at Grand Valley State Lakers
Friday, Oct. 23 - 7 p.m. (EDT)
GVSU Fieldhouse - Allendale, Mich.
* The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team, which has won five of its last six matches to date this season, will take on West Michigan archrival Grand Valley State this Friday (Oct. 23) evening in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest. The match represents the Bulldogs' only contest of this week.
* Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast will be available for all 2009 FSU women's volleyball home matches through B2 Networks for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on B2 Networks icon). Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home matches.
* The 37th Season: The 2009 campaign
represents Ferris State's 37th season of women's volleyball.
The Bulldogs own an all-time mark of 788-446 (.639) to date.
Since the program's inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have won nine
GLIAC titles, made 14 NCAA-II Tournament appearances and registered
29 winning seasons.
* 2009 Record: Ferris State is currently 17-7 overall and and is tied for first place with an 8-3 ledger in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) North Division. The Bulldogs compiled a 2-1 record in its three matches at the 2009 Asics GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Crossover Tournament last weekend (Oct. 16-17) at the Aim High Facility in Lansing, Mich. FSU opened tourney play with a 3-0 decision over Southern Indiana before claiming a 3-2 victory against Missouri-St. Louis in last Friday's (Oct. 17) action. Ferris State then had its five-match winning streak snapped as a result of suffering a 3-0 loss to 13th-ranked Lewis last Saturday (Oct. 18) in its lone match. Ferris State's 17 victories this season exceeds its wins total (16-13 overall record) from the 2008 campaign.
* The Coach: Ferris State - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 14th season, 286-145 (.664); Career: 17th season, 404-165 (.710). Brandel-Wilhelm entered the 2009 campaign ranking 19th in career best winning percentage (.710) among active NCAA Division II coaches while her 387 career victories prior to 2009 is tied for 21st-place honors on the NCAA-II active coaches wins list. Brandel-Wilhelm is listed 21st by winning percentage for all-time winningest NCAA-II coaches who have a minimum of 10 years serving as a head coach in the Division II ranks since 1982. The 2002 GLIAC Coach of the Year guided the Bulldogs to NCAA-II Tournament appearances in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. She became the program's fifth head coach in June 1996.
* Regional Rankings: Ferris State is listed fifth place in the most recent NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings, which were released Thursday (10/17) by the NCAA-II Women's Volleyball Committee. The Bulldogs had registered an 11-5 in-region record thru matches of Oct. 11. FSU is one of seven GLIAC teams listed in the Midwest Region rankings with Grand Valley State ranked third as the Lakers had compiled 9-3 region mark. The next rankings will be released Thursday, Oct. 29.
* This Week's Opposition:
Grand Valley State: Ferris State and Grand Valley State will meet for the 96th time with the Lakers owning a 55-40 series advantage over the Bulldogs. Grand Valley State posted a 3-2 win versus FSU in this season's first meeting (9/15) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. A season ago, the Lakers compiled a 3-0 mark against Ferris State, winning 3-0 at home (9/16) and 3-2 on the road (10/24) during the regular season. The Lakers then claimed a 3-1 home triumph over the Bulldogs in a GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal-Round match (11/12). FSU has compiled a 25-35 record in road/neutral site matches while sporting a 15-20 mark in home encounters against GVSU. Grand Valley State, which is under the direction of 15th-year head coach Deanne Scanlon, has generated a 13-9 overall record with a first-place tying 8-3 mark in the GLIAC's North Division this season. The Lakers, who are 6-3 in their last nine appearances, posted a 1-2 record at the 2009 Asics GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament last weekend (10/16-17). GVSU suffered a 3-1 loss to Rockhurst and a 3-2 setback to nationally-ranked Lewis last Friday (10/16) before concluding the tourney last Saturday (10/17) with a 3-0 victory over Missouri-St. Louis. A season ago, the Lakers made their 10th appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the Final Four before suffering a season-ending loss to Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.). GVSU, which made its fifth Final Four appearance in the program's history, concluded the 2008 campaign at 33-4 overall with a first-place 15-1 GLIAC North Division record. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. GVSU - 8-23.
