October 13, 2010

Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 17-19)

THIS WEEK:
2010 Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Volleyball Tournament
vs. #19 Missouri-St. Louis Tritons
Friday, Oct. 15 - 12:30 p.m. (EDT)
Great Lakes Center - Aurora, Ill. 

vs. Rockhurst Hawks
Friday, Oct. 15 - 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Great Lakes Center - Aurora, Ill.

vs. Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers
Saturday, Oct. 16 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Great Lakes Center - Aurora, Ill.


* The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team will be competing in the 2010 Mizuno Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Crossover Tournament this weekend (Oct. 15-16) at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill.  The Bulldogs begin tourney non-conference action this Friday (Oct. 15) taking on the nationally 19th-ranked Missouri-St. Louis Tritons in a 12:30 p.m. (EDT) contest.  FSU then square off against the Rockhurst Hawks in a 6:30 p.m. (EDT) tilt before wrapping up action on the court this Saturday (Oct. 16) versus the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers at 2 p.m. (EDT).      

* 2010 Crossover Tournament Ticket Information: Tickets are $6 per day and will be available at the door.   A combined total of 30 teams will be participating in the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament, which includes non-conference affiliated Cedarville University.

* Crossover Tournament Information: Information and complete tournament pairings for the 2010 Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Volleyball Tournament can be accessed by clicking on this link

* 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 800-457 (.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 10-6 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC North Division this season with a pair of home victories over two conference South Division opponents this past week.  The Bulldogs, who have a three-match winning streak, claimed a 3-2 win versus the Ashland Eagles last Friday (Oct. 8) evening at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.   Ferris State then recorded a 3-0 decision over the Lake Erie Storm in Saturday's (Oct. 9) match as the Bulldogs have prevailed in four of their last five contests to date.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 298-156 (.656); Career: 18th season, 416-176 (.703).  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: 

  Missouri-St. Louis: Ferris State has a 5-0 lead against Missouri-St. Louis in an all-time series, which includes a 5-0 road/neutral site mark.  The Bulldogs claimed a 3-2 triumph over UMSL last season (Oct. 16) in a 2009 Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament contest in Lansing, Mich.  Missouri-St. Louis extended its current winning streak to four as the Tritons posted a 3-0 conference road decision over Drury last Saturday (Oct. 9) in Springfield, Mo., in improving its overall record to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in the GLVC.  The Tritons, who are coached by third-year head coach Trent Jones have won 10 of their last 11 matches to date with the lone setback occurring in a 3-1 league match at Indianapolis (Sept. 25).  UMSL is presently ranked 19th in the latest (Oct. 11) American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll with 230 points.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. UMSL - 3-0.

 Rockhurst: This Friday's (Oct. 15) tilt will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.  The Hawks currently sport a 16-5 record overall this campaign, which includes a 5-3 ledger in the GLVC, under the direction of 23rd-year head coach Tracy Rietzke.  RU has won six of its last nine matches to date despite falling 3-0 on the road to nationally-ranked Central Missouri Tuesday (Oct. 12) in Warrensburg, Mo.  The Hawks are listed among other teams receiving votes in this week's (Oct. 11) AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll with 13 points.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. RU - 0-0. 

 Wisconsin-Parkside: The Bulldogs have a 13-0 lead over Wisconsin-Parkside in their all-time series but haven't faced the Rangers since 2002.  In the most recent meeting, FSU registered a 3-0 victory at the 2002 GLIAC/GLVC Challenge (Sept. 13) in Allendale, Mich.  UWP has produced a 13-6 overall mark and is 5-3 in GLVC matches to date this fall.  The Rangers claimed a 3-0 non-league victory over Saint Xavier (Ill.) Tuesday (Oct. 12) and have come away victorious in 10 of their last 13 outings.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. UWP - 2-0. 

 * 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 (353), 17th in kills (1,019), tied for 17th in block assists (260) and 24th in hitting percentage (.234).  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. 

