Coming into the week with a record of 6-3, the Bulldogs tried to up their record along with their GLIAC standings.
On Friday, the Bulldogs took to the road to face off against Hillsdale. Even though individual players had good games, the entire team struggled throughout the contest as the Chargers would defeat the Bulldogs 3-1.
Junior Ashley Huntey contributed 12 kills and 16 digs during the match. Meanwhile, seniors Arielle Goodson and Danielle Hamilton had numerous kills on the Chargers, but it wasn’t quite enough.
After suffering the loss from Hillsdale, the Bulldogs traveled to Wayne State to play the Warriors. In a contest where both teams battled back and forth, the Bulldogs would lose the match in five sets, 25-17, 17-25, 19-25, 25-22, and eventually dropped the final set, 12-15.
Sophomore Samantha Fordyce had 47 assists and 10 digs, along with junior Lisa Tobiczyk’s 28 digs, including five in the last set.
“The loss was hard on all of us,” said sophomore Anne Sutton. “It was a close match, and Wayne State made better plays in the end.”
On Sunday the Bulldogs traveled to Findlay, Ohio to play the Oilers. The team did well, drilling the Oilers with 55 kills, six coming from junior Mallory Kopa. They also played solid defense with nine blocks, three from Goodson, and numerous assists from Sutton and Huntey.
The Bulldogs would win the match 3-1, improving their record to 7-5.
“I am really proud of our team for making necessary changes after the two losses earlier in the weekend,” said senior Dana Ruttle. “We came to Sunday’s game with a plan and executed it well to put our team in a place to be successful. Sunday’s win was an all around team win.”
The Bulldogs will get a visit from Grand Valley on Friday before traveling to Saginaw Valley State on Sunday. n