victory with wins of 25-20 and 25-23 in the next two frames, respectively, to account for the final margin.

Ferris State improved to 14-1 overall and stayed unbeaten at 6-0 in the GLIAC with the triumph while the Dragons fell to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play after having entered the contest with only a single loss in league play.

Senior middle hitter Caroline Heitzman slammed home 13 kills to pace the Bulldogs and hit an impressive .458 for the match. Her team-high efforts helped the Bulldogs compile 46 kills and a .240 attack percentage for the evening.

In addition to Heitzman, senior outside hitter Alexis Huntey notched 10 kills with fellow senior outside hitter Megan Vander Meer tallying nine kills. Sophomore middle hitter Ayanna Buckley also contributed nine kills in the win.

Ferris State posted 48 digs in the match with both Huntey and senior libero Danielle Dowd leading the charge with 12 digs apiece. Vander Meer chipped in with seven digs overall. 

FSU also recorded four service aces and two blocks in the contest with junior setter Stephanie Sikorski totaling 34 assists. The Bulldogs finished with nine service mistakes.

On the Tiffin side, Olivia Cobb was the lone player to reach double-figures in kills with 12 in the match. Libero Taylor Lattimore came up with a match-high 23 digs and Emily Weithman totaled 30 assists from the setter position.

TU was limited to a .175 attack figure with 38 kills in the match. The Dragons also compiled 55 digs and seven total blocks, but had only two aces and five service errors.

After the first set, which was tied 12 times and featured six lead changes, the Bulldogs took control with no ties or lead changes in the second frame and only two of each in the final set.

The Bulldogs have currently won 30 of their last 32 home matches, including the 18-straight, and are 56-6 overall at home dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.

Ferris State wraps up its weekend homestand by hosting Ohio Dominican in GLIAC play on Saturday (Oct. 3) starting at 3 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.