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Ferris State Volleyball Closes Opening Weekend With Back-To-Back Sweeps In Home Invite

Ferris State Volleyball Closes Opening Weekend With Back-To-Back Sweeps In Home Invite

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball squad closed out its opening weekend action in impressive fashion on Saturday (Sept. 2) as the Bulldogs posted a pair of sweeps in their own home invitational on the final day at the new Bulldog Arena.

FSU topped visiting Adelphi (N.Y.) 3-0 in morning action before beating regional foe Indianapolis by an identical 3-0 decision to conclude the tournament.

The Bulldogs' Kaylee Maat and Olivia Henneman-Dallape were both named to the 12-member all-tournament team for their play over the weekend as FSU finished with a 3-1 mark.

In Saturday morning's opener, the Bulldogs rolled to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 win over Adelphi, hitting .347 overall as team versus the Panthers. Ferris State limited the opposition to a .119 attack figure.

Henneman-Dallape paced FSU in the first match with a team-high 11 kills while Syann Fairfield and Chelsie Freeman both added eight apiece. Maat totaled 36 assists to go with 10 digs in the win while Claire Nowicki added 10 digs as well.

FSU was particularly strong at the net with 18 block assists, including five from Fairfield and Henneman-Dallape along with four by Freeman. Maat also had three service aces.

In the finale, the Bulldogs beat previously unbeaten Indianapolis by scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20. The Bulldogs finished with a .327 hitting figure and notched 48 kills to go with 46 digs in the victory.

Fairfield led Ferris State in match two with 12 kills and Henneman-Dallape chipped in 11 kills. Freeman finished with eight kills and Emma Bleecher had seven. Maat netted 42 assists with Bleecher recording a squad-best 12 digs. Libero Leah Bylut tallied nine digs and Fairfield garnered six block assists for FSU.

The Bulldogs will travel to the prestigious Colorado Premier Invitational in Denver next weekend with four matches on the docket against some of the nation's top competition. FSU opens the event on Friday (Sept. 8) versus Western Washington at 12 p.m. (ET) before battling perennial D2 power Concordia-St. Paul to finish day one at 8 p.m. (ET).