Bulldog Volleyball Strives to Reach GLIAC Top Spot

Ferris prepares to take on Northwood, Hillsdale

by Published: Sep 18, 2013

Setting up Victory: Ferris freshman setter Stephanie Sikorski sets up a spike for sophomore outside hitter Caroline Heitzman during the Bulldog Invitational, where they went 3-1 overall. This weekend the women’s volleyball team will take on both Northwood and Hillsdale. Torch File Photo

Setting up Victory: Ferris fresh­man set­ter Stephanie Sikorski sets up a spike for sopho­more out­side hit­ter Caroline Heitzman dur­ing the Bulldog Invitational, where they went 3–1 over­all. This week­end the women’s vol­ley­ball team will take on both Northwood and Hillsdale. Torch File Photo

The Ferris State vol­ley­ball team is work­ing out some frus­tra­tion from last sea­son in prepa­ra­tion for their next two home matches against Northwood and Hillsdale.

Last sea­son, the bull­dogs faced Northwood twice, los­ing three of the five games in their first match and win­ning three out of three in their second.

“We are going to have to bring our best for both com­pe­ti­tions,” Ferris senior libero Brandie Merren said. “We have been work­ing harder than we usu­ally do in order to con­tinue bet­ter­ing our play.”

Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has been work­ing hard to get her team pre­pared to come out strong this year against tougher oppo­nents, such as Northwood, that gave them a hard time last year.

“I believe play­ing Northwood will be a bat­tle,” Ferris senior mid­dle hit­ter Angi Kent said. “However, I am expect­ing us to do our jobs and put in work. It is going to be a very good, intense game.”

Even though Northwood gave Ferris a rougher time last year than Hillsdale did, Kent believes their real com­pe­ti­tion this year will be Hillsdale.

The Bulldogs faced Hillsdale twice last sea­son as well, win­ning both matches in just three games apiece.

“Hillsdale runs a very fast offense. It is very easy to get caught up with every­thing they are doing on their side of the net, but our prepa­ra­tion for games is very effi­cient. We will work hard and get work done,” Kent said.

Kent is very con­fi­dent that if they start off by focus­ing on their own tal­ents as a team and fig­ure how they can use them to beat their oppo­nent, then the Bulldogs will be able to com­pete well against any team they will face this season.

“One of the most impor­tant things when prepar­ing for a game against a tough offen­sive team is to work hard in prac­tice by doing drills that will help us adapt our defense against their offen­sive strengths,” Kent said.

Kent and the vol­ley­ball team will have a lot on their plate this week­end if they want to come out with two wins against these tough teams. These early sea­son con­fer­ence games can make or break Ferris’ hopes of advanc­ing far­ther than any vol­ley­ball team in Ferris history.

The Bulldogs will face Northwood at Wink Arena for the first time this sea­son Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. They have a sec­ond home game at Wink the fol­low­ing day at 3p.m. against Hillsdale.