Friday’s Ferris State sports roundup

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University women’s soccer squad had its record-breaking season come to an end on Friday as FSU suffered a 2-1 setback to archrival and nationally top-ranked Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in Allendale.

The Bulldogs took an early lead 1:04 into the Midwest Regional Championship Game, but the Lakers rallied scored the eventual game-winner in the 69th minute to advance to the national quarterfinals with the win at the GVSU Soccer Field.

In the third meeting this campaign between the two longtime league rivals, FSU’s Tia VanSuilichem stunned the Lakers with a shot over the outstretched arms of the keeper in a numbers situation for the Bulldogs at 1:04 of the first half off an assist from freshman forward Pia Nagel. The goal was VanSuilichem’s sixth of the year and third in the NCAA Tournament.

While the score stood until late in the first half, the Lakers did test the FSU defense with 25 shots in the first half, including seven on goal.

Grand Valley State evened the score at 29:30 when Timia Robinson tallied her fourth marker of the campaign on a one-time finish off a long cross from Sydney O’Donnell.

The Bulldogs and Lakers remained deadlocked at 1-1 heading into halftime and the score remained even until 69:48 when GVSU’s Chelsea Graves tallied the eventual game-winner for her fifth goal this season. It came off an aerial cross with a pass back to the middle and assists went to Caitie Baron and O’Donnell.

Ferris State had a few oppportunities late, but could not find the net as their season came to a close.

GVSU held a 34-5 margin in total shots with 10 on goal to three for FSU. The Lakers also received 10 of the 11 corner kick tries in the contest.

The Bulldogs had a record-breaking season come to a close with a school all-time best 17-4-3 overall record this season under head coach Andy McCaslin. FSU reached the national tournament for the first time in school history and won their opening two games at home last weekend before the loss to the Lakers.

VOLLEYBALL

Rockhurst. Mo. 3, Ferris 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Another memorable Ferris State University women’s volleyball campaign came to a close on Friday night as the Bulldogs fell to Rockhurst (Mo.) in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semifinals in Springfield, Mo.

The third-seeded Hawks won the fifth and deciding set 15-10 to score the win and advance to the regional finals on Saturday night. The loss ended FSU’s season at 27-5 overall.

Rockhurst got off to a quick start with a 25-21 decision in the Hawks’ favor in the opening set. However, Ferris State rallied for a 25-18 triumph in the third to even the match and then took a 2-1 edge by claiming a 25-16 win in the third. RU forced the deciding frame by beating FSU 25-22 in the fourth.

Sophomore outside hitter Katie O’Connell had a big night for the Bulldogs with a match-high 23 kills while adding 16 digs. FSU also got 21 kills and 14 digs from junior All-America hitter Allyson Cappel in addition to 10 kills from junior middle hitter Mekayla Carey.

Junior setter Maeve Grimes dished out 62 assists in directing the FSU attack and senior libero Katie Placek tallied an impressive and personal career-high 38 digs in her final match as a Bulldog. FSU’s other senior, Kayla Rosman, had eight digs in her last outing.

The Bulldogs compiled 102 digs in the match and hit .170 with 67 kills and 30 errors on 218 total attacks. FSU also had 16 block assists and three solo blocks at the net while adding seven service aces.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Southern Indiana 71, Ferris 66

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University women’s basketball squad suffered its first setback of the season on Friday night as FSU fell to Southern Indiana 71-66 in a tightly-contested regional tilt in Evansville, Ind.

The Bulldogs built a 20-9 lead after one period and held a 27-21 edge at halftime, but could not hold off the Screaming Eagles, who outscored FSU 23-17 in the third frame to move in front.

Ferris State got 23 points from sophomore guard Shaniya Huggins along with 17 points from fellow sophomore guard Adrienne Anderson in the setback. However, no one else scored more than six points for FSU in the contest.

The Bulldogs were held to 35 percent shooting for the night and went only four-of-14 (28.6) from three-point range while sinking 16-of-23 (69.6 percent) free throws.

Meanwhile, USI shot 37 percent from the floor and went six-of-18 (33.3 percent) beyond the arc in addition to 21-of-31 (67.7 percent) at the charity stripe.

Junior center Brayene Benner led FSU on the glass with eight rebounds and added four blocked shots with two steals while Lilly George produced six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Both had six points each.

Ferris State, now 2-1 overall, will visit Hillsdale for another Midwest Region tilt on Monday (Nov. 19) evening starting at 6 p.m. in Hillsdale.

HOCKEY

Minnesota State 7, Ferris 1

Ferris State (4-7-0) dropped its third straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at Minnesota State (8-1-0) on Friday.

Ferris is 2-3 in the WCHA.

The Mavericks led 5-0 after two periods.

In the third period for Ferris, Jacob Hetz scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Cameron Clarke and Frankie Melton.

Ferris goalie Roni Salmenkangas had 27 saves.

The two teams play again on Saturday at Minnesota State.

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