Western struggled offensively against No. 18 Ferris State in game two of the Ferris State Invitational, leading to a 1-3 loss.
The Griffons kept the first set close and scored three points in a row to take the first set 26-24. They continued to play aggressively in the second set, taking a quick 8-3 lead, but Ferris State went on a seven point run to take the lead at 8-10. Western continued to fight, tying up the score at 22-22, but the Bulldogs scored three points in a row to win set two 22-25.
Sets three and four were all Ferris State who won set three 17-25 and set four 13-25, winning the match three sets to one.
The Griffons’ attacks stumbled against Ferris State, hitting only .067 as a team. Jessie Thorup again led the team in kills with 11, while Kayla Ruff led in digs with 21 and Jordan Chohon led in assists with 21.
The Griffons dropped their season opener during a back and forth match against the Saginaw Valley Cardinals on Friday morning.
Western was able to claim the first set 25-18 but dropped the second 16-25. They bounced back in the third set with a 25-22 win, but Saginaw Valley would not back down as they won the fourth set 26-24, forcing a match-deciding fifth set.
The teams were neck and neck during the final set, keeping within two points of each other. In the end, the Cardinals would go on a 5-1 point run to defeat the Griffons 15-10.
Western recorded 56 total kills in the match, led by Jessie Thorup and Shelby Taylor with 14 each, but only hit .203 as a team. The Griffons also gathered 74 digs, led by Kayla Ruff with 19, and Jordan Chohon racked up 47 of the 50 total assists.