BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan Tech volleyball season got here to an finish Friday with a 3-1 loss at Ferris State within the GLIAC Semifinals. The Huskies received the primary 25-20 earlier than the Bulldogs edged Tech 25-21, 27-25, and 26-24.
“We have been proper there. Only a few performs late in units three and 4 separated us, however truthfully, we performed a reasonably darn good sport,” Tech coach Matt Jennings mentioned. “We really feel that we gave Ferris a worthy battle right here tonight. They are a powerful staff to beat at residence and within the postseason. We’ve loads to be pleased with this season, together with the way in which we left all of it on the market tonight.”
The Huskies received their ninth straight set within the first after main by as many as six factors. Meg Raabe was a power all evening and started the match with 9 kills within the opening body.
Ferris (23-9) tied it up within the second with three completely different Bulldogs tallying at the least 4 kills. They used a 5-0 to construct a lead they would not relinquish. Meg Raabe saved rolling with eight kills within the second.
There have been 10 ties and 5 lead modifications within the third. Tech got here again from a five-point deficit and the groups traded factors late. The Huskies had a pair of setpoints after kills by Meg Raabe and Kaycee Meiners, however the residence staff saved responding and scored the ultimate three factors with a pair of kills and an ace for a 3-1 lead.
The Huskies saved combating within the fourth and held a 22-19 lead. FSU confirmed why it is the primary staff within the convention by advancing to Saturday’s GLIAC Championship with a 7-2 run.
Meg Raabe pounded down 26 kills—essentially the most by any Husky this season. She took 67 swings and added 10 digs. Makena Wesol (13) and Janie Grindland (12) additionally hit double figures in kills and each hit over .470.
Lina Espejo-Ramirez set the offense with 55 assists whereas including 12 digs. Carissa Beyer led with 21 digs and Grace Novotny added 14 digs.
“How about our freshmen stepping up in an enormous means,” Jennings mentioned. “Megan and Makena have been glorious within the postseason and down the stretch usually. They definitely weren’t taking part in like freshmen tonight or prefer it was their first semifinal. They have been one of the best two outsides on the courtroom for giant elements of this match. Brooke was serving tremendous powerful as properly and greater than held her personal within the backcourt once more. I do not know what extra we may’ve requested from these three this season, they’d a very nice first yr.
“Janie had certainly one of her finest matches of the season in what’ll be her final match. She was glorious and was a whole lot of enjoyable to look at on the market. I will actually miss her power and what she delivered to the courtroom.”
Tech completed the season with a 20-10 report, profitable 20 matches for the fifth time underneath Jennings.
“The expansion we noticed from begin to end this season is a degree of delight for this group and our workers,” added Jennings. “The best way we fought our means into the highest cluster of the GLIAC and right into a place to advance within the postseason was the results of a whole lot of onerous work and dedication to the duty at hand. We got here thus far this season and might truthfully say we completed the yr taking part in a few of our greatest ball. You wish to peak on the finish of the yr, I believe anybody being attentive to this squad is aware of that is what we did. We received a bunch of matches this yr, beat some actually good groups, superior into the postseason, and loved each other alongside the way in which.
“Our seniors know they end their Husky careers as winners. They did a lot of their time right here with us and we’ll be eternally grateful for his or her sacrifices and dedication to this system. They actually stepped up this yr and we’re not even on this match tonight with out what they did all season to assist get us right here.”
Friday’s match wrapped up the careers for seniors Carissa Beyer, Lina Espejo-Ramirez, Janie Grindland, Jillian Kuizenga, Grace Novotny, Maggie Petersen, and Morgan Radtke.
Ferris State will face Grand Valley State in Saturday’s GLIAC Event Championship Match.