Bulldog Female Student-Athlete Of The Week

The Bulldog Female Athlete Of The Week is presented by Silvernail Realty of Big Rapids. A new recipient will be announced each week during the 2016-17 athletics campaign. 

Below is a listing of recipeints:



April 20, 2017
Lexi Hongisto - Softball

Ferris State University third baseman Lexi Hongisto had a big weekend for the Bulldogs in a pair of league doubleheaders. Hongisto hit .429 in 14 plate appearances while totaling six hits, six runs scored, eight RBI's and two home runs. She also drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and doubled once for FSU in the four contests. Her best game came to end the weekend in a high-scoring 18-13 road loss at Northwood on Saturday when she belted two homers and drove in six runs with three hits and three runs scored. Additionally, she had two hits and scored twice with an RBI in FSU's impressive 15-3 league home win over nationally 23rd-ranked Saginaw Valley State in Friday's second game. Hongisto finished the week with a .929 slugging percentage and accounted for 13 total bases with three extra base hits.

April 11, 2017
Sarah Johnson - Softball

Ferris State University senior shortstop Sarah Johnson led the Bulldogs to wins in three of four games as the Bulldogs played their first home action of the year over the weekend at the FSU Softball Field. Johnson hit .571 for the weekend with eight hits and scored four runs in a sweep over Tiffin on Saturday along with a split against Findlay on Sunday. She had three multiple-hit games, including three in a 4-3 game two win over the Dragons in Saturday's action. The veteran also tallied two hits in both games while driving in a run from the leadoff position in a league split against UF on Sunday. For the weekend, she accounted for eight total bases and also had 10 assists in the field with a .875 fielding percentage.


April 1, 2017
Sam Bates - Softball

Ferris State University pitcher Sam Bates won two games in the circle for the Bulldogs this weekend as FSU posted back-to-back league road splits at Ashland and Ohio Dominican. Bates was the pitcher of record in both of FSU's victories as she went 2-0 in the circle. She gave up only six runs on 23 hits in 12 innings of action with four strikeouts and one walk. Bates posted a 3.50 earned run average in her three appearances. The standout hurled four and one-third innings of FSU's weekend-opening 9-5 triumph over Ashland on Friday before tossing all seven innings in Saturday's 4-2 game one win at ODU. Finally, she pitched two-thirds of an inning and did not give up a run or hit in the Bulldogs' 10-3 setback to the Panthers in game two. Along with her pitching performance, Bates also batted .538 on the weekend with seven hits and seven RBI's along with four doubles at the plate.


March 23, 2017
Arien Kissinger - Women's Tennis

Ferris State University's Arien Kissinger led the Bulldog women's tennis squad last week at the inaugural GLIAC/GLVC Crossover event held in Plainfield, Ill. Kissinger posted a pair of victories in FSU's three matches overall. She paired up with Sydney Berens to record a doubles victory at the third flight on Friday (March 17) versus Rockhurst (Mo.) in the opening tilt of the weekend. She also notched one of the Bulldogs' two singles wins on Saturday (March 18) against Maryville (Mo.) with a three-set triumph at the fourth flight in the lineup. Kissinger has helped the Bulldogs to a 9-9 overall record to date this year heading into FSU's next match at Davenport on March 30.



March 15, 2017
Lexi Hongisto - Softball

Ferris State University sophomore Lexi Hongisto has had a great start to the 2017 season as she currently leads the Bulldogs with a .339 batting average to go with a squad-best 19 hits, 15 RBI's and nine doubles in 18 games this year. Hongisto has also belted two homers and scored 11 runs with a team-leading .643 slugging percentage and 56 at-bats. She helped FSU win seven of 12 games in Florida at The Spring Games last week.



March 2, 2017
Molly Emerick - Women's Track & Field

Ferris State University track and field standout Molly Emerick earned runner-up honors in the 800 meters at the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Championships held in Findlay, Ohio, last weekend. Her time of 2:12.44 in the race was a national-qualifying performance. Earlier this week, Emerick earned a berth into the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field Championships and will be one of two FSU representatives at the national indoor meet.


