Four Bulldogs Earn All-GLIAC Women's Volleyball Honors
Four Ferris State University women's volleyball student-athletes received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition for the 2010 season as announced Saturday (Nov. 13) evening in conjunction with the conference tournament at Hillsdale, Mich.
Senior Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) claimed All-GLIAC honors for the third consecutive season and earned a spot on the first team for the second straight year. Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) along with junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) were named to the second team. Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) was a honorable mention selection.
The conference's 14 head coaches participated in the all-conference voting which featured first, second and honorable mention teams. Twelve individuals were named to both the first and second-team squads while 14 players garnered honorable mention laurels.
Hillsdale's Ashlee Crowder received GLIAC Player of the Year accolades while her teammate, Sydney Dow was tabbed as the Libero of the Year. Ana Lopes of Northern Michigan claimed Freshman of the Year honors and Hillsdale's Chris Gravel achieved Coach of the Year recognition for the second time in as many seasons.
Goodson, a 2009 All-GLIAC First-Team honoree, paced Ferris State this season in several statistical categories. The 6-2 middle hitter registered a career season-high 428 kills while averaging 4.04 kills per set and hitting for a career single-season best .296 percentage. She also recorded 97 total blocks, which included 27 block solos and 70 block assists, to go along with a career-high 30 service aces as a starter in all 27 matches played in this fall. Goodson, who earned second-team all-league plaudits in 2008, accumulated 520 total points for a squad-leading 4.91 points per set in 102 total sets this campaign. A two-time (Oct. 11 and 25) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week selection, Goodson tallied double-digit kills in 24 matches this season, which included 11 of her last 12 outings.
Goodson closed out her distinguished four-year (2007-10) career ranking third among 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). She participated in 116 matches as a Bulldog, which included 431 sets.
Huntey hammered a team second-most and career season-high 338 kills and averaged 3.13 kills a set while hitting at a .172 clip. The 5-10 outside hitter also placed second on the squad with 264 digs while tying her 31 service aces tied for top team honors. She also produced 40 total blocks with five block solos and 35 block assists as a starter in all 28 contests. Huntey paced Ferris State with 10 double doubles (kills and digs) and claimed double-digit kills in 19 matches this season. She along with Arielle Goodson were both selected to the 2010 Ferris State Invitational All-Tournament Team.
A 2009 honorable mention All-GLIAC pick, Tobiczyk racked up a career single-season high and squad-best 474 digs in 28 contests this season for a 4.35 digs per average a set. She turned in double-figure digs in 25 matches this campaign, which included 12 in a row to date. The 5-8 libero served up a team-best tying 31 aces and compiled 55 assists in 109 sets on the season. Tobiczyk, who was named to the 2010 Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover All-Tournament Team, presently ranks eighth on FSU's all-time leaders list with 1,256 career digs and is listed 28th in service aces with a 102 career output in 88 appearances.
Fordyce directed the Bulldogs' offense and accumulated a program 16th single-season highest 1,094 assists for a 10.1 set per average as a 28-match starter. The 5-11 setter also contributed a team-high tying 31 service aces, 172 digs, 56 kills, and 26 total blocks, which consisted of six block solos and 20 block assists. A GLIAC North Division Player of the Week selection this season (Sept. 20), Fordyce tallied three double doubles (assists and digs) for the 2010 campaign. She also chalked up at least 40 or more assists in a match on 14 occasions this fall. Fordyce has presently produced a program seventh-most 2,337 assists in59 contests.
Ferris State concluded the 2010 season with an 18-10 overall record, which included a 13-6 GLIAC North Division mark. The Bulldogs, under 15th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, registered the program's 13th consecutive winning season this fall and made their 13th straight GLIAC Tournament appearance as FSU advanced to the semifinal round.