November 9, 2010

Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (GLIAC Tournament)

THIS WEEK:
2010 GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals
at Wayne State Warriors
Thursday, Nov. 11 - 7 p.m. (EST)
Matthaei Center - Detroit, Mich.

* The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team commences postseason action this Thursday (Nov. 11) night as the Bulldogs compete in the single-elimination 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Volleyball Tournament.  FSU, which is seeded fifth in the tournament, visits GLIAC South Division opponent and fourth-seed Wayne State Warriors in a quarterfinal-round contest at Detroit, Mich.

* Media Coverage: A live video webcast will be available at this link.  Live internet statistics will also be available for this Thursday's GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal Round match at http://livestats.prestosports.com/waynestate/.

* 38th Season: The 2010 campaign represents Ferris State's 38th season of women's volleyball.  The Bulldogs have accumulated an all-time mark of 807-460 (.637) to date.  Since the program's inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have won nine GLIAC titles, qualified 15 times for the NCAA-II Tournament, and registered 30 winning seasons.
 
* 2010 Record: Ferris State is presently 17-9 overall and posted a third-place 13-6 in the GLIAC's North Division this season.  The Bulldogs wrapped up the regular-season portion of their 2010 schedule last week (Nov. 3-5) with three consecutive home conference victories at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs posted a 3-0 decision over Saginaw Valley State last Wednesday (Nov. 3) before registering a 3-1 triumph against Northwood in last Thursday's (Nov. 4) action.  FSU then won its sixth straight as a result of a 3-0 victory versus Lake Superior State last Friday (Nov. 5).  Ferris State, which has won seven of its last nine matches to date, has produced a 5-4 record in away outings to date this campaign.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 305-159 (.657); Career: 18th season, 423-179 (.703).  Brandel-Wilhelm entered the 2010 campaign ranking 24th in career best winning percentage (.705) among active NCAA Division II coaches while her 406 career victories prior to 2010 is 23rd-place on the NCAA-II active coaches wins list.  Brandel-Wilhelm is listed 25th 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: 

Wayne State: Ferris State has a current 44-28 lead over Wayne State in their all-time series.  The Warriors claimed a 3-2 home victory over the Bulldogs earlier this season (Sept. 25) in the only regular-season matchup between the two teams.  Despite the setback, Ferris State has won 12 of the last 13 series meetings.  The Bulldogs have compiled a 23-22 mark in away outings and are 21-6 at home against Wayne State.  The Warriors, under the direction of third-year head coach Phil Nickel, concluded the regular season at 15-11 overall with a second-place 13-6 record in the GLIAC's South Division.  WSU has a current six-match winning streak and is 7-4 in home encounters this campaign.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. WSU - 12-4. 

* GLIAC Tourney vs. Wayne State: Ferris State will face Wayne State for the first-time ever in GLIAC Tournament play.  The Bulldogs have registered a 10-11 all-time mark (.476) in GLIAC Tourney competition, which included a 3-1 road loss (25-22, 15-25, 15-25, 15-25) to 2010 GLIAC Tournament Champion Hillsdale in quarterfinal-round match play.   

* 2010 GLIAC Tournament Information: The 2010 conference tournament will represent Ferris State's 13th consecutive appearance in the postseason event.  The top four teams are hosting a quarterfinal-round match in the 16th annual league tourney with the top remaining seed to host the semifinas/finals this weekend (Nov. 13-14).  The top three teams in each division (North and South) along with the next two best overall teams advanced to the GLIAC Tournament.  The winners of this Thursday's (Nov. 11) quarterfinals will be re-seeded prior to this Saturday's semifinals, which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed following the quarterfinals.  The winner of this Sunday's (Nov. 14) championship match earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament.

* A Good Sign: Senior middle hitter and All-America candidate Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) currently ranks high among Ferris State's all-time leaders in several statistical categories.  She currently ranks third in block solos (103), 10th in total blocks (387), 12th in kills (1,189), 15th in block assists (284), and 17th in hitting percentage (.248).  The 2009 All-GLIAC First-Team and AVCA All-Midwest Region Team selection leads the Bulldogs this season in kills (405), total blocks (85), block solos (22), and block assists (63) as a starter in all 25 matches played in.  A two-time (Oct. 11 and 25) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week selection, Goodson has also accumulated 22 matches with double-digit kills for the 2010 campaign. 

* Bulldog Bites: Arielle Goodson is within five total blocks of tying Sarah Vandermolen's (1997-00) ninth-place 392 career total blocks output among Ferris State's all-time leaders.  Goodson has currently accumulated 387 total blocks in 114 career matches . . . Junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk's (Marysville) team-leading 442 digs (4.38 digs a set) in 26 contests this campaign marks a career single-season best, bettering her 408 digs (3.40 digs per set) in 31 outings a season ago.  Tobiczyk has compiled double-digit digs in 23 matches this campaign, which includes a current 10-match string . . . FSU's top two leaders in kills this season, Arielle Goodson and junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) have combined for 56.3% (716-1,271) of the Bulldogs' production this season in 26 contests.  Goodson has hammered a squad-most 405 kills (4.13 kills per set) in 25 encounters while Huntey has put down a career season-high 311 kills (3.11 kills per set) in 26 appearances . . . The Bulldogs' 185 service aces this season in 26 matches presently ranks 27th on the program's all-time single-season leaders chart.  The 2010 team is eight aces away from tying the 2008 squad's 193 aces for 26th-place honors.  

