Ferris volleyball team advances to regional finals

By Ferris State Athletics


Ferris 3, Saginaw Valley 0

BIG RAPIDS — The top-seeded Ferris State University women’s volleyball squad advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship match for the third time in four seasons as the Bulldogs swept fifth-seeded Saginaw Valley State in the regional semifinals on Friday at Jim Wink Arena.

The Bulldogs battled back to win the opening set 25-23 and then captured the second frame 25-18 before sealing the win with a close 28-26 triumph in the third set.
With the win, FSU will advance to the regional final at home for the second-straight year and square off against third-seeded Lewis 5 p.m. on Saturday in Wink Arena. The winner will advance to the 2016 NCAA Division II Elite Eight next week in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Ferris State ran its winning streak to 26 consecutive matches as the Bulldogs notched their 30th victory of the season to improve to 30-5 on the year.

FSU, which was facing SVSU for the third time in the past month, completed the season sweep of the Cardinals by compiling 47 kills against only 18 errors on 149 attempts. FSU hit .195 overall for the night while limiting SVSU to a .148 attack figure.

Junior middle hitter Maria Kronner led the Bulldogs with a match-high 16 kills while both junior Ayanna Buckley and freshman Allyson Cappel added 10 kills each.
The Bulldogs received 40 assists and 15 digs from senior setter Stephanie Sikorski with junior libero Lauren Reminga notching a match-high 20 digs. Senior Kaley Konjarevich added 19 digs with Cappel chipping in 11 on the FSU side.

Overall, the Bulldogs totaled 78 digs in front of the home fans with seven team blocks and four aces to go with seven service mistakes.

Saginaw Valley State finished with 40 kills and 19 errors on 144 attacks. The Cardinals also recorded 71 digs, two blocks and two aces with six service faults.

Kaylee Schmitt paced SVSU with a team-high 11 kills in the setback while both Emily Nieman and Abbie Toland compiled 15 digs each. Kelly Vellucci added 13 digs and both Tamara Heller and Andrea Brigham chipped in 10 digs each.


Cedar Springs 44, Big Rapids 41

CEDAR SPRINGS — Grace White scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds while Aliza Hengesbach had eight points for Big Rapids (0-2) in this nonleague game on Friday.

It was 20-15, Cedar Springs, at halftime.

Big Rapids has its home opener with Manistee on Tuesday.

“We have a tough route our first few games,” Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said.

Reed City 41, Lakeview 29

LAKEVIEW — Emily Libey scored 11 points to lead Reed City (1-1) to this nonleague win on Friday. Alyssa Olds scored nine and Kamryn Myers had seven.

“I thought our defense was really good,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We rebounded the ball well. Overall, it was a good team effort and win on the road.”
Reed City will host Cadillac on Tuesday.

Pine River 46, Morley Stanwood 26

MORLEY — Kierra Justin had 14 points and six rebounds, while KayLee Goodman had 11 points and Logan Powell had nine points and five rebounds in leading Pine River over Morley Stanwood in nonleague action on Friday.

Julie Justin added six points and five rebounds and five assists for Pine River (2-0) over the Mohawks (1-1). Anna Lindquist had four points and eight rebounds for the Bucks.

“I thought we played really strong the first three quarters,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We got a lot of easy shots off the press. There’s always things we can do better, but we’re pretty happy.”

Pine River is home against Evart next Friday. Morley Stanwood is at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Tuesday.

Bear Lake 46, Baldwin 25

BALDWIN — Baldwin lost its first game of the season to Bear Lake on Friday in West Michigan D League action.

The Lakers were up 19-12 halftime

Diamond Cannon had 18 points for Baldwin, including eight in the second quarter.

Baldwin is home Friday with Pentwater.

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