Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball squad moved one step closer towards a third-straight outright Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship as the nationally 20th-ranked Bulldogs opened a weekend road trip with a 3-1 triumph over Lake Superior State on Friday (Nov. 4) afternoon inside LSSU's Bud Cooper Gymnasium in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Bulldogs claimed their 18th-straight win by topping the Lakers in four sets on the road. With the win, FSU improved to 22-5 overall and 13-1 in the GLIAC heading into a Saturday (Nov. 5) afternoon tilt at Saginaw Valley State, which is second behind the Bulldogs in the division.
Ferris State earned at least a share of the GLIAC North crown for the third year in a row on Friday as the Bulldogs own a three-match lead over SVSU in the conference race with three regular-season tilts remaining on the schedule.
FSU won the first two frames over Lake Superior State as the Bulldogs took a 25-15 victory in the opening set before notching a 25-20 win in the second. However, the Lakers responded with a 26-24 win in the third set before Ferris State sealed the victory by winning decisively 25-15 in the fourth set.
LSSU fell to 3-23 overall and 0-14 in the GLIAC with the loss to FSU.
Ferris State had 15 players see action in the victory with the Bulldogs compiling 63 kills and only 19 errors on 158 attempts while hitting .278 overall. The Bulldogs finished with 57 digs, six aces, six block assists, three solo blocks and nine service mistakes.
Freshman Allyson Cappel paced FSU with 16 kills in the victory while Ayanna Buckley added 13 kills and sophomore Katie Placek chipped in nine kills. Libero Lauren Reminga tallied 20 digs with Placek adding 11 digs.
Senior setter Stephanie Sikorski compiled 49 assists in leading Ferris State. In addition, she added seven digs and notched her 1,000th career dig in the road win.
Amanda Reid paced Lake Superior State with 12 kills and 12 digs. LSSU also received 16 digs from Justice Kjolhede.
Ferris State and SVSU will square off on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in University Center, Mich.