Ferris State Volleyball Claims Eighth League Regular-Season Title In Last Nine Years With Victory
Postgame Highlights & Interview - Coach Brandel-Wilhelm
Postgame Highlights & Interview - Zoe Anderson
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball program officially clinched the outright Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season Championship on Friday (Nov. 4) night, beating Saginaw Valley State 3-1 inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The league title is the Bulldogs' eighth overall in the past nine seasons to date during regular-season action.
The Bulldogs jumped out in front first, winning the opening set 25-18 before the Cardinals answered by an identical score in the second set. FSU took a close third frame 25-23 and sealed the victory with a decisive 25-14 triumph in the fourth.
With the win, FSU improved to 20-9 overall this year and a league-leading 15-2 overall. FSU holds a two-match lead over second-place Davenport heading into Saturday's regular-season finale, assuring the Bulldogs of the outright conference title.
In Friday's home win, Syann Fairfield led the way with 20 kills for the Bulldogs and sophomore Claire Nowicki added 11 kills overall. Meanwhile, Olivia Henneman-Dallape chipped in nine kills and Emma Bleecher finished with seven kills for FSU.
Ferris State finished the contest with 53 kills and posted 85 digs, eight service aces and four block assists in comparison to SVSU's 50 kills, 87 digs, four aces and 12 block assists in addition to three solo blocks.
However, the Cardinals also recorded 10 service errors in the setback and hit only .172 for the contest.
Madison Thompson led Saginaw Valley State with 15 kills and Patricia Pratt added 12 kills as SVSU dropped to 10-17 overall and 5-11 in league play.
Ferris State will host Davenport in its final regular-season match on Saturday (Nov. 5) starting at 6 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena. FSU will also be the top seed for the league tournament and host a quarterfinal-round match on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.