Feb. 22, 2017
Molly Emerick - Women's Track & Field

Ferris State University track and field standout Molly Emerick won the 800 meters and reached a NCAA Division II National Provisional qualification time with a clocking of 2:13.39 overall last week at the Grand Valley State Tune-Up Meet held at the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale. Emerick and the Bulldogs will compete this week in the GLIAC Indoor Championships in Findlay, Ohio.

Feb. 16, 2017
Sarah Utchel - Women's Track & Field

Ferris State University track and field runner Sarah Utchel led the Bulldogs with a pair of personal-best performances at last week's Grand Valley State "Big Meet" in Allendale. Utchel placed eighth in the 60 meters (7.95) with a personal-best time while coming in 13th overall with another personal-best in the 200 meters (25.92). The two-day event annually attracts some of the top collegiate standouts in the country from a wide range of programs. Her performances helped the Bulldogs compile a total of 22 top-20 finishes at the meet.

Feb. 9, 2017
Rachel McInerney - Women's Basketball

Ferris State University junior center Rachel McInerney had another strong week for the Bulldogs as she averaged 13 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. McInerney totaled 39 points, 31 rebounds, nine assists and five blocks in outings against Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State. She notched 21 points with 17 rebounds, threee blocks and two assists in Saturday's 71-67 road triumph at Wayne State after totaling nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Thursday's close 71-64 home setback to divisional leader SVSU. She also had nine points and seven boards with two assists in a setback on Monday at GVSU. The junior standout shot 48.4% from the floor and went nine-of-13 (69.2%) at the line for the Bulldogs.

Feb. 2, 2017
Molly Emerick - Women's Track & Field

Ferris State University track and field standout Molly Emerick reached a NCAA Division II National Provisional qualification time in the 800 meters while placing third overall last week at the Saginaw Valley State Jet's Pizza Invitational held on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 27-28) in University Center, Mich. Emerick clocked 2:13.84 in the race and her performance was among 19 top-eight finishes for the Bulldog men's and women's squads at the two-day event. She also ran a league on FSU's women's distance medley relay team that came in second with a clocking of 12:44.99 at the competition.

Jan. 25, 2017
Rachel McInerney - Women's Basketball

Ferris State University junior Rachel McInerney had a big week with a pair of double-doubles for the Bulldogs as FSU earned a split in GLIAC North Division action. McInerney scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with three steals and three blocks in her return to her hometown on Thursday (Jan. 19) as FSU battled divisional leader Saginaw Valley State to overtime before falling by a 70-68 count. She came back on Saturday to help FSU snap a four-game losing skid by totaling a team-high 22 points with 14 rebounds, four blocks and a steal in a 83-80 victory over Wayne State Jim Wink Arena. In the two games, McInerney shot 46.7% from the floor and went 12-of-15 (80%) from the line, including sinking a big free throw in the closing seconds in the win over WSU. She totaled 40 points, 24 rebounds, seven blocks and four steals for the week while averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 steals an outing. 

Jan. 18, 2017
Rachel McInerney - Women's Basketball

Ferris State University junior forward Rachel McInerney tallied 23 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as the Bulldogs opened GLIAC North Division action against Lake Superior State and Northwood this past week. McInerney shot 68% from the floor in the two setbacks while sinking 12-of-13 (92.3%) free throws for FSU, which played both teams even after the opening quarter. She totaled a game-best 29 points with 10 rebounds in Thursday's game at Lake Superior State before coming back to produce a team-best 17 points with five boards in Saturday's home action against Northwood. She finished the week with 46 points, 15 rebounds, two blocks and an assist while hitting 17-of-25 (68%) shots from the floor.

Jan. 11, 2017
Riley Blair - Women's Basketball

Ferris State redshirt freshman guard Riley Blair had a strong week for the Bulldogs as FSU split two road contests. Blair averaged 18.5 points along with 5.0 reobunds and shot 43% from the floor along with 50% beyond the three-point stripe in FSU's first two games of the New Year. She totaled 12 points with three rebounds and two assists in Monday's 66-49 non-league victory at Salem International before coming back to notch a team-best 25 points along with seven rebounds and a steal in Thursday's 79-63 GLIAc setback at Lake Erie. Blair hit four three's in the two games combined and also went a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw stripe.

