Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball squad suffered its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) setback of the season on Saturday (Sept. 21) afternoon as the Bulldogs fell 3-1 to Saginaw Valley State in University Center, Mich.
The host Cardinals captured a 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 29-27 triumph over the nationally 10th-ranked Bulldogs in league action at Hamilton Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs fell to SVSU despite hitting .263 for the match as FSU had 17 service errors and only a single ace in the setback.
Ferris State was led by senior outside hitter Allyson Cappel, who totaled 14 kills in the defeat. FSU also got 13 kills from senior hitter Courtney Brewer along with 11 from junior Katie O'Connell and 10 by freshman Kira Merkle.
Bulldog senior setter Maeve Grimes notched 47 assists in the match while Lauren Helson totaled a team-high 23 digs. O'Connell added 16 digs and Cappel had 14 for FSU.
Saginaw Valley State was led by Sarah Tabit's match-high 20 kills. Maria Vukaj added 13 kills and had 21 digs as did Abbie Toland. Hannah Tabit totaled 50 assists.
The Cardinals hit .178 overall and came up with four service aces along with six service mistakes. They had 77 digs with 12 block assists and two solo blocks compared to FSU's 72 digs, 14 block assists and four solo efforts at the net.
Ferris State returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 24, as FSU hosts Northwood starting at 7 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.