FSU Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 10-13)

THIS WEEK:

vs. Findlay
Friday, Sept. 23 - 12 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.

vs. Hillsdale
Saturday, Sept. 24 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.

vs. Wayne State
Sunday, Sept. 25 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.

*The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team will continue a seven-match home stretch of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) competition this Friday (Sept. 23) against the Findlay Oilers in a special 12 p.m. (ET) encounter. The Bulldogs will go on to host the Hillsdale Chargers on Saturday (9/25) afternoon followed by the Wayne State Warriors on Sunday with both matches set to start at 2 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs have won all seven of their outings at home to date this season.

*Ticket Information: Tickets for 2011 Ferris State women's volleyball regular-season home matches are available at the door. Ticket prices are $5 for adults 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: Live stats will be available for all Bulldog home matches. Selected Ferris State home games will feature live video streaming for $7.95 a match. For more information, visit www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

*39th Season: The 2011 campaign represents Ferris State's 39th season of women's volleyball. The Bulldogs own an all-time record of 816-462 (.638). Since the program's inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have won nine GLIAC titles, qualified 15 times for the NCAA-II Tournament and registered 31 winning seasons.

*2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) North Division to date. The Bulldogs have a current win streak of three after defeating Grand Valley State (9/14), Lake Superior State (9/17) and Northwood (9/18) last week.  All three matches were 3-0 decisions in favor of FSU. Ferris State has had continued success at home this season where the Bulldogs own a 7-0 mark.

* The Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), is in her 16th year at Ferris State. Brandel-Wilhelm holds a career record of 311-161 (.657). Brandel-Wilhelm entered the 2011 campaign just 20 victories away from a tie for Ferris State's all-time winningest coach. She became the program's fifth head coach in June 1996.

*This Week's Opposition:

Findlay:  Ferris State has a 9-5 edge over Findlay in the all-time series. The Bulldogs faced the Oilers once in the 2010 campaign with a 3-1 victory on the road (9/26). Ferris State holds the lead against Findlay when playing at home with a 5-0 series advantage at the Ewigleben Sports Arena. The Oilers currently hold a 3-6 overall and 1-4 GLIAC record to date this year.  This is the 15th season as the Findlay women's volleyball head coach for Wick Colchagoff.

Hillsdale: Ferris State and Hillsdale will meet for the 62nd time with the Bulldogs holding a 48-14 all-time series advantage over the Chargers. Hillsdale claimed last season's series, prevailing 3-1 (9/24) and then posting a 3-1 victory at Hillsdale in the GLIAC semifinals (11/13), which ended the Bulldogs' seaosn. Ferris State's record is currently 23-2 at home against Hillsdale and stands at a 25-12 when playing in Hillsdale, Mich. The Charger squad is led by Chris Gravel who is in his 16th season at the position. HC is currently 8-1 overall and stand at a 5-0 record in the GLIAC heading into the week.

Wayne State: The Bulldogs hold a 45-28 all-time series advantage over the Warriors. This includes a 21-6 record at home for the Bulldogs. On the road, Ferris State is 24-22 against Wayne State. In the 2010 campaign, the Bulldogs split with the Warriors. During the regular season, the Bulldogs lost 3-2 at Wayne State, however when the teams met again in the post season, Ferris State was victorious in a 3-1 decision in the GLIAC quarterfinals. In the current 2011 season, the Warriors stand at a 4-4 overall record and a current 3-1 record in the GLIAC. Wayne State is led by head coach Phil Nickel, who is in his fourth season.

*2011 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Poll: Ferris State was selected third in the 2011 GLIAC Preseason North Division Coaches Poll. This season, Hillsdale was picked as the top team in the South Division and Northern Michigan as the first-place team in the North Division. Falling two points behind Northern Michigan was second-place Grand Valley State.

*National Attention: The Bulldogs are currently ranked 23th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. This comes after an impressive 3-0 weekend swing, which improved Ferris State to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in GLIAC play.

*Player of the Week: Junior outside hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) has received the GLIAC's North Division Player of the Week honor. Sutton helped lead Ferris State to a perfect 3-0 weekend. She totaled 25 kills over the three-match win streak and had a .625 hitting percentage along with 10 kills against Northwood in the weekend finale. Sutton is the second Bulldog to receive the honor this season as senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey was tabbed for the award two weeks ago.

*Bulldog Bites: Junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) leads the team in assists with 320 total helpers thus far in the season … Ferris State has had 395 total kills while opponents are currently at 318 kills … Defensively, the Bulldogs have racked up 67 total blocks, 28 block solos and 78 block assists .... Freshman middle hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) contributes 30.0 blocks ... Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) has an impressive 107 kills on the season thus far followed by junior outside hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapid/Northview), who has tallied 95 to date .. The Bulldogs are on a current seven-match win streak when playing at home and won three in a row overall to date.

*GLIAC Standing/Schedule: Fans can view the complete 2011 GLIAC Standings for both the North and South Divisions along with a composite schedule on the GLIAC website at www.gliac.org.

*2011 Team Captains: Serving as the 2011 FSU team captains are senior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville), senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood), junior setter Samantha Fordyce (Dewitt) and junior outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma). Fordyce and Tobiczyk both served as captains in the 2010 season.

*2011 FSU Roster: Ferris State's 2011 active roster includes three seniors, six juniors, three 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 member of the team is from Michigan.

*Ewigleben Sports Arena: The Bulldogs have compiled a 296-81 (.78) record to date in 30 seasons of competition at the Ewigleben Sports Arena since moving from the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Building in 1981. Ferris, which has accumulated six undefeated home seasons in the facility, produced a 10-5 home ledger in 2010. Overall, Ferris is 149-41 (.784) in home matches under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

*2010 Record: Ferris State concluded the 2010 season with a 18-10 overall record and a 13-6 record in GLIAC play. The Bulldogs appeared in their 13th-straight GLIAC Tournament a season ago. Ferris State finished the regular season in fourth-place among the North Division.

*All-Conference Returners: Ferris State has three All-GLIAC performers from last season's squad returning. Senior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) and senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) both received second team recognition. Junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) was named on the honorable mention team.

*Yearbook Available Online: The 2011 Ferris State University Women's Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The publication features such information as 2011 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2010 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Click on this 2011 Yearbook link to view the online publication.

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