Valley State Lakers
Wednesday, Sept. 15 - 7 p.m. (EDT)
GVSU Fieldhouse - Allendale, Mich.
Saturday, Sept. 18 - 4 p.m. (EDT)
Bennett Sports Center - Midland, Mich.
at Lake Superior
Sunday, Sept. 19 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Bud Cooper Gymnasium - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
* The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team embarks on a six-match road swing over the next two weeks in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play, starting this Wednesday (Sept. 15) evening versus the Grand Valley State Lakers in Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs continue conference play this Saturday (Sept. 18) against the Northwood Timberwolves in Midland, Mich., before wrapping up the week's action with a Sunday (Sept. 19) encounter versus the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
* 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 794-453 (.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 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) North Division this season to date. The Bulldogs began conference match play this past weekend (Sept. 10 and 12) splitting a pair of season-opening GLIAC home encounters at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State suffered a 3-1 loss to Northern Michigan last Friday (Sept. 10) before bouncing back to hand Michigan Tech a 3-1 setback in Sunday's (Sept. 12) contest.
* The Coaches: Ferris State - Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), 15th season, 292-152 (.658); Career: 18th season, 410-172 (.704). 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:
Valley State: Ferris State and Grand Valley State will
meet for the 97th time as the Lakers hold a 56-40 all-time series
advantage over the Bulldogs. GVSU claimed last season's
series, prevailing 3-2 against FSU (9/15) in
Big Rapids, Mich., and then posting a 3-1 home victory at
Allendale, Mich. Ferris State has compiled a 25-36
record in road/neutral site matches while sporting a 15-20 mark in
home encounters against GVSU. Grand Valley State, which is
led by 16th-year head coach Deanne Scanlon, has compiled
a 2-4 overall record with a 1-1 GLIAC North Division mark this
season. The Lakers presently sport a 1-1 record in
home encounters for the 2010 campaign, which includes a 3-2
conference loss to Northern Michigan last Sunday (9/12) in their
most recent appearance. GVSU is listed among other teams
receiving votes with 14 points in this week's (Sept. 13)
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II
Coaches Top 25 Poll. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs.
GVSU - 8-24.
Northwood: Ferris State sports a 28-21 mark in its all-time series versus Northwood although the Timberwolves have prevailed in 13 of the last 21 matchups between the two teams. The Bulldogs notched a 3-0 home decision over Northwood last season (9/12) in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State is 12-14 in road/neutral matches and 16-7 at home against Northwood. The Timberwolves are presently 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC North Division to date this season following a 3-1 league win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (9/11) in Columbus, Ohio. Northwood, who are coached by seventh-year head coach Tim Koth, entertain Grand Valley State this Friday (9/17) evening before hosting Ferris State. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. NU - 13-17.
Lake Superior State: Ferris State owns a 63-17 lead in its all-time series against Lake Superior State and has won 43 of the last 44 meetings between the two teams. FSU won both matches last season as the Bulldogs tallied a 3-0 home triumph (9/26) at Big Rapids, Mich., and then claimed a 3-0 decision (10/31) at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Lake Superior State is presently 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC's North Division this season after dropping a 3-1 conference road loss to Tiffin last Saturday (9/11) in Tiffin, Ohio. The Lakers, under 16th-year head coach Mark Engle, host Saginaw Valley State (9/17) and Grand Valley State (9/18) prior to their matchup against Ferris State. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. LSSU - 19-1.
* 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 and All-America candidate Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) currently ranks among Ferris State’s all-time leaders in several statistical categories. She is tied for fifth in block solos (84), 17th in total blocks (322), 20th in both block assists (238) and in kills (859), and is listed 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.
* Huntey Season: Junior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) has tallied a team second-most 67 kills (3.19 avg.) in 21 sets this season. She hammered a squad fourth-best 44 kills (2.00 avg.) in 22 sets a season ago following the Bulldogs' first six encounters. Huntey also has a team-leading 10 service aces (0.48 avg.) this fall compared to three aces (0.14 avg.) last season after the squad's initial six appearances.
* Bulldog Bites: Arielle Goodson has registered double-figure kill totals in all five of her matches played in this fall, which includes a single-season best 20 kills against Michigan Tech last Sunday (9/12). Goodson has accumulated 42 double-digit kills in a match to date during her Bulldog career . . . Ferris State has served 52 aces (2.48 avg.) in six matches this campaign, which represents 16 more than last season's 36 aces output (1.64 avg.) following the first six outings . . . Sophomore outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) is three kills shy of attaining her 50th career kill. Brecht's 30 kills in six matches this fall already exceeds her 17-kills output in 12 outings for the 2009 campaign . . . Sophomore middle hitter Anne Sutton's (Grand Rapids/Northview) seven total blocks (all block assists) in six matches this fall marks a career season high, eclipsing her four blocks (all block assists) in seven outings a season ago . . . Senior middle hitter Danielle Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-Augusta) totaled a career-match high nine kills against Michigan Tech (9/12), which surpasses her seven kills in the 2010 season opener versus Lock Haven (9/3) in a Ferris State Invitational tilt . . . Former FSU standout Kristy Gilchrist, who played for the Bulldogs from 2006-09, has joined the coaching staff in a student assistant capacity. Sarah Lark is also a student assistant coach and spent 2006-09 as a member of the Ferris State women's volleyball program.
* Nationally Speaking: Ferris State presently ranks 19th among this week's NCAA-II national statistical leaders in service aces per set (2.48 avg.) while the Bulldogs are listed 74th in win-loss percentage (.667). FSU is 91st in blocks per set (1.81 avg.), 99th in hitting percentage (.198), 109th in kills per set (11.86 avg.), 131st in assists per set (10.43 avg.), and 224th in digs per set (10.33 avg.). Individually, Arielle Goodson ranks 12th in points per set (4.92) while occupying 13th place in kills per set (4.17) and 32nd place in blocks per set (1.11). 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
* 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.
* 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 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 (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
* 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.