* November Matches: The Bulldogs have posted a 20-24 overall record (.455) in November contests dating back to 2000.  Ferris State is 13-5 at home and 7-19 in road/neutral site matches during that period.  FSU is presently 3-0 this season in November encounters with all three being home outings.

* Good-News: Arielle Goodson has established a career single-season high with a team-leading 405 kills (4.13 kills a set) in 25 matches this fall to date.  Goodson surpassed last season's 376 kills output (3.27 kills per set) in 30 outings.  This campaign, Goodson's 405 kills total ranks tied for 27th place with Alaina Olds (2001) on FSU's all-time season leaders list.  Goodson has presently produced double-figure kills in a match on 22 occasions this season, which includes 20 or more kills in a contest five times. 

* On The Road: Ferris State has posted a 5-4 mark (.556) in away outings this season.  The Bulldogs are averaging 12.9 kills per set (489 kills) while hitting for a .226 percentage (489-203-1,267) in their nine road appearances this campaign.  FSU is averaging 2.0 service aces (76 aces), 1.6 blocks per set (61.0 total blocks), and 13.2 digs per set (503 digs) in road matchups this campaign.  Ferris is 1-0 in match wins for the third set, 3-2 in the fourth set, and 1-2 in the fifth set per away contests this fall.

* Countdown To The Top: Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who earned her 300th career coaching win at Ferris State following a 3-1 conference win over Michigan Tech on Oct. 24 in Houghton, Mich., is 25 victories away from tying for top honors as the program's all-time winningest coach.  Brandel-Wilhelm is second only to Jill Hirschinger (330-151 career record) for the lofty distinction.  Brandel-Wilhelm has presently compiled a 305-159 (.657) coaching ledger in 15 years directing the program. 

*Regional Rankings: Ferris State is listed 10th in the second edition of the 2010 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Rankings Polls, which was released last Wednesday (Nov. 3) by the NCAA-II Women's Volleyball Committee.  The Bulldogs had posted a 13-9 in-region mark and a 14-9 overall NCAA-II record through matches of Nov. 1.  FSU, which was ranked ninth in the initial regional poll (Oct. 27), is one of four GLIAC-member schools in the Midwest Region rankings.  Hillsdale, Grand Valley State, and Northern Michigan occupy the first three placings in that respective order.  The next rankings will be released this Wednesday, Nov. 10.

 * Nationally Speaking: Ferris State is listed in seven team statistical categories among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders through Nov. 7 matches.  The Bulldogs are ranked 55th in service aces per set (1.83), 71st in kills per set (12.58), 75th in assists per set (11.53), 82nd in win-loss percentage (.654), 149th in blocks per set (1.64), and 218th in digs per set (12.88).  Individually, Arielle Goodson ranks ninth in points per set (4.98) and is 14th in kills per set (4.13) while Samantha Fordyce is listed 37th in assists per set (10.17).  Fans can view complete team and individual national rankings at this link - 2010-11 NCAA Women's Volleyball Statistics.

* GLIAC Standings/Schedule: Fans can view the complete 2010 GLIAC Standings for both the North and South Divisions at this link - GLIAC Standings.  The composite 2010 conference women's volleyball schedule can be accessed at this link - GLIAC Schedule

* 2010 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Poll: Ferris State was selected as preseason co-favorites to claim the GLIAC North Division title as the Bulldogs received 32 points and two first-place votes in the 2010 conference divisional poll.  FSU's points total matched Grand Valley State, which garnered three first-place votes.  Northern Michigan had the other first-place vote while earning 24 points followed by Saginaw Valley State's 23-points total.  Michigan Tech (17 pts.), Northwood (13 pts.), and Lake Superior State (six pts.) rounded out the poll.  In the South Division, Hillsdale took top honors with a first-place 36 points and had six first-place votes.  Findlay picked up the other first-place vote and tallied a fourth-place 24 points.  Ferris State was selected fourth with 13 points in the 2009 preseason coaches poll.  The results of the 2010 GLIAC Women's Volleyball Coaches' Poll can be accessed by clicking on this link - 2010 GLIAC Women's Volleyball Coaches' Poll.   

* 2010 Team Captains: Serving as the 2010 FSU team captains will be senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central), senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City), junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville), and sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt).  Ruttle was also a 2009 team co-captain.

* The 2010 FSU Roster: Ferris State's 2010 active roster includes three seniors, three juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.  Six of the 15 players are middle hitters, five are outside hitters, and the four others fill the squad's setter, defensive specialist and libero roles.  All but one of the team's 15 student-athletes hail from the state of Michigan. 

* Productive Span: Ferris State has won 20 or more matches nine times under 15th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 267-125 (.681) over the past 12 years and have reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament six times in that span.  FSU has advanced to the GLIAC Tournament the last 12 consecutive years to date.

* 2009 Record: Ferris State concluded the 2009 season with a 19-12 overall record, which included a fourth-place tying 10-6 mark in the GLIAC North Division.  FSU appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 15th time in the program's history.  The Bulldogs also registered the program's 12th consecutive winning campaign in 2009 and made their 12straight GLIAC Tourney appearance a season ago.

* All-Conference Returners: The Bulldogs return two All-GLIAC performers from last season's squad in middle hitters Arielle Goodson and Lisa Tobiczyk.  Goodson earned first-team honors in 2009 after receiving second-team recognition in the 2008 campaign. Tobiczyk was named to the honorable mention squad.   
 
* Yearbook Available Online: The 2010 Ferris State University Women's Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The publication features such information as 2010 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2009 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc.  Click on this 2010 Yearbook link to view the online publication.

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