Sports Shorts

Volleyball keeps it rolling
They may have started out slow, but the women’s volleyball team has really picked up the pace this season.

Ferris volleyball has won nine straight matches now, toppling teams such as rivals Grand Valley State University and Ashland University.

The 13-5 Bulldogs’ last loss was suffered way back in the middle of September when they played Northwood on their turf.

New faces like freshman Allyson Cappel and familiar ones like senior Stephanie Sikorski have begun to make this 2016 season one to keep your eye on.

Last year’s volleyball program made for a difficult act to follow, but the women of this year’s team are showing the Bulldog Nation that they are able to pick right up where they left off. Ferris volleyball will see action this Friday, Oct. 14, in Aurora, Illinois for the Midwest Region Crossover.

Record crowd in Allendale
In what was the Bulldog football program’s second loss of the season, Saturday’s game at Grand Valley State University drew 16,889 fans.

The Anchor-Bone Trophy went back to the Lakers after the Dawgs suffered the 35-23 loss. The Lakers are currently ranked second in the nation while the Bulldogs sit at 14th, and the magnitude of the game showed in the record crowd.

Though Ferris State went down, they didn’t do so without a fight. Junior quarterback Reggie Bell totaled a whopping 483 yards on the night, 343 in the air and 140 on the ground. Senior receiver Shakur Sanders hauled in four catches for 94 yards.

Defensive end Marquis Dawsey had a fun night with the GVSU quarterback, sacking him 2.5 times. With three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Tavierre Thomas had a great night.

Back to the comfort of Big Rapids, the Dawgs will return home to take on Northern Michigan University Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.

Coach Berryhill’s last season
It was announced last week that this season would be the last for head coach of both the men’s and women’s tennis Chad Berryhill.

Berryhill was crowned the 2016 Coach of the Year for the GLIAC after leading the men’s team to a GLIAC Championship last season. On his way down south, Berryhill accepted a position as the head coach at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Berryhill is a graduate of Ferris State and entered his fifth season as the program’s head coach this year. He will be staying on as the coach of the Dawgs through the end of the women’s season that goes into late October.

Berryhill not only took the men’s tennis program to a GLIAC Title last year, he also led them deep into the NCAA Tournament’s semifinals.

Once a Bulldog always a Bulldog, and Berryhill’s stint as the head coach of the Dawgs will not be forgotten when it’s all said and done.

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