FSU Celebrates Success Of All-Americans!

FSU Celebrates Success Of All-Americans!

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Five talented Ferris State University senior student-athletes gathered recently this week for a photo shoot to highlight their accomplishments during the 2010-11 athletics season.

The photo shoot, which was coordinated and taken by Bill Bitzinger and Ed Hyde of FSU Photographic Services, features the "All-American Bulldogs" from the current academic year to date including volleyball player Arielle Goodson, hockey players Pat Nagle and Zach Redmond, women's cross country runner Tina Muir along with men's basketball player Justin Keenan.

Their performances this past season in earning All-America acclaim along with career accomplishments all rank among the best in school history.

Goodson earned second-team All-America plaudits by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) this past fall.  A two-time (2009 and 2010) AVCA All-Midwest Region honoree, she claimed GLIAC First-Team accolades in each of the past two (2009 and 2010) seasons.  The 6-2 Goodson produced a career season-best 428 kills and averaged 4.04 kills per set while hitting for a career single-season high .296 percentage in 27 matches.  The 2010 Daktronics, Inc., All-Midwest Region pick recorded 97 total blocks for the 2010 campaign, which included 27 block solos, to go along with a career season-best 30 service aces.  A two-time (Oct. 11 and 25) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Award winner, Goodson completed her four-year (2007-10) career ranking third among the Ferris State's all-time leaders in block solos (108), ninth in total blocks (399), 12th in kills (1,212), 13th in attack percentage (.248), and 15th in block assists (291).  

Muir capped off a stellar career this past fall by placing 11th nationally at the 2010 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships as an individual in leading FSU to an eighth-place team performance, which tied for the highest finish in school history.  She earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year and won the NCAA-II Midwest Regional individual title for the second-straight campaign. Muir, who finished third at the 2010 GLIAC Championships as FSU claimed runner-up laurels, also received United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region “Runner of the Year” honors.  She is both a three-time All-GLIAC honoree and all-academic team selection.

A 2010-11 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America First-Team pick, Nagle posted an 18-14-5 record between the posts this season with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 saves percentage as a 37-game starter.  Nagle, an All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) First-Team and Ferris State's Most Valuable Player Award recipient this 2010-11 campaign, was a finalist for the 2010-11 RBC CCHA Player of the Year Award.  The 2010-11 Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate claimed CCHA Goaltender of the Week accolades once this campaign (Nov. 8) and also earned  Inside College Hockey.com First-Half All-CCHA Team plaudits this season. Nagle signed with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Tampa Bay Lightning.

Redmond, a 2010-11 AHCA All-America Second-Team honoree, placed second in team scoring with 20 points on a career season-high seven goals and 13 assists in 26 outings this campaign.  The 2010-11 first-team All-CCHA skater paced all Bulldog defensemen in points, goals, and assists this season along with recording five multiple-point game performances.  The 2010-11 FSU team captain garnered CCHA Defenseman of the Week recognition this season (Jan. 10) and claimed Inside College Hockey.com First-Half All-CCHA Team kudos. Redmond inked a deal after the season with the Atlanta Trashers, who drafted him in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.    

Last, but certainly not least, Keenan capped off an oustanding four-year career on the hardwood by being chosen as the Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year for 2010-11.  He paced the GLIAC in scoring for the third consecutive year by averaging a personal career-high 21.6 points per game overall this season.  He has also had his best season on the glass with a league-best 10 rebounds a contest in regular-season action and was the only player in Division II basketball to rank among the nation's top 20 performers in both categories.  The 6-7 standout was pegged as one of the nation's top five players at the Division II level by being to the 2011 Daktronics All-America First Team and the Basketball Times All-America First Team.  Keenan became the GLIAC's all-time career scoring leader and the only the third player to claim the GLIAC Player of the Year Award twice in conference history.

Congratulations to the "All-American Bulldogs" for the 2010-11 athletics season!