November 5, 2013

Ferris State Visits GVSU Tonight For Showdown Of Nationally-Ranked Teams

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally 24th-ranked Ferris State University women's volleyball team will visit archrival and 16th-ranked Grand Valley State for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division showdown on Tuesday (Nov. 5) night at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale.

Match time between the two West Michigan rivals is slated for 7 p.m. (ET).  GVSU will offer a free live video webcast of the match along with live internet statistics at gvsulakers.com (see links above).

Presently, the Lakers own a 21-3 overall mark to date this season and are 12-1 in league action. Meanwhile, FSU is currently tied with Northern Michigan and both trail GVSU by only a single match in the GLIAC North Division as the Bulldogs enter the conetst at 18-6 overall and 11-2 in league play.

Earlier this season, Ferris State beat Grand Valley State in a 3-2 victory before a capacity crowd on Oct. 1 at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena. The Bulldog victory handed the Lakers their only loss in the last 20 contests this year.

The earlier meeting between the schools this year was a classic. Ferris State won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-22, before the Lakers won sets three and four, 26-24 and 25-16, to force the pivotal fifth stanza. In the fifth frame, FSU led 5-1 and 10-4 before closing out a 15-10 win.

A year ago, the Bulldogs also recorded a thrilling 3-2 win in their trip to Allendale (9/25/12) to face the Lakers.  FSU has currently won four of the last five series' matchups against the Lakers to date heading into Tuesday's matchup.

Ferris State and Grand Valley State are presently the only two league member schools found in the nation's top 25 to date this year.  

Following Tuesday's tilt, the Bulldogs then return home this weekend to face Lake Superior State on Friday (Nov. 8) at 12 p.m. (ET) before hosting Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 3 p.m. (ET).  

Friday's match will be an early noon start as part of grade school day in an effort to draw children and groups from area schools while Saturday's contest will mark the Bulldogs' annual Senior Day match as part of the regular-season home finale.

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