THE TURNING POINT: Ashland and Ferris State were tied at 26 in set No. 1 before the Bulldogs scored the final two points to take a 1-0 lead.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Eagles played in the GLIAC Tournament championship match for the second time in four seasons.
Sunday (Nov. 20) afternoon's 2016 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship match featured the conference's two hottest teams.
No. 1 seed and host Ferris State came in having won 23 consecutive matches, while No. 3 Ashland University had won 13 of its last 14 contests.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Bulldogs kept their lengthy winning streak going, winning the league tournament title thanks to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-14) victory. Ferris State is 28-5 and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Division II tournament, while Ashland is 23-10, and will await word on a postseason at-large bid.
The Eagles were No. 6 in the third and final set of Midwest Regional rankings, and eight teams in each region go on to the postseason.
The end of Sunday's first set saw ties at 22-all, 23-all, 24-all, 25-all and 26-all before the Bulldogs scored the set's last two points to go ahead 1-0. In the second set, Ferris State scored the first five points before Ashland rallied for 8-8 and 19-19 ties. FSU, however, went on to increase its sets lead to 2-0 en route to the title.
Senior right-side hitter Alli Cudworth had 12 kills and 14 digs for her 17th double-double of 2016. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Woycik added 10 kills, senior outside hitter Casey Clark posted seven kills and 10 digs and sophomore setter Kayla Pfeiffer turned in 29 assists and nine digs.
Following the match, Cudworth and Woycik were named to the all-tournament team.
UP NEXT: The NCAA Division II postseason selection show will be Monday (Nov. 21) at 7:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. Ashland is looking to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh time, and the first time since 2013.