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Bulldogs Pull Away from Eagles, Advance to Midwest Regional Semifinals

Bulldogs Pull Away from Eagles, Advance to Midwest Regional Semifinals

Postgame Highlights & Interview Video

Quincy, Ill. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball team advanced to the Midwest Regional Semifinals with a 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19) victory on Thursday (Nov. 17) over the Ashland Eagles in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, played inside Pepsi Arena at Quincy University.

The Bulldogs won the opening set narrowly, 27-25, before the Eagles responded by taking the second set to even the match at 1-1. Ferris State pulled away, winning by eight in the third set, before erasing an early fourth set deficit to blow past Ashland in the final frame of the day.

Ferris State got a big performance out of a pair of sophomore middle hitters in Olivia Henneman-Dallape (19 kills, .415 attack percentage) and Syann Fairfield (12 kills, .237 attack percentage) en route to victory. Ferris State freshman outside hitter Claire Nowicki matched Fairfield with 12 kills of her own.

At the net, FSU junior middle hitter Chelsie Freeman had three block assists, matching Fairfield. Nowicki and sophomore setter Kaylee Maat each added two block assists on the day.

For the Bulldogs, Maat had 49 assists to go with 15 digs. Ferris State sophomore libero Leah Bylut led all Bulldogs with 22 digs. Bulldog freshman outside hitter Alina Anderson also notched 15 digs for the Bulldogs defensively.

Ferris State held Ashland to a .175 hitting percentage, while the Bulldogs attacked at a .237 clip on the afternoon.

Ashland's Erin Krupar finished with 13 kills and Makenna Belcher tallied 12 kills to lead the Eagles in the match. 

With the win, Ferris State will square off against Hillsdale in the NCAA Midwest Region Semifinals on Friday (Nov. 18) starting at 6 p.m. (ET) inside Pepsi Arena.