Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 5-6)

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THIS WEEK:

vs. Northern Michigan Wildcats
Friday, Sept. 10 - 7 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich. 

vs. Michigan Tech Huskies
Sunday, Sept. 12 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Ewigleben Sports Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.


* The Opening Serve: The 2010 Ferris State University women's volleyball team begins Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this weekend (Sept. 10 and 12) against a pair of Michigan Upper Peninsula teams at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs square off against Northern Michigan this Friday (Sept. 10) evening in their conference opener before taking on Michigan Tech this Sunday (Sept. 12) afternoon in a league tilt. 

* Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2010 Ferris State women's volleyball regular-season home matches will be available at the door.  Tickets 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 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.

* "Back To School" Night: The sixth annual "Back To School" Night event will be held this Friday (Sept. 10) in conjunction with the Bulldog women's volleyball team's conference opener against Northern Michigan.  Those fans attending can earn free admission by providing a new school supply, which in turn will be distributed by the Bulldog Athletics Department for use in local elementary classrooms.  Items should be in new package condition and can include such materials as crayons, construction paper, markers, glue, notebooks and pencils. 

* 38th Season: The 2010 campaign represents Ferris State's 38th season of women's volleyball.  The Bulldogs own an all-time mark of 793-452 (.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 currently 3-1 overall and 0-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) North Division to date.  The Bulldogs opened their 2010 season last weekend (Sept. 3-4) in the Ferris State Invitational and compiled a 3-1 tourney ledger.  FSU registered a pair of 3-0 non-conference sweeps over Lock Haven and Glenville State last Friday (Sept. 3) before falling to nationally-ranked Minnesota State, 3-1, in Saturday's (Sept. 4) first non-league match.  However, Ferris State bounced back with a 3-0 non-conference decision versus Mercyhurst on Saturday (Sept. 4) in the tourney finale. 

* The Coaches: Ferris State  - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 291-151 (.658); Career: 18th season, 409-171 (.705).  Brandel-Wilhelm enters 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: 

   Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan holds a 42-40 edge over Ferris State in the all-time series.  The Bulldogs swept last season's regular-season series, winning 3-2 over the Wildcats (9/19) in Marquette, Mich. and 3-1 in the regular-season finale (11/7) at Big Rapids.  Ferris State has won eight of the last 20 contests while compiling a 20-16 all-time home mark versus the Wildcats.  NMU, which is coached by fourth-year head coach and former Ferris assistant Dominic Yoder, is presently 4-0 overall and 0-0 in the GLIAC's North Division after prevailing in all four of its contests at the 2010 Super Oasis Wildcat Open held at NMU's Vandament Arena.  The 'Cats claimed victories over Wisconsin-Parkside (3-1), Winona State (3-2), Minnesota-Crookston (3-0), and American International (3-0) in the season-opening tournament.  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. NMU - 11-21. 

  Michigan Tech: Ferris State has a 49-14 all-time series advantage over Michigan Tech, which includes a 23-6 home ledger.  The two teams split a pair of regular-season matches last season, winning on each other's home court.  The Bulldogs registered a 3-1 triumph over the Huskies (9/18) in Houghton, Mich., before Michigan Tech upended FSU by a 3-2 margin (11/6) at Big Rapids.  MTU, under second-year head coach Orlando Gonzalez, sports a 1-3 overall record and is 0-0 in the GLIAC North Division prior to this Friday's (9/10) GLIAC opener at Saginaw Valley State.  The Huskies prevailed 3-0 over Glenville State at the 2010 Ferris State Invitational (9/4) for their lone win of this season to date.  MTU suffered tournament setbacks to St. Cloud State (3-0), Mercyhurst (3-2), and Minnesota State (3-0).  Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. MTU - 23-7. 

* GLIAC Openers: Ferris State is 14-6 (.700) in GLIAC openers dating back to 1990, which includes a 9-3 home record during that span.  The Bulldogs have been victorious in nine of their last 12 league-opening contests to date.  FSU claimed a 3-2 home victory over Wayne State last season (9/11) in its conference opener.  Ferris dropped a 3-1 decision at Northwood (9/12) in its 2008 league-opening encounter.  

* 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.  

* A Good Sign: Senior middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) currently ranks among Ferris State’s all-time leaders in several statistical categories.  She is listed sixth in block solos (83), 17th in total blocks (316), 20th in block assists (233), 21st in kills (824) and and 27th 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: FSU's current top two kills leaders this season, Ashley Huntey and Arielle Goodson have combined for 56.3% (81-151) of the team's production.  Huntey has accumulated a squad-best 45 kills in four matches while Goodson has totaled 40 kills in three outings . . . Ferris State improved to 32-6 (.842) all-time in season-opening matches with a 3-0 home non-conference victory over Lock Haven last Friday (9/3) in its 2010 opener.  The Bulldogs are now 14-1 in season openers under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm . . . Arielle Goodson is one block solo shy of tying Alaina Olds (1999-02; 84 career blocks solos) for fifth place on the program's all-time leaders list . . . Sophomore setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) already is listed 12th with 1,346 career assists in 35 encounters among Ferris State's all-time bests.  She needs 206 more helpers to move into an 11th-place tie with Wendy McCann (1984-87; 1,552 career assists) and registered a program 12th single-season most 1,243 assists last season in 31 matches . . . The Bulldogs are hitting at .220 efficiency (151-71-363) in their initial four matches this season compared to .147 (173-100-496) for the 2009 campaign thru the first four outings . . . FSU has served up 38 aces (2.92 avg.) this season to date in four appearances after producing 22 service aces (1.57) last fall in the same amount of matches. 

* 2010 Ferris State Invite Recap: The Bulldogs compiled a 3-1 mark to open the 2010 season at its Ferris State Invitational last weekend (9/3-4).  Arielle Goodson and junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) were chosen to the 10-member all-tournament team.  Goodson record a team-best .337 hitting percentage with a combined 40 kills on 83 attempts in three matches played.  She compiled double-figure kills in each contest, including a season-high 19 kills versus nationally 18th-ranked Minnesota State (9/4).  Huntey produced a team-leading 46 kills in four outings, which also included six service aces, four assists, four blocks and 12 digs.  She notched double-digit kills twice with 14 and 15 totals respectively in consecutive matches versus Glenville State (9/3) and Minnesota State (9/4). 

* 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 a co-captain for the 2009 squad.

* 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. 

* What Returns For 2010: Below is a look at the 2009 statistical totals of the returnees and what percentage of the team totals they accounted for:
                       2009 Total          2010 Returning             % Returning
 Kills                   1,489                            693                                 46.5
 Aces                     205                            122                                  59.5
 Digs                   1,623                          1,193                                73.5
 Blocks               243.0                           217.0                                89.3
 

* Productive Span: Ferris State has won 20 or more matches nine times under 15th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 255-120 (.680) 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 284-79 (.782) 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 137-39 (.778) 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 (Grand Rapids/Central) and Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville).  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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