October 7, 2010

Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 15-16)

THIS WEEK:
vs. Ashland Eagles
Friday, Oct. 8 - 7 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich. 

vs. Lake Erie Storm
Saturday, Oct. 9 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.


* The Opening Serve: The 2010 Ferris State University women's volleyball team returns to the court this weekend (Oct. 8-9) for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) home outings at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs square off against the Ashland Eagles this Friday (Oct. 8) evening and then take on the Lake Erie Storm in a Saturday (Oct. 9) afternoon match in what will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.   

* 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 have accumulated an all-time mark of 798-457 (.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 improved to 8-6 overall and evened its mark to 5-5 in the GLIAC North Division this season as a result of splitting a pair of conference matches against two North Division opponents this past week.  The Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 home decision to West Michigan rival Grand Valley State last Friday (Oct. 1) in Big Rapids before posting a 3-2 victory over Saginaw Valley State last Sunday (Oct. 3) at SVSU's Cardinal Gymnasium in University Center, Mich.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 296-156 (.655); Career: 18th season, 414-176 (.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: 

  Ashland: Ferris State has a 14-4 advantage over Ashland in their all-time series, which includes a 6-1 home mark. The Bulldogs posted a come-from-behind 3-2 home win over the Eagles last season (Oct. 10) in Big Rapids as FSU had to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the GLIAC matchup.  The Eagles won their fifth straight match with a 3-1 non-league decision over Taylor (Ind.) last Saturday (Oct. 2) at Upland, Ind., in improving to 10-4 overall this season.  AU, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Connie Surowicz, is presently 5-3 in the GLIAC's South Division.  Ashland has assembled a 5-3 record in away encounters this campaign.  Overall, the Eagles have been victorious in seven of their last eight matches to date.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. AU - 12-4.

  Lake Erie: The Bulldogs' contest against Lake Erie will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams.  Lake Erie, which is coached by ninth-year head coach Gary VanCauwenberge, is presently 3-12 overall and 0-8 in the GLIAC's South Division this season.  The Storm have lost 10 straight matches to date, which includes a 3-0 home league setback to Ashland last Thursday (Sept. 30) at Painesville, Ohio, in their most recent action.  LEC is 1-6 in away outings this fall and will pay a visit to Grand Valley State this Friday (Oct. 8) prior to its match against the Bulldogs.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. LEC - 0-0. 

  * 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 (93), 14th in total blocks (348), 17th in kills (986), tied for 18th in block assists (255) and 27th in hitting percentage (.231).  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: Arielle Goodson is 14 kills shy of attaining her 1,000th career kill and would be the 17th individual to accomplish the feat.  Goodson has accumulated a 986-career kills total in 102 matches and is 98 kills away from moving into a 16th-place tie with Erin Minnis (1998-01; 1,084 career kills) on FSU's all-time leaders list . . . Senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) is 74 digs away from tallying the 500th dig of her career.  Ruttle, who has compiled 85 digs in 14 contests this season, has accumulated 426 career digs to date in 82 matches . . . Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) recorded her sixth match with at least 40 assists this season as she distributed a season-high 48 helpers at Saginaw Valley State last Sunday (Oct. 3).  Fordyce has totaled 40 or more assists in five of her last six outings and is averaging 42.5 assists per match (255 total) during the six-match span.  Fordyce currently ranks 10th among the program's all-time leaders with 1,744 career helpers in 45 contests . . . Arielle Goodson has compiled double-digit kill totals in 12 of her 13 contests this fall, which includes a season-high 20 kills against Michigan Tech (Sept. 12).  Her lone non double-figure output was six kills at Northwood (Sept. 18) . . . Sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) has hammered a career season-high and squad third-most 90 kills in 14 outings this fall.  Brecht's 90 kills this campaign are 73 more than she accumulated a season ago in 12 appearances. 

* A Grand Milestone: Junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) became the 13th individual in Bulldog women's volleyball history to register 1,000 career digs after she dug up 23 attacks at Saginaw Valley State this past Sunday (Oct. 3).  Tobiczyk has presently amassed 1,014 career digs in 74 matches and is now 40 digs shy of occupying a tie for 12th place with Sarah Vandermolen (1997-00; 1,054 career digs). 

* National Play Of The Week Honor: For the second year in a row, Ferris State has earned Volleyball Market/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Play of the Week honors as the Bulldogs have been selected the week four national winner per Wednesday's (Oct. 6) announcement by the AVCA.  FSU's award-winning play took place in a Sept. 26 GLIAC match at Findlay which the Bulldogs won 3-1 over the Oilers.  The play will now be included among the other weeks' finalists to be eligible for the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year, which will be announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Friday, Dec. 17, at the AVCA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.  A season ago, Ferris State was the first-ever Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week recipient (Sept. 30) as the Bulldogs' second-set play against Grand Valley State (Sept. 15) took top national honors.

* October Matches: Ferris State is 68-29 overall (.701) in October matches since the 2000 season.  The Bulldogs sport a 31-11 home mark and are 37-18 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.   

* A Season's Difference: Senior middle hitter Danielle Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-Augusta) has recorded a tem fifth-most and career single-season best 71 kills (1.48 avg.) to date this season in 14 contests.  In her previous three seasons (2007-09), Hamilton generated a combined 25 kills in 36 appearances.

* Double Trouble: Ferris State's top two kills leaders this season, Arielle Goodson and junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) have combined to generate 54.0% (157-661) of the team's current kills production.  Goodson has hammered a team-high 202 kills (4.04 kills per set) in 13 matches while Huntey has posted 155 kills (2.92 kills per set) in 14 contests.

* Nationally Speaking: Ferris State is listed in seven team statistical categories among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders through Oct. 3 matches.  The Bulldogs are ranked 32nd in service aces per set (2.08), 77th in kills per set (12.47), 81st in assists per set (11.42), 83rd in hitting percentage (.208), 108th in win-loss percentage (.571), 133rd in blocks per set (1.64), and 212th in digs per set (12.32).  Individually, Arielle Goodson is 11th in points per set (4.88) and ranks 15th in kills per set (4.04).  Fans can view complete team and individual national rankings at this link - 2010-11 NCAA Women's Volleyball Statistics.

* FSU Athletics' Women in Sports Day: This Friday (Oct. 8) evening's match against Ashland is one of three featured Bulldogs' women's athletic events as part of Ferris State Athletics' Women in Sports Day celebration.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children or $25 for a family of four individuals which includes admission to three Bulldog women's athletic events, dinner, transportation, education about Title IX, autographed pictures of each team, giveaways, and invaluable role models.  For questions and/or RSVP, please contact Katie at nicholk8@ferris.edu.  Visit the 2010 Ferris State "Women in Sports Day" link for more information.

* 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 259-124 (.676) 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 285-81 (.779) 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 and is currently 4-3 at home this season.  Overall, Ferris is 138-41 (.771) 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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