Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 22-23)

THIS WEEK:
vs. Tiffin Dragons
Saturday, Oct. 30 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.

vs. Ohio Dominican Panthers
Sunday, Oct. 31 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.


* The Opening Serve: The 2010 Ferris State University women's volleyball team begins its regular-season ending five-match homestand in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this weekend (Oct. 30-31) in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs host the Tiffin Dragons this Saturday (Oct. 30) and then square off against the Ohio Dominican Panthers on Sunday (Oct. 31) in what will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.       

* 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 802-460 (.635) 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 12-9 overall and 8-6 in the GLIAC North Division this season.  The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 conference decision to nationally 15th-ranked Northern Michigan last Friday (Oct. 22) in Marquette, Mich., before registering a 3-1 league victory over Michigan Tech last Sunday (Oct. 24) in Houghton, Mich.  Ferris State has produced a 6-3 record in home outings to date this campaign.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 300-159 (.654); Career: 18th season, 418-179 (.700).  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: 

Tiffin: Ferris State has a 2-0 lead over Tiffin in the all-time series following a 3-1 home triumph last season (10/9) in Big Rapids.  The Bulldogs are 1-0 at home versus the Dragons.  TU is currently 11-12 overall with a 7-6 mark in the GLIAC's South Division this season.  The Dragons, who are directed by first-year head coach Dana Cordova, sport a 3-4 mark in away encounters this fall.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. TU - 2-0. 

Ohio Dominican: Ferris State and Ohio Dominican will be meeting for the first-time ever.  ODU has assembled a 7-14 overall ledger and is 2-11 in the GLIAC's South Division.  The Panthers, who are coached by 22nd-year head coach Sandy Rowley, are 4-4 in road outings this campaign.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. ODU - 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 (100), 12th in total blocks (372), 15th in both kills (1,115) and block assists (272), and 18th in hitting percentage (.245).  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 settter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) eclipsed the 2,000 career mark in assists with 52 total at Northern Michigan last Friday (Oct. 22) and became the 10th individual in the program's history to reach the milestone.  Fordyce currently has accumulated 2,064 career assists for a 10.22 assists per set average in 52 matches and presently trails Candice Marut (2004-08; 2,077 career assists) by 13 helpers for eighth-place honors . . . Arielle Goodson's 27 kills at Northern Michigan (Oct. 22) represents a career match high, eclipsing her 26-kills performance versus Ashland earlier this season (Oct. 8).  Goodson has turned in at least 20 or more kills in a contest four times this campaign, which includes 20 kills apiece against Michigan Tech (Sept. 12) and versus Wisconsin-Parkside (Oct. 16) in a Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament tilt . . . Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey's (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) 247 kills in 21 contests this season represents a career single-season best, surpassing her 229 kills in 31 matches for the 2009 campaign.  Huntey, who has participated in 81 career encounters to date, is currently six kills away from reaching the 600 plateau . . . Senior libero Dana Ruttle (Reed City) established a career season-high in digs this season with 168 total in 21 matches.  Ruttle has amassed 164 digs apiece in each of her previous two campaigns (2008 and 2009).  She surpassed the 500 career mark with 10 digs at Michigan Tech (Oct. 24) and presently has garnered 509 digs in 89 career outings.  

* Conference Recognition: Arielle Goodson has been tabbed as this week's (Oct. 25) GLIAC North Division's Player of the Week for the second time this season.  Goodson recorded a career match-high 38 points in the Bulldogs' five-set match at nationally-ranked Northern Michigan last Friday (Oct. 22) by hammering a career match-best 27 kills on a .489 hitting percentage.  The 6-2 middle hitter also totaled a match-high six service aces and six total blocks, which featured a season-match high four block solos.  In Sunday's (Oct. 24) 3-1 triumph at Michigan Tech, Goodson tallied a match-leading 17 kills en route to a .412 attack percentage.  She also contributed three service aces and digs apiece while garnering a pair of block assists.  For the week, Goodson averaged 4.89 kills per set and hit at a .457 clip in a combined nine sets.  She averaged 0.89 blocks a set and compiled a 6.56 points per set average (59.0 total points).

* October Matches: Ferris State is 72-32 overall (.692) in October matches since the 2000 season, which includes a 5-4 mark this season to date.  The Bulldogs sport a 33-11 home mark and are 39-21 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.   

* Congratulations!: Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm earned her 300th career coaching win at Ferris State with last Sunday's (Oct. 24) 3-1 conference win over Michigan Tech in Houghton, Mich.  Brandel-Wilhelm, who has compiled a current 300-159 (.654) coaching ledger in 15 years at FSU, trails Jill Hirschinger (330-151 record) by 30 victories in tying for top honors as the program's all-time winningest coach. 

* Dominating Net Presence: Arielle Goodson reached 100 block solos in her career with a season-high four at Northern Michigan (Oct. 22) and is only the third FSU player to compile century mark totals in the program's history.  Goodson, who has chalked up 19 block solos in 20 matches this fall, is now 27 block solos away from moving into a second-place tie with Karen Volkers (1987-90; 127 career block solos) on the Bulldogs' all-time leaders list.  She registered a career season-best 44 block solos in 30 contests a season ago.  

* Nationally Speaking: Ferris State is listed in seven team statistical categories among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders through Oct. 24 matches.  The Bulldogs are ranked 53rd in service aces per set (1.86), 66th in assists per set (11.52), 67th in kills per set (12.47), 102nd in win-loss percentage (.571), 147th in blocks per set (1.61), and 206th in digs per set (12.78).  Individually, Arielle Goodson ranks fifth in points per set (4.99) and is 12th in kills per set (4.14) while Samantha Fordyce is listed 39th in assists per set (10.04).  Fans can view complete team and individual national rankings at this link - 2010-11 NCAA Women's Volleyball Statistics.

October Is "Dig Pink":  The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has designated the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as universities throughout the nation annually continue to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.  Please visit this link for more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

* 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 262-125 (.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 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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