Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University volleyball player Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids, Mich./Central) has been named one of the two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "NCAA Woman of the Year" honorees as announced by the league office.
More than 140 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2011 Woman of the Year nominees by their athletic conferences and by independent institutions.
The Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. The 2010 Woman of the Year, Justine Schluntz, was an NCAA swimming champion and 2010 Rhodes Scholar from the University of Arizona.
Goodson closed out her highly-productive four-year (2007-10) career last fall by receiving 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Second-Team recognition and was tabbed the 2010-11 Helen Bennett Award recipient as the Bulldogs' most outstanding senior female student-athlete.
A two-time (2009 and 2010) AVCA All-Midwest Region selection, Goodson attained All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team kudos in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The 6-2 middle hitter, who claimed 2010 Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region laurels, also landed a spot on both the Ferris State Invitational and GLIAC Tournament teams for the 2010 campaign.
The 2010 team's Most Valuable Player, Goodson generated a career season-best 428 kills in 2010 and averaged 4.04 kills per set while producing a career single-season high .296 hitting percentage as Ferris State notched its 13th consecutive winning season last fall with an 18-10 overall record. She also accumulated 97 total blocks on the season, which included 27 block solos, to go along with a career season-best 30 service aces as a starter in all 27 outings played in. Goodson, a 2008 All-GLIAC Second-Team member, amassed 520 total points for a squad-high 4.91 points per set in 102 total sets last campaign. The two-time (Oct. 11 and 25) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week selection chalked up double-digit kills in 24 matches as a senior, which included 11 of her last 12 appearances.
Academically, the 2010 Bulldog team captain was a two-time (2009 and 2010) GLIAC All-Academic Team member. Off the court, Goodson was also heavily involved in community projects and volunteering her time assisting with others less fortunate. She was an active volunteer with the United Way, the Red Cross, Bethany Christian Services, Metron Nursing Home, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Veterans Home, Cranhill Christian Ranch among several others. Goodson was also an attendee of the 2009 NCAA Leadership Academy and plans to study abroad in India this year.
Nomination submissions for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year program continue to grow, with a record 471 nominations received for this year's program, an increase of 19 over last year. Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration. Each conference assesses the eligibility of its members' nominees and selects at least one student-athlete to represent the conference.
To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 overall.
With the 142 conference nominees selected, a committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and athletic conferences will select 10 nominees from each of the three divisions to compose the Top 30 nominees, who will be announced in late August. The selection committee will then narrow the Top 30 to three finalists from each division to form the Top Nine, which will be announced in early September. From the Top Nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the national winner.
The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 16.