Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 13-14)

 

THIS WEEK:
vs. Grand Valley State Lakers
Friday, Oct. 1 - 7 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich. 

at Saginaw State Cardinals
Sunday, Oct. 3 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Cardinal Gymnasium - University Center, Mich.


* The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team continues play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this week with a pair of matches against two North Division opponents.  The Bulldogs host West Michigan rival Grand Valley State this Friday (Oct. 1) evening in Big Rapids, Mich., before venturing to University Center, Mich., this Sunday (Oct. 3) for an encounter against Saginaw Valley State.  The contest versus Grand Valley State will mark the final regular-season meeting between the two teams as the Lakers enter the match listed among team's receiving votes in this week's (Sept. 27) American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.  The Bulldogs and Saginaw Valley State are squaring off for the first time this 2010 campaign.   

* Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2010 Ferris State women's volleyball regular-season home matches are available at the door.  Ticket prices are $5 for adults and and $3 for students (K-12), FSU faculty/staff and senior citizens.  Ferris State students with valid ID will be admitted free of charge.  For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. 

* Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast will be available for all 2010 FSU women's volleyball home matches through AmericaOne.com (formerly B2 Networks) for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on AmericaOneicon).  Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home matches.

* 38th Season: The 2010 campaign represents Ferris State's 38th season of women's volleyball.  The Bulldogs own an all-time mark of 797-456 (.636) 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 7-5 overall with a 4-4 GLIAC North Division mark this season after posting a 1-2 record this past weekend (Sept. 24-26) in conference road action versus three South Division opponents.  The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to 16th-ranked Hillsdale last Friday (Sept. 24) at HC's Jesse Philips Arena in Hillsdale, Mich.  Ferris State then suffered a 3-2 setback against Wayne State last Saturday (Sept. 25) at WSU's Matthaei Center in Detroit, Mich.  FSU salvaged the road swing by registering a 3-1 victory over Findlay in a Sunday (Sept. 26) match held at UF's Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 295-155 (.656); Career: 18th season, 413-175 (.702).  Brandel-Wilhelm had 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: 

  Grand Valley State: Ferris State and Grand Valley State will meet for the 98th time as the Lakers hold a 57-40 all-time series advantage, which includes a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs earlier this season (Sept. 15) at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich.  GVSU claimed last season's series, prevailing 3-2 against FSU (Sept. 15) in Big Rapids, Mich., and then posting a 3-1 home victory (Oct. 23) at Allendale, Mich.  Ferris State is 15-20 in home encounters versus the Lakers while sporting a 25-37 ledger in road/neutral site outings.  Grand Valley State, which is under the direction of 16th-year head coach Deanne Scanlon, has notched a 7-5 overall record to date this season with a 6-2 GLIAC North Division mark.  The Lakers, who have won five of their last six matches, tallied a 3-0 league triumph over Wayne State last Sunday (Sept. 26) in Detroit, Mich., after having their four-match winning streak snapped in a 3-0 conference loss to 16th-ranked Hillsdale last Saturday (Sept. 25) in Hillsdale, Mich.  GVSU has currently compiled a 4-2 record in away encounters this fall.  Grand Valley State is listed among other teams receiving votes with 17 points in this week's (Sept. 27) American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. GVSU - 8-25.

  Saginaw Valley State: Ferris State has a 48-12 advantage over Saginaw Valley State in the all-time series despite dropping both regular-season meetings a year ago.  SVSU posted a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs (9/25) in Big Rapids, Mich., and then dealt FSU a 3-1 loss (Oct. 30) at University Center, Mich.  The Bulldogs are 23-7 in away/neutral site encounters and 25-5 at home against the Cardinals.  Saginaw Valley State is presently 6-5 overall with a 4-3 GLIAC North Division mark after falling 3-1 against 16th-ranked Hillsdale last Sunday (Sept. 26) at Hillsdale, Mich.  The Cardinals, who sport a 1-1 record in home encounters this campaign, have won three of their last five matches to date.  Saginaw Valley State is coached by eighth-year head coach Will Stanton, who was tabbed the 2008 AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year after guiding SVSU to a 25-8 record and a NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament finals appearance in the 2008 campaign.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. SVSU - 21-7. 

  * 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.   

