The Northwood University volleyball team ended regular season play with a 3-0 loss against Ferris State Saturday afternoon (November 16). Set scores were 25-23, 26-24, 25-16.
Northwood finishes 20-9 overall, 13-5 in the GLIAC. Ferris State ends at 22-7 overall, 15-3 in the GLIAC.
The opening two sets proved to be tight – there were 15 ties and five lead changes. Ferris State led by as many as seven in the opener at 17-10 before Northwood chipped away to tie the score at 21. The Bulldogs continued to strike, taking the advantage 23-22 before the Timberwolves again tied the set at 23. Ferris State scored the final two points to earn a 1-0 lead. Northwood hit .209 (14-5-43) while Ferris State finished at .149 (14-7-47) in the opening frame.
The second set proved to be very similar to the opening frame with a different start. Northwood held the lead for the majority of the set, but Ferris State fought from behind to take the lead 23-22. NU went back on top 24-23 before the Bulldogs scored the next three points for a 26-24 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. FSU finished at .196 (17-7-51) in the second, compared to Northwood at .122 (13-7-49),
The third set was tight until Ferris State finished things with a dramatic run. The score was tied 15-15 when the Bulldogs scored 10 of the final 11 points to close out the match. NU's offense was held in check in the final set – Northwood finished at .048 (8-6-42) while Ferris State hit .235 (14-6-34).
For the match, Ferris State finished with ten more kills than Northwood (45-35) and ten more digs (69-59). Northwood had two aces to go along with seven service errors, while Ferris State finished with four aces and four errors.
Northwood seniors were honored before the match - Jordan Dunn (Bowling Green, Ohio), Kristin Perschon (Schaumburg, Ill.), Elizabeth Barker (Williamsburg, Ind.), Juliia Pakhomenko (Donetsk, Ukraine) and Ally Hoomaian (Novi, Mich.). Perschon and Pakhomenko led the way for Northwood, finishing with 10 kills each. Perschon also finished with a .391 attack percentage (10-23). Pakhomenko had a team-high 16 digs. Dunn finished with 30 assists.
Northwood will play in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament on Wednesday (November 20). The location and opponent are still to be determined.