The voting for the 2009 Volleyball Market/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Play of the Year is now underway and fans now have an opportunity to vote for the Ferris State University women's volleyball team.
The voting will conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. (ET) with the winner to be announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst on Dec. 18 as part of the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Fans can vote the Bulldogs for the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year at this page of the AVCA website: http://www.avca.org/divisions/play-of-the-week/. Ferris State is listed as play number one after the Bulldogs claimed the first-ever Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week (Sept. 30), which was made its debut prior to the start of the 2009 season.
Ferris State's award-winning play came in the second set of the Bulldogs' home match-up with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Grand Valley State University, which took place at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The play begins with the sophomore outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) serving to the GVSU players. The Lakers' right side hitter then fires an attack attempt over the net, which is saved by junior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) with a sprawling dig that sails off towards the scorer's table. Redshirt freshman setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) races after the ball, and with her back to the court, bump-sets a perfectly placed ball for junior middle blocker Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central), who smashes it just past the right hand of the opposing blocker into the middle of the GVSU court. The Bulldogs went on to drop the tightly-contested match in five sets, succumbing in the final set to the Lakers, 15-13.
The 2009 Ferris State women's volleyball team, which concluded its season at 19-12 overall and a NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament appearance, is coached by head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm along with assistant coach Theresa Beeckman and volunteer assistant coach Dale Wilhelm.