Volleyball Weekly Notes (Matches 13-14)

THIS WEEK:

vs. Saginaw Valley State
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Big Rapids, Mich.

vs. Grand Valley State
Sunday, Oct. 2 - 2 p.m. (EDT)
Allendale, Mich.

*The Opening Serve: The Ferris State University women's volleyball team will conclude a seven-match home stretch of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) competition this Saturday (Oct. 1) against the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals. On Sunday (Oct. 2), the Bulldogs will travel to Allendale to take on the rival Grand Valley Lakers.

*Ticket Information: Tickets for the 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 819-432 (.657). 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 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the GLIAC's North Division to date. The Bulldogs have a current win streak of six after defeating Findlay (9/23), Hillsdale (9/24) and Wayne State (9/25) this past weekend.  All three matches were 3-0 decisions in favor of FSU. Ferris State has had continued success at home this season with a perfect 10-0 mark to date.

*The Coaches: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990), is midst 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:

Saginaw Valley State:  Ferris State has a 50-12 edge over Saginaw Valley State in the all-time series. The Bulldogs faced the Cardinals twice in the 2010 campaign with a 3-2 victory on the road (Oct. 3). Ferris State holds a commanding 26-5 series advantage against the Cardinals in Big Rapids. On the road, the Bulldogs are 24-7 all-time in University Center, Mich. SVSU currently holds a 6-5 overall and 5-2 GLIAC record this campaign.  This is the ninth season at the helm for Saginaw Valley State head coach Will Stanton.

Grand Valley State: Grand Valley State has a 58-41 lead over Ferris State in the all-time series. The Bulldogs faced the Lakers last week (Sept. 14) for the first time in the 2011 campaign and came out with the 3-0 sweep over the Lakers. GVSU holds the edge against Ferris State in both home and away matches with 21-16 and 37-26 marks, respectively. Grand Valley State is currently 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC this campaign.  This is the sixteenth season as the Grand Valley State head coach for Deanne Scanlon.

*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 in the North.

*Pink Out: Five seasons ago, the Ferris State women's volleyball team began wearing pink uniforms during an October match to honor and support breast cancer research. This Saturday's (Oct. 1) match against Saginaw Valley State will mark the special event for the Bulldogs. Throughout the event there will be different ways to contribute to the cause. The act of wearing the pink uniforms is a kickoff to the "Paint Big Rapids Pink" movement going on for the month of October in the local community.

*National Attention: The Bulldogs are currently ranked 17th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. This comes after an impressive 3-0 weekend swing that brought Ferris State to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in GLIAC play. Ferris State climbed six spots from last week's ranking of 23rd overall.

*Player of the Week: Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) was tabbed as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week (Sept. 26) for her outstanding play this past weekend as the Bulldogs swept past their three GLIAC opponents. During the weekend, Huntey accumulated 43 kills, 28 digs, six aces, six total blocks and averaged 6.00 points per game. In the 2011 season, Huntey leads the team in kills with 150 and averages 3.85 kills per set. Last week (Sept. 19), the GLIAC honored Bulldog junior outside hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) with the same player of the week honor.

*Bulldog Bites: Junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) leads the team in assists with 420 total helpers thus far in the season … Ferris State has 508 total kills while opponents are currently at 446 kills … Defensively, the Bulldogs have racked up 94.0 total blocks, 40 block solos and 108 block assists … Freshman middle hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) contributes 41.0 total blocks on the strength of five block solos and 36 block assists … Senior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) has 165 digs for the 2011 campaign and is averaging 4.23 digs per set ... The Bulldogs are on a current 10-match win streak when playing at home and have won six in a row overall to date.

*GLIAC Standing/Schedule: Fans can view the complete 2011 GLIAC Standings for both the North and South Divisions at this link – GLIAC STANDINGS LINK. The composite 2011 conference women's volleyball schedule can be accessed at this link – GLIAC SCHEDULE

*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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