* Dynamic Duo: Middle hitters Arielle Goodson and Kristy Gilchrist have combined for 47.3% (281-594) of Ferris State's kills production in 11 conference matches this season. Goodson has currently registered a team-high 147 kills and a .289 attack percentage while Gilchrist has produced 134 kills to go with a .241 hitting percentage. Goodson's 50 total blocks (19 block solos) leads the Bulldogs in conference match play and Gilchrist has tallied 20 total blocks (19 block assists).
* Bulldog Bites: Senior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) has presently notched a .266 attack percentage in seven 2009 October outings with 53 kills in 128 attempts and a .1.89 kills per set average. Lark generated a .164 attack percentage with 76 kills on 232 attempts while averaging 1.65 kills per set in 12 September matchups . . . Arielle Goodson and Kristy Gilchrist each recorded a team-high tying 12 total blocks in the Bulldogs' three matches at the 2009 Asics GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament this last weekend (10/16-17). Goodson totaled a squad-best eight block solos while Gilchrist recorded a team-most 10 block assists . . . Senior outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs) is 194 kills away from earning her 1,000th career kill. Edwards, who has hammered 203 kills for a 2.31 set average this fall in 24 matches, has presently amassed 806 career kills in 99 contests . . . Arielle Goodson's squad-best 94 total blocks in 23 encounters this campaign represents a career single-season high, eclipsing her 92 total rejections a season ago in 29 matches. The 2008 All-GLIAC Second-Team honoree has also established a career season best in solo blocks with 34 total this fall, which exceeds her 21 solo blocks output in 30 contests for the 2007 season . . . Kristy Gilchrist, who has served up 102 career service aces, is one ace shy of tying Gretchen Galloway's (1992-94) 26th-place 103 career service aces among FSU's all-time leaders . . . Lisa Tobiczyk surpassed the 700 career plateau in digs last Saturday (10/17)against nationally-ranked Lewis by digging seven balls. Tobiczyk has presently chalked up 701 digs and a 3.39 digs per set average in 53 career outings and currently trails Joanne Stafford (1988-90) for 25th place by 10 digs. Tobiczyk is presently 47 digs away from equalling her 374 digs total in 29 outings a season ago with 327 to date this fall . . . Ferris State's 12.0 total blocks versus Missouri-St. Louis last Friday (10/16) at the Asics GLIAC/GLVC Crossover marked the sixth time this season in which the Bulldogs have accumulated a double-digit output at the net. FSU racked up a season-best 15.0 total team blocks against Ashland (10/10) . . . Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) is within a service ace of tying her career season-best 22 aces set last season in 29 contests. Huntey has currently garnered 43 career aces to date in 53 matches . . . Senior outside hitter Amanda Kettlewell (Marysville) is one kill away from attaining the 100th kill in her four-year (2006-present) career. Kettlewell has presently appeared in 76 matches and 127 sets during her collegiate career.
* 2009 GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Recap: The Bulldogs averaged 11.5 kills per set (126 total) while hitting at a 17.3% clip. FSU also garnered 2.5 blocks a set (27.0 total) to go with 2.0 service aces per set (22 total) and 11.6 digs a set (128 total). Individually, junior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) led the way with a team-high 34 kills while averaging 3.09 kills per set and 12 total blocks (eight block solos) in her three appearances. Senior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) chalked up 27 kills while producing a .265 attack percentage. Senior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) hammered 22 kills to with 12 total blocks (10 block assists). Sophomore libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) served up a team-leading combined nine aces and averaged 0.82 service aces per set.
* Diggin' It: Junior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) is 14 digs shy of matching her career season-high 164 digs total set last season in 28 contests. She currently ranks fourth among the Bulldogs' 2009 season leaders with 150 digs in 23 encounters.
* Personal Best: Middle hitter Sarah
Lark has set a new personal career single-season high in
kills this fall with 162 total in 24 matches, which surpasses her
151 kills production in 29 contests for the 2008 campaign.
She delivered eight kills against Missouri-St. Louis (10/16) to
exceed her output from the previous year. The 2009 co-captain
is averaging 1.78 kills per set this season after recording a 1.45
kills a set average last season.
