Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball squad scored its second preseason exhibition win over an NCAA Division I opponent in as many days as the Bulldogs beat Central Michigan 3-1 on Saturday (Aug. 19) in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The Bulldogs, who are ranked 14th in the 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Preseason National Rankings, had previously beat Western Michigan 3-2 on Friday afternoon in Kalamazoo.
In Saturday's exhibition against the Chippewas, FSU won the opening two frames by scores of 25-23 and 25-17 before CMU responded with a 25-15 win in the fourth set. However, the Bulldogs clinched the victory by winning a thrilling 34-32 decision in the fourth frame.
Senior middle hitter Ayanna Buckley paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 19 kills. She hit .400 for the match and added five block assists along with a solo swat at the net.
Meanwhile, sophomore outside hitter Allyson Cappel chipped in with 13 kills and nine digs while sophomore Katie Placek netted 10 digs. Senior libero Lauren Reminga paced the Bulldogs defensively with 17 digs in the victory while sophomore setter Maeve Grimes tallied 52 assists and seven digs.
Ferris State hit .258 for the evening and tallied 64 kills along with 54 digs, nine total blocks and five aces. CMU had a .254 attack figure with 53 kills, 62 digs, 18 blocks and four aces.
Emily Wenglikowski led the Chippewas with a match-high 20 kills while Lyza Myers added 13 kills. Megan Kern totaled 13 digs and was one of four CMU players with 10 digs or more in the setback.
Ferris State will face a difficult slate early in the 2017 season with a number of nationally-ranked opponents on the docket as the Bulldogs host their own FSU Invitational to start the year followed by a trip to Denver for the highly-prestigious Colorado Premier Tourney before GLIAC competition begins.
FSU opens the 2017 season at home against Missouri Western State on Friday, Sept. 1, starting at 2 p.m. (ET). FSU then faces regional opponent Cedarville later that evening at 6 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena as part of day one action at the FSU Invitational.