Former Morley Stanwood volleyball standout playing key role for Ferris State

Morley Stanwood native Mekaya Carey is in her junior season for Ferris State’s volleyball team. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — It took Ferris State’s volleyball team one weekend to go 4-0 and climb to No 4 in the national NCAA Division II ratings. Players like former Morley Stanwood standout Mekayla Carey hope to do their best to keep the Bulldogs there.

In a 3-1 win over Hillsdale on Saturday to cap off the 4-0 weekend. Carey, a junior outside hitter, had 15 kills and six blocks.

“I think we’re doing well,” Carey said. “It’s the first weekend so it’s hard to tell. We have a lot of stuff to work on in practice. There’s a bunch of difference things.”

Carey saw major action on the court during the weekend. Last year as a sophomore, she was in 25 total sets and 13 matches for Ferris State, helping the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive GLIAC championship regular season and tournament championship and third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. She had 29 kills and 11 total blocks on the season and had a season best of six kills against Cedarville and against Saginaw Valley State University.

“Last year, I was a right side (hitter), which I’m not now, I’m middle,” Carey said. “I love the middle. It’s a great challenge. You can’t get into your own head and have to try to get better every day in practice.”

Carey has also been an effective server for Bulldogs. “I focus on getting the ball on the court and hitting the target,” she said.

Carey played in 75 sets over 25 matches, and aided the Bulldogs to their third consecutive GLIAC regular-season and tournament championship and second consecutive NCAA Regional Final appearance. She overall had 100 kills and 25 total blocks and a season best eight kills at Wayne State with a season best six total blocks in the same match.

Prior to Ferris, Carey teamed up with FSU teammate Kayla Rosman and helped Morley Stanwood achieve success in her prep career. Carey, as an all-state senior, sparked the Mohawks to their fourth conference title and third district championship in her career. Both Carey and Rosman traveled to Seattle as American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Prep Phenom selections.

Carey also competed in basketball and softball on the high school level.

The Bulldogs and Carey will travel to Florida for a pair of tournaments over the Labor Day Holiday, and will face regional foe Drury (Mo.) on Friday along with host Florida Southern in the Terrace Hotel Classic in Lakeland.

Ferris is then at the University of Tampa Classic on Saturday and will square off against Rollins (Fla.) along with host Tampa starting at 7 p.m.

“I think we have pretty high potential,” she said. “We have to take it one game a time and focus on the next game. We want to get better as a team as a whole. We have a tough offense. Tougher teams make us better. We want to play the top teams to help make us better.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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