No. 5 GVSU Tallies Come-From-Behind Victory Over Ferris State
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - No. 5 Grand Valley State battled back from being down 2-1 for its biggest road victory of the season on Friday night (Oct. 24). West Michigan rival Ferris State took the Lakers to five sets, but GVSU prevailed, 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 15-3) for its 20th consecutive win. Grand Valley State moves to 23-2 overall with a perfect 12-0 GLIAC mark, while Ferris State falls to 15-9 and 7-5 in league play.
Earlier in the season on Sept. 16, GVSU swept the Bulldogs, 3-0, at Fieldhouse Arena. Ferris State opened Friday night's match with an opening set victory after the teams were tied at 18-18. FSU scored seven of the next 11 points, using a Laker attack error to finish the set.
Grand Valley State responded in the second set with a strong 25-15 win. The set was tied at 9-9 before the Lakers went on a 9-2 run to take an 18-11 advantage, tying the match at one set apiece.
The back-and-forth contest continued as Ferris State opened up a 5-0 lead in the third set, eventually pushing the lead to 10-2. GVSU made a strong push late in the set and came within one point five different times before the Bulldogs won the set by scoring the final two points in a 25-21 victory.
With their back against the wall, the Lakers battled back in the fourth set. In a set that was tied 16 different times, including points 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24, GVSU finally pulled away using a Kaity Gormley service ace to secure a 26-24 win and forcing a fifth set.
Grand Valley State used the late momentum gained in the fourth set and came out in dominating fashion in the fifth. A service error from Ferris State put the score at 3-2, in the Lakers' favor. GVSU would score the next 10 points of the set, all while senior Lauren Reber was serving for the Lakers. A kill from junior Whitney Tremain ended the 1-hour, 51-minute thriller.
GVSU improves to 4-1 in five-set matches, including winners of its last three five-setters. The Lakers won back-to-back marathons against Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan on Sept. 19-20 at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
Gormley and senior Danielle Alexander led the Laker offense, both totaling double-digit kills. Gormley secured a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs, to go along with a pair of block assists. Alexander, the current AVCA Division II Player of the Week, notched 12 kills and eight digs.
To go along with her strong serving in the fifth set, Reber added 12 digs, nine kills, and four assists. Sophomore Rebeccah Rapin totaled nine kills, four digs, and three total blocks. Senior setter Jamie Ashmore dished out 34 assists and added 13 digs and seven kills.
The Lakers return home for a pair of matches next weekend. Grand Valley State takes the floor next Friday (Oct. 31) in a 7:00 p.m. match against Saginaw Valley State. GVSU currently has a 28-match home winning streak, two wins shy of the all-time program record.
Article courtesy of Grand Valley State athletics.