Nov. 5, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - There will be a top-25 matchup involving a pair of West Michigan rivals on Tuesday night (Nov. 5), as #16 Grand Valley State welcomes #24 Ferris State to Allendale for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The only two GLIAC teams in the national rankings, GVSU owns a one-game lead over Ferris State in the league standings. Tuesday's match is being tabbed 'Laker Blue Night', as all fans are encouraged to wear blue to support Grand Valley State.
GVSU is the hottest team in the conference, as the Lakers have won 11 straight matches and 19 of their last 20 contests. During the current 11-match win streak, Grand Valley State has won 30 of the 33 sets played. The Lakers have lost just once since Sept. 7, as Ferris State captured a 3-2 victory in Big Rapids on Oct. 1.
Overall, the teams are separated by one league game, as GVSU is 12-1 in league play and Ferris State is 11-2, tied with Northern Michigan for second place. The Lakers are 21-3 on the season; FSU owns an 18-6 overall record.
This will be the sixth time Grand Valley State has faced a ranked team in 2013; the Lakers are 4-1 against top-25 opponents, having wins over #6 Southwest Minnesota State, #6 Washburn, #22 Central Washington, and #15 Truman State. GVSU's only top-25 loss was the earlier defeat to Ferris State, which is also the Bulldogs' lone ranked win (FSU is 1-1 against top-25 foes).
The prior meeting between the schools was a classic. Ferris State narrowly escaped 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.
On Monday, sophomore Betsy Ronda was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week. The outside hitter led GVSU in kills in both matches and averaged 4.50 points, 3.83 kills, and 2.83 digs per set as the Lakers swept road matches at Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech. Juniors Abby Aiken (Oct. 21) and Kaitlyn Wolters (Sept. 16) have also earned league Player of the Week honors this season.
GVSU is 8-2 at home this season, with wins in its last six home contests (all GLIAC matches). Ferris State is just 4-3 in road matches, having dropped two of its past four contests away from Big Rapids.
The Lakers will stay at home this weekend (Nov. 8-9) to take on Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State.