FSU volleyball finishes 3-1 at invite

Bulldogs pick up pair of wins during Saturday’s action

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State’s volleyball team wrapped up its opening weekend on a winning note as the Bulldogs topped Clarion (Pa.) by a 3-1 score on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles took game one by a 25-17 margin, but FSU responded by winning three-straight sets to pull out the victory. Ferris State took the second frame by a 27-25 score and then earned identical 25-19 triumphs in both the third and fourth set.

With the win, the Bulldogs concluded their annual Ferris State Invitational with a 3-1 overall record. FSU rolled past the West Virginia State earlier in the day by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-23.

As was the case in Saturday’s opening match win over West Virginia State, the Bulldogs utilized a balanced attack. Senior outside hitter Aly Brecht recorded 11 kills, but was the lone Bulldog player to reach double-figures in the category.

STRONG FINISH: Courtney Rehm (15) and Ferris State finished the Ferris State Invitational with a pair of wins on Saturday. (Pioneer file photo)

Meanwhile, FSU also received 29 digs from junior libero Brandie Merren along with 32 assists and 17 digs by senior setter Samantha Fordyce. Brecht added 16 digs and senior Brianna Grover managed to dig up 11 balls for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs racked up 45 kills and had 89 digs in addition to 12 service aces and 11 total blocks. Seniors Anne Sutton and Angi Kent both finished with five total blocks each and added eight and six kills, respectively. Both Sutton and Kent were named to the invitational’s all-tournament team.

Sophomore Courtney Rehm netted seven kills and had nine digs. Freshman Megan Vander Meer came on strong late in the match and tallied nine kills for FSU.

Clarion posted a .169 attack percentage compared to FSU’s .172 figure and also had 55 kills, 91 digs and five blocks with eight aces. They committed 10 errors at the service line along with 12 reception miscues. FSU had seven errors off the serve and eight reception mistakes.

Saturday’s victory came in the first-ever series’ matchup against Clarion, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year a season ago.

The 3-1 mark posted by the Bulldogs in this year’s Ferris State Invitational represented the eighth time in which FSU has won three of its first four opening matches in the event since 2004. Additionally, Ferris State has now won 18 of its last 20 encounters inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.

A total of nine teams took part in the two-day event with 18 different matches contested on Friday and Saturday in Big Rapids.

Ferris State hits the road next weekend as the Bulldogs take part in the Minnesota-Duluth Classic on Friday and Saturday in Duluth, Minn.

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the Ferris State Invitational.

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