Dec. 3, 2016
Riley Blair - Women's Basketball

Ferris State University redshirt freshman guard Riley Blair poured in a career-high 24 points to lead FSU in a 82-57 home setback to regional foe Lewis (Ill.) on Sunday afternoon inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena. In the Bulldogs' only game of the week, Blair kept the Bulldogs close early with her shooting as the two teams were deadlocked at halftime before the Flyers went on an early second-half run to improve to 6-1 on the year. Blair shot 53% from the floor and hit two three-pointers along with four-of-five free throws in the contest. She added four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes of work.

Nov. 20, 2016
Stephanie Sikorski - Volleyball

Ferris State University senior setter Stephanie Sikorski led the Bulldogs to a third consecutive GLIAC Championship and the number one seed for the conference tournament with two wins to close out the regular-season last weekend at home. Sikorski, who notched her 1,000th career dig recently, helped the Bulldogs top Hillsdale and Northwood before beating rival Grand Valley State in the opening round of the conference tournament. She has started all 31 matches this year as the squad's setter while helping FSU win its last 22 outings in a row heading into this weekend's confernence semifinals. Sikorski ranks as one of the country's top setters and is a four-year starter in the Bulldog lineup. This year's GLIAC Tournament appearance is the 19th-straight for the Bulldogs, who are also currently listed as the number one team in the Midwest Region.

Nov. 10, 2016

Ayanna Buckley - Volleyball

Ferris State University junior hitter Ayanna Buckley had a big week for the Bulldogs as FSU secured a third-straight outright GLIAC North Division Championship with three wins. Buckely totaled 30 kills and an impressive hitting figure as FSU swept Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State in conference action. She produced 13 kills in the league-title clinching win over Lake Superior State on Friday (Nov. 4) after posting six kills in a sweep of rival Grand Valley State on Tuesday (Nov. 1). Finally, she posted 11 kills with no errors on 24 attempts for a .458 hitting figure in a road sweep over second-place Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 5). Buckley hit .214 or better in all three matches, including a .500 figure in the win versus LSSU. She also had eight total blocks on the week.

Nov. 4, 2016
Allyson Cappel - Volleyball

Ferris State University freshman hitter Allyson Cappel tallied a team-leading 25 kills with 17 digs, five blocks and two aces as the Bulldogs ran their winning streak to 16 consecutive matches with a pair of home wins over Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan last weekend inside FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena. Cappel tallied 16 kills with 10 digs, three blocks and an ace in Friday's 3-1 triumph over the Huskies and then came back to post nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in Saturday's 3-0 sweep of NMU. Cappel averaged 3.57 kills and 2.43 digs per frame on the weekend while totaling 4.4 points per set. The two wins pushed FSU past the 20-win mark in a season for the sixth consecutive year and came prior to a Tuesday night home victory over archrival Grand Valley State in Big Rapids.

Oct. 28, 2016
Grace Kraft - Women's Soccer

Ferris State University freshman goalkeeper Grace Kraft set a school single-season record this past weekend by recording her eighth and ninth shutouts of the year as the Bulldogs did not allow a goal in two important league outings. Kraft tallied 10 saves in 90 minutes of action as FSU avenged an earlier non-league defeat this year by topping Saginaw Valley State 1-0 on Friday (Oct. 21) in GLIAC play at Top Taggart Field. She then came back to hold Northwood scoreless for 110 minutes in a double-overtime deadlock on Sunday (Oct. 23) in Midland. Kraft played 200 total minutes and made 15 saves on the weekend for FSU, which clinched a GLIAC Tournament berth and moved into a share for fourth place to potentially host a conference quarterfinal-round postseason game. Behind Kraft's play, the Bulldogs have allowed only a single goal in their last eight contests to date and FSU has given up only two goals in the last nine outings.

