Ferris State Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 22-24)

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THIS WEEK:
2009 Asics GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Volleyball Tournament

vs. Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles
Friday, Oct. 16 - 11 a.m. (EDT)
Aim High Complex - Lansing, Mich.

vs. Missouri-St. Louis Tritons
Friday, Oct. 16 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
Aim High Complex - Lansing, Mich.

vs. Lewis Flyers
Saturday, Oct. 17 - 12:30 p.m. (EDT)
Aim High Complex - Lansing, Mich.

* The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team will be participating in the 2009 Asics Great Lakes Intercollegiate (GLIAC)/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Crossover Tournament this weekend (Oct. 16-17) at the Aim High Complex in Lansing, Mich.  The Bulldogs open the tournament with a pair of non-conference matches this Friday (Oct. 16), starting with an 11 a.m. (EDT) match versus the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles.  FSU then squares off against the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons in a 4 p.m. (EDT) contest.  The Bulldogs conclude tourney competition this Saturday (Oct. 17) taking on the nationally 13th-ranked Lewis Flyers at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).  Ferris State is listed for the second consecutive week among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Oct. 12) American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll with five points.

* 2009 Asics GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament Ticket Information: Admission - Single Day: Adult ($15) & Student with ID ($8) Tournament: Adult ($25) & Student with ID ($12)
Kids under 10 (Free) Team Discount (group of six or more attending together): Single Day ($5) & Tournament ($8).

* 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 786-445 (.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 improved to 15-6 overall and and 8-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) North Division with a pair of league home victories this past weekend (Oct. 9-10) at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids.  Ferris State extended its current winning streak to three straight with a come-from-behind 3-2 decision over Ashland last Saturday (Oct. 10) after notching a 3-1 victory against Tiffin last Friday (Oct. 9) in the program's annual DiG PiNK Breast Cancer Awareness match.

* The Coach: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 14th season, 284-144 (.664); Career: 17th season, 402-164 (.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.

* This Week's Opposition: 

   Southern Indiana: Ferris State holds a 6-3 advantage over Southern Indiana in their all-time series.  The Bulldogs are 4-3 against the Screaming Eagles in road/neutral site matchups.  FSU suffered a 3-2 loss to USI in a 2004 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament match (11/19) at Allendale, Mich.  Southern Indiana, which is coached by fifth-year head coach Leah Mercer, is presently 10-10 overall and 4-4 in the GLVC this season following a 3-2 home conference loss to St. Joseph's (Ind.) last Saturday (10/10) in Evansville, Ind.  USI sports a 5-5 mark in neutral site outings this fall.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. USI - 2-3. 

  Missouri-St. Louis: Ferris State has a 4-0 lead against Missouri-St. Louis in an all-time series, which includes a 4-0 road/neutral site mark.  The Bulldogs claimed a 3-1 triumph over UMSL last season (10/17) in a 2008 Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament contest in Indianapolis, Ind.  The Tritons extended their current winning string to three straight with a 3-1 home conference triumph over Rockhurst last Saturday (10/10) in St. Louis, Mo.  The victory improved UMSL's overall record to 15-7 and 6-2 in the GLVC this campaign to date under second-year head coach Trent Jones.  UMSL, which has won seven of its last nine matches, has compiled a 6-2 ledger in neutral site encounters this season.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. UMSL - 2-0.

 Lewis: Ferris State leads 22-6 in its all-time series versus Lewis and is 11-6 in away/neutral site against the Flyers.  Lewis registered a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs a season ago (10/18) at the 2008 Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind.  The Flyers, under third-year head coach Lorelee Smith, won their 15th consecutive match to date this season with a 3-1 conference decision versus Northern Kentucky last Saturday (10/10) at Highland Heights, Ky.  Lewis, which is currently 18-3 overall and 8-0 in GLVC play, has produced a 5-2 ledger in neutral site outings this fall.  The Flyers remained ranked 13th place in the latest (Oct. 12) American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 Poll with 420 points.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. LU - 3-0. 
 
* 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.

* 2009 Team Captains: Serving as 2009 team captains will be senior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) and junior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City).  Ruttle was a co-recipient of the program's Coaches Award a season ago. 

* Great Stretch: Ferris State has won 20 or more matches nine times under 14th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 251-114 (.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.

* A Grand Milestone: Senior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) became the 16th individual in FSU women's volleyball history to register 1,000 career kills as she hammered 15 total in a conference home victory over Ashland last Saturday (10/10).  Gilchrist has currently accumulated 1,010 career kills in 110 outings and trails Erin Minnis (1998-01; 1,084 career kills) by 74 kills to tie for 15th place among the program's all-time leaders.

