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Dogs Downed

Ferris await the results of the NCAA Selection committee

by Published: Nov 15, 2012

Ferris State bat­tled the Wayne State Warriors in a match that fea­tured 41 ties and 19 lead changes to deter­mine who would face Grand Valley State University in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.

The Bulldogs held a 12–11 lead in the best to 15, fifth set when Wayne State subbed in the GLIAC’s sixth-best point-producer, junior out­side hit­ter Kristen Bulkiewicz. Attack errors and unforced errors plagued the Bulldogs as Wayne State ral­lied behind Kristen Bulkiewicz to slam home the win­ning kill for a 3–2 defeat Nov. 14.

Ferris State was trail­ing 21–19 in the first set fol­low­ing a time­out by Ferris coach Tia Brandel– Wilhelm. Immediately after the break, senior out­side hit­ter Aly Brecht con­tributed with a block that appeared to swing the momen­tum towards the home teams favor. Shortly after, senior set­ter Samantha Fordyce added a kill after com­plet­ing a jump­ing pirou­ette while con­nect­ing with the ball that helped seal a first set victory.

Bulkiewicz etched game highs in kills and over­all points with 28 and 30.5 respec­tively, as her play exclaimed why she received last week’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division Player of the Week honors.

The Bulldogs over­all record slid to 23–7 with a GLIAC record of 16–2.

Ferris State’s quest for a con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship is over. The Bulldog’s sea­son is at the mercy of the NCAA Division II selec­tion com­mit­tee. Tournament selec­tions will be announced on Nov. 18 at 10 p.m.