* 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 (92), 14th in total blocks (340), 17th in kills (954), tied for 19th in block assists (248) and 28th in hitting percentage (.229).  The 2009 All-GLIAC First-Team and AVCA All-Midwest Region Team selection led the Bulldogs in kills (376), total blocks (120), block solos (44), and block assists (76) as a starter in 29 of 30 matches played last fall.  She also accumulated 25 double-figure kill match performances for the 2009 campaign. 

* Bulldog Bites: Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) established a season match high with her 47 assists at Wayne State last Saturday (Sept. 25), which exceeded her 45 helpers at Grand Valley State earlier this season (Sept. 15).  Fordyce has recorded at least 40 assists in a contest in each each of her last four appearances and is averaging 44.5 assists per set (178 total assists) during that span . . . Junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk's (Marysville) 28 digs at Wayne State last Saturday (Sept. 25) not only represented a season match high, but eclipsed her previous career best of 24 digs set on two occasions - versus Drury (10/17/08) and against Wayne State (9/11/09).  Tobiczyk has currently compiled 20 or more digs in a match 11 times in 72 career outings . . . Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) recorded her third double-double of this fall with 14 kills and 10 digs at Findlay last Sunday (Sept. 26).  Previously, Huntey put down 13 kills with 17 digs at Grand Valley State (Sept. 15) proceeded by a 12-kills, 16-digs performance at Hillsdale this past Friday (Sept. 24) . . . Arielle Goodson needs 46 more kills to reach the 1,000 plateau as she has amassed a program 17th-highest 954 career total in 100 matches and would become the 17th FSU player to attain the milestone . . . Samantha Fordyce is only six kills shy of matching her career single-season 39 kills output set in 31 outings (0.32 kills per set) for the 2009 campaign.  The Bulldog setter has already produced 33 kills in 12 matches (0.75 kills per set) this fall. 

* Approaching A Milestone: Lisa Tobiczyk is 25 digs away from recording the 1,000th dig in her collegiate career as the Bulldog libero has chalked up a program 14th-most 975 digs in 72 matches.  Tobiczyk is on the verge of becoming the 13th individual in Ferris State history to reach this milestone.  She presently trails Libby Martz (1997-00; 987 career digs) by 12 digs for 13th place on the Bulldogs' all-time leaders chart.  Tobiczyk has tallied a team-leading 193 digs in 12 contests this season while averaging a squad-best 4.29 digs per set.  

* October Matches: Ferris State is 67-28 overall (.705) in October matches since the 2000 season.  The Bulldogs sport a 31-10 home mark and are 36-18 in road/neutral site outings during that span.  FSU was victorious in six of its 10 October contests a season ago, which included a 2-0 home ledger, 2-3 on the road, and 2-1 at neutral sites.  The Bulldogs began the month in 2009 by winning five straight after dropping their initial match of the month.  Ferris State finished the month hitting for a .192 percentage (485-234-1307) and averaged 12.1 kills per set.  Individually, Arielle Goodson averaged 3.45 kills per set (138 total) in 10 contests while Samantha Fordyce distributed 10.3 assists a set (413 total) in 10 outings.  The Bulldogs also posted a 93.0 to 61.0 blocks advantage for a 32.0 margin differential.   

* Productive Week: Arielle Goodson concluded this past weekend's three matches averaging team highs in kills per set (4.08), blocks per set (0.92), and service aces a set (0.38) in 13 total sets.  She also hammered 53 kills to go along with 12 total blocked shots, which included eight block solos, and five service aces.

* Nationally Speaking: Ferris State presently ranks 25th among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders in service aces per set (2.22 avg.) while the Bulldogs are listed 68th in kills (12.51) and 69th in assists per set (11.51 avg.) through Sept. 26 matches.  FSU is 80th in hitting percentage (.213), 102nd in win-loss percentage (.583), 110th in blocks per set (1.73), and 216 in digs per set (12.07).  Arielle Goodson is presently listed 10th nationally in points per set (4.92) and ranks 18th in kills per set (4.05).  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 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 258-123 (.677) 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.

* Ewigleben Sports Arena:  The Bulldogs have compiled a current 285-80 (.781) record to date in 29 seasons of competition at the Ewigleben Sports Arena since moving from the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Building in 1981.  Ferris, which accumulated six undefeated home seasons in the facility, produced a 10-5 home ledger in 2009.  Overall, Ferris is 138-40 (.775) in home matches under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

* 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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