* Great Stretch: Ferris State has won 20 or more matches nine times under 14th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 253-115 (.688) over the past 11 plus years and have reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament five times in that span. FSU has advanced to the GLIAC Tournament 11 consecutive years to date.
* 2008 Record: Ferris State registered a 16-13 overall record in 2008, which included a fifth-place 8-8 mark in the GLIAC's North Division. The winning record represented the program's 11th consecutive winning season and the 28th consecutive time in which the Bulldogs have amassed a double-figure wins total. FSU also made its 11th GLIAC Tournament appearance in a row last season.
* On The Road: Ferris State sports a 3-1 record in away matches this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 12.4 kills per set (224 kills) while hitting for a .219 attack percentage (224-103-552) in four road contests this campaign. The Bulldogs have averaged 1.1 service aces (19 aces), 2.1 blocks per set (37.0 total blocks), and 13.1 digs per set (236 digs) in road encounters this campaign. Arielle Goodson has totaled a squad-high 60 kills and a .278 hitting percentage to go with 1.44 blocks per set (26 total).
* October Matches: Ferris State has posted a 66-26 overall record (.717) in October matches since the 2000 season. The Bulldogs sport a 35-16 record in road/neutral outings and are 31-10 at home in that span. Ferris State is 5-2 this October as the Bulldogs have averaged 12.4 kills per set (359) while hitting at a .203 clip (359-168-941). FSU has registered 2.4 blocks a set (69.0 total blocks) to with 1.7 service aces per set (50 total), and 13.4 digs a set (390 total) to date this month.
* Double Streak: Arielle Goodson extended her current double-figure kills match streak to 10 contests with a match-leading 24 kills versus Ashland (10/10). Goodson, who has produced 15 double-digit kill match performances this season, has averaged 3.42 kills per set (147 total kills) while hitting at a .289 clip in her last 10 appearances.
* Among The National Leaders: Ferris State is presently 38th place among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders in blocks per set (2.13 avg.) and is 55th in win-loss percentage (.682) through Oct. 18 matches. FSU ranks 62nd in assists per set (11.59 avg.), 69th in kills per set (12.44 avg.), 85th in service aces per set (1.7 avg.), 114th in hitting pct. (.185), and 178th in digs per set (13.59 avg.). Individually, Arielle Goodson ranks 21st in blocks per set (1.1) while redshirt freshman setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) is listed 27th in assists per set (10.47 avg.).
* 2009 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Poll: Ferris
State is ranked fourth with 13 points in the 2009 Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)
Women's Volleyball North Division Coaches Preseason Poll with
13 points. The Bulldogs received four more points than
fifth-place Michigan Tech (nine pts.) and trailed third-place
Saginaw Valley State (19 pts.) by six points. Grand Valley
State earned top billing in the GLIAC's North Division with 24
points and four first-place votes while Northern Michigan had 20
points to go with the remaining two first-place votes. In the
South Division, Hilldale and Wayne State were tabbed the favorites
with 22 points apiece. Hillsdale also received three first-place
votes while Wayne State had two and third-place Ashland (17 pts.)
one. Ferris State garnered a third-place tying 16 points in
the 2008 preseason poll.
* Team Captains: Serving as 2009 team captains will be senior middle hitter Sarah Lark and junior libero Dana Ruttle. Ruttle was a co-recipient of the program's Coaches Award a season ago.
* All-Conference Performers Return: The Bulldogs return a pair of All-GLIAC performers from last season's squad in middle hitters Arielle Goodson and Kristy Gilchrist. Goodson received second-team accolades while Gilchrist earned all-league plaudits for the second straight season, garnering honorable mention kudos in 2008 after attaining second-team recognition for the 2007 campaign.
* Bulldog Volleyball Twitbook: All Ferris State
Women's Volleyball fans now can have access to additional
information on the 2009 team via Twitter at twitter.com/ferrisvolleybal.
* Follow The Bulldogs: Bulldog fans now have the ability to catch Ferris State in action even when they can't be at the volleyball arena. A live video and audio webcast is slated to be offered for all 2009 Bulldog home women's volleyball matches via an agreement with B2 Networks. In addition, selected road contests at B2 partner schools will also be available. For more information, visit the FSU Athletics Website (www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com) and click on the B2 broadcast icon.