* Good News: Junior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) has been chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week (Oct. 12).  Goodson led FSU to a pair of conference home victories this past weekend (Oct. 9-10) and finished the two matches with a combined 36 kills (4.00 kills per set) and 11 blocks (1.22 blocks per set) while hitting for a .403 percentage.  She tallied 12 kills en route to a .478 attack percentage versus Tiffin (Oct. 9) and had a career match-high 24 kills against Ashland (Oct. 10).  Goodson, who totaled nine blocks in the match, accounted for the winning points in the fifth set with a kill and a solo block.  She joins Kristy Gilchrist as recipients of the conference's weekly honor this season.  Gilchrist earned GLIAC accolades in consecutive weeks (Sept. 14 and 21).

* Bulldog Bites: Arielle Goodson and Kristy Gilchrist have combined for 55.8% (130-233) of Ferris State's kills production in its four 2009 October matches to date.  Goodson has registered a team-leading 69 kills with a 3.83 kills per set average while Gilchrist has chalked up 61 kills while averaging 3.39 kills per set . . . Arielle Goodson has notched a squad-best 23 blocks this month with 10 block solos and 13 blocks assists.  The 2008 All-GLIAC Second-Team performer is averaging 1.28 blocks per set in 18 sets for October . . . Senior middle hitter Sarah Lark (Alma) is eight kills away from matching her career single-season best 151 kills set in 29 2009 season matches.  Lark has presently accumulated 143 kills and averaging 1.79 kills per set in 21 matches this fall . . . Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) has generated a team third-most 97 kills in the Bulldogs' last 11 matches after starting the 2009 campaign with a squad fourth-best 73 kills in her initial 10 appearances.  Huntey has posted double-digit kill totals in each of her last three matches to date and is averaging 12.0 kills per outing (36 total) in that span.  She established a career match-high 15 kills against Ashland last Saturday (10/10), which eclipsed her 13 kills versus Upper Iowa (9/4) at the St. Cloud (Minn.) State Tournament.  

* Warming Trend: The Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 13 contests to date and are midst a three-match winning streak.  FSU is averaging 12.8 kills per set (667 total kills) in those 13 encounters while the opposition has averaged 10.2 kills per set (531 total kills) in that span.  Ferris State has also claimed a 34-to-18 margin in sets won.        

* Neutral Site Matches: Ferris State sports a 3-1 record in neutral site matches this season.  The Bulldogs are averaging 12.6 kills per set (202 kills) while hitting for a .212 attack percentage (202-86-547) in four neutral site contests this season.  The Bulldogs have averaged 2.4 service aces (39 aces), 2.2 blocks per set (36.0 total blocks), and 13.6 digs per set (217 digs) in neutral site encounters this campaign.

* 2008 Asics Crossover: Ferris State notched a 2-1 record at the 2008 Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament (Oct. 17-18), which was held at the Team Indiana Facility in Indianapolis, Ind.  The Bulldogs began the tourney with a 3-1 victory over Missouri-St. Louis followed by a 3-2 win against Drury (Mo.) in opening day (Oct. 17) play.  Ferris State suffered a 3-1 setback to 17th-ranked Lewis (Oct. 17) to conclude tournament action.

* October Matches: Ferris State is 64-25 overall (.719) in October matches since the 2000 season.  The Bulldogs sport a 33-15 record in road/neutral outings and are 31-10 at home in that span.  Ferris State is 3-1 this October while averaging 12.9 kills per set (233) and generating a .220 hitting percentage (233-102-595).  FSU has totaled 2.3 (42.0 total blocks) a set to along with 1.6 service aces per set (28 total), and 14.6 digs a set (262 total) 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. 

* Nationally Speaking: Ferris State is presently 48th place among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders in assists per set (11.83 avg.) and 50th in win-loss percentage (.714) through Oct. 11 matches.  FSU ranks 51st in kills per set (12.71 avg.), 68th in blocks per set (2.0 avg.), 89th in service aces per set (1.72 avg.), 105th in hitting pct. (.195), and 189th in digs per set (13.3 avg.).  Individually, redshirt freshman setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) is listed 26th in assists per set (10.46 avg.) while Arielle Goodson ranks 47th in blocks per set (1.03).

* 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.    
 
* Yearbook Available Online: The 2009 Ferris State University Women's Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The 28-page publication features such information as 2009 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2008 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc.  Visit the FSU athletics website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com to find the publication online.

* 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.

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