Oct. 20, 2016
Meredith Smith - Women's Soccer

Ferris State University senior Meredith Smith had a big weekend as the Bulldogs posted back-to-back home shutout wins over Findlay and Ohio Dominican in league play at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Smith, who was honored Sunday during Senior Day activities, had a big day to conclude the weekend as she tallied a goal and two assists while playing a key role in all three FSU markers against ODU. She had the top assist on FSU's eventual game-winning first half goal and then added an assist on the Bulldogs' second goal by Carley Dubbert with a great pass in the second half. Finally, she concluded the day with a deep shot for her first goal of the year to seal the win in the 64th minute. Smith had three shots, including two on goal, in the win over ODU and also had two shots, both on net, in FSU's weekend-opening triumph over Findlay on Friday.

Oct. 13, 2016
Destiny Lawson - Women's Golf

Ferris State University golfer Destiny Lawson placed tied for seventh individually while leading the Bulldogs to a share of seventh place at the Findlay "Bing Beall" Invitational held this past week in Findlay, Ohio. Lawson carded a 154 score for the two rounds of competition while finishing as FSU's top performer in the event. She shot identical rounds of 77 each day for Ferris State as the Bulldogs moved up two places on the final day of action on Monday.

Oct. 6, 2016
Grace Kraft - Women's Soccer

Ferris State University's Grace Kraft Kraft was perfect this past week as she did not allow a goal in 200 minutes of action for the Bulldogs. The FSU rookie recorded 15 total saves in posting the two shutouts as FSU battled to a scoreless double-overtime tie against unbeaten Ashland on Friday (Sept. 30) before topping Tiffin 1-0 on Sunday (Oct. 2) at Top Taggart Field. The Williamston native notched eight saves in Friday's outing against the Eagles in 110 minutes before coming up with seven saves in Sunday's victory. She had a 1.000 save percentage and a 0.00 goals against average for the week. Kraft earned GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week laurels for her efforts.

Sept. 29, 2016

Allyson Cappel - Volleyball

Ferris State University's Allyson Cappel tallied 51 kills and averaged an impressive 5.10 kills per set as the Bulldogs won all three of their outings this past weekend. She produced 5.9 points per set while adding 25 digs, four blocks and four aces in the weekend sweep. 
The Bulldog rookie had a career-best 22 kills with 17 digs in FSU's 3-1 non-league win at Davenport on Saturday (Sept. 24) evening after producing 15 kills earlier in the day in a 3-0 triumph over Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) in Grand Rapids. In addition, she began the weekend with 14 kills in FSU's 3-0 GLIAC win over Walsh on Friday at home. Overall, she hit .467 for the weekend with only nine errors on 90 total attempts.

Sept. 22, 2016
Morgan Zloto - Women's Golf

Ferris State University's Morgan Zloto shared first-place honors last weekend in leading the Bulldog women's golf team to the championship at its own Ferris State Invitational held at FSU's Katke Golf Course. Zloto finished +13 for the two days of action in the 36-hole event with a 79 in round one followed by a 78 in the second round. Her performance helped Ferris State finish one stroke head of runner-up Lewis in the lone home competition of the 2016-17 campaign. She finished in a three-way tie for first on the individual leaderboard.

Sept. 14, 2016
Amiena Houston - Women's Tennis

Newcomer Amiena Houston went unbeaten over the weekend as the Ferris State University women's tennis squad split two league home matches at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids. Houston went 4-0 with two wins in singles play at the number three flight along with two doubles triumphs at the second spot in the lineup. In the season opener on Friday (Sept. 9), she won a thrilling three-setter in a close 5-4 marathon setback to Michigan Tech while teaming up with Nicole Meylor for an 8-4 doubles win. She came back to win another three-set match in singles play on Saturday (Sept. 10) in FSU's 9-0 sweep of Lake Superior State while teaming with Meylor again for a decisive 8-2 doubles decision. The four matches for the junior from Orlando represented her first outings with the Bulldogs.