* Conference Honor: Arielle Goodson has been chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week this week (Oct. 12) for her noteworthy performance on the court.  She led the Bulldogs to a pair of conference home victories last weekend (Oct. 8-9) as she combined for a team-leading 33 kills while averaging a squad-best 4.12 kills per set and hitting for a .364 percentage in the eight sets played.  She also averaged 0.62 blocks per set with five block assists and served two aces while compiling seven digs.  In the win against Ashland last Friday (Oct. 8), Goodson hammered a career match-high 26 kills on .404 hitting efficiency and then followed up with seven kills and a .263 attack percentage versus Lake Erie last Saturday (Oct. 9).  Goodson was also a recipient of the weekly conference honor last season (Oct. 12).  She joins sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) as Ferris State recipients of the conference's weekly honor this season as Fordyce earned such recognition earlier this season (Sept. 20).

* Bulldog Bites: Senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) has garnered a combined 30 digs in her last two outings highlighted by a career match-best 17 total versus Ashland (Oct. 8) and 13 more against Lake Erie (Oct. 9).  Ruttle's previous match high of 15 digs came in 2008 at Ashland (Oct. 10) . . . Sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton's (Grand Rapids/Northview) 13 kills (28 attempts) versus Ashland last Friday (Oct. 8) equaled a career match best.  Sutton produced 13 kills (21 attempts) while hitting at a .571 clip against Lake Superior State last season (Sept. 26) . . . The Bulldogs, who have won four of their last five matches, are hitting for .217 efficiency while averaging 12.5 kills per set (250 total kills) during that five-match period.  Ferris State has held its opponent to a .152 attack percentage and allowed 10.4 kills per set (207 total) . . . Arielle Goodson's 26 kills output versus Ashland last Friday (Oct. 8) marked a career match high, eclipsing her 24 kills against the Eagles a season ago (Oct. 10).  She has chalked up 13 outings with double-digit kill totals this fall, which includes seven of her last eight outings . . . Junior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) is 11 digs shy of tying for 12th-place honors with Sarah Vandermolen (1997-00; 1,054 career digs) among FSU's all-time leaders.  Tobiczyk has presently tallied 1,043 career digs in 76 matches to rank 13th on the career leaders list.  

* Another Milestone: Arielle Goodson etched her name in FSU's all-time annals last Friday (Oct. 8) as she became the 17th individual in the program's history to reach 1,000 career kills.  Goodson put down a career match-high 26 kills against Ashland and has presently amassed a 17th-most 1,019 career kills total in 104 appearances and is 65 kills away from moving into a 16th-place tie with Erin Minnis (1998-01; 1,084 career kills).  

* The Big Three: Ferris State's top three kills leaders this season in Arielle Goodson, junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood), and sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) have combined for 67.7% (513-758) of the team's output to date.  Goodson has hammered a team-leading 235 kills in 15 matches while Huntey has totaled 175 kills in 16 outings to rank second highest on the squad.  Brecht has produced a team third-most 103 kills in 12 contests this fall.

* October Matches: Ferris State is 70-29 overall (.707) in October matches since the 2000 season.  The Bulldogs sport a 33-11 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.   

* Two Away: Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm is two victories shy of notching her 300th career win at Ferris State.  Brandel-Wilhelm, who has compiled a current 298-156 (.656) coaching ledger in 15 years at FSU, trails Jill Hirschinger (330-151 record) by 32 victories in tying for top honors as the program's all-time winningest coach. 

* Nationally Speaking: Ferris State is listed in seven team statistical categories among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders through Oct. 10 matches.  The Bulldogs are ranked 41st in service aces per set (2.02), 80th in kills per set (12.43), 83rd in assists per set (11.38), 84th in hitting percentage (.208), 91st in win-loss percentage (.625), 140th in blocks per set (1.62), and 215th in digs per set (12.59).  Individually, Arielle Goodson ranks 15th in points per set (4.85) and is 16th 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.

* 2009 Crossover Tourney Recap: The Bulldogs went 2-1 at the 2009 Asics GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament (Oct. 16-17) held at the Aim High Facility in Lansing, Mich.  FSU defeated Southern Indiana (3-0) and Missouri-St. Louis (3-2) in the first day's action (Oct. 16) before falling to nationally-ranked Lewis (3-0) in its lone second-day appearance (Oct. 17).   

* 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 261-124 (.678) 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 287-81 (.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 6-3 at home this season.  Overall, Ferris is 140-41 (.773) 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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