Bulldogs' Fordyce Named To All-Tourney Team
Big Rapids, Mich. - Junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) of the Ferris State University women's volleyball team was named to the 2011 Mizuno Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Crossover All-Tournament Team for her efforts this past weekend (Oct. 14-15).
Fordyce was the only GLIAC North Division player to make the All-Tourney Team at the 32-team tournament, which was held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill. In Ferris State's three matches, Fordyce tallied 159 assists and averaged 12.2 helpers per set. She also served up six serve aces on the weekend. Defensively, Fordyce accounted for four blocks, including one block solo and three block assists.
The Bulldogs went 2-1 in the weekend tournament against their GLVC opponenets with the lone loss coming against nationally-ranked Northern Kentucky in five sets on Friday evening.
The two-day crossover tournament featured 48 matches conducted on eight courts at one of the top volleyball facilities in the country. The event, designed to increase intra-conference competition between teams from the two leagues in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, is the nation's largest collegiate volleyball tournament.
Ferris State, which is ranked 13th nationally this week, will return home for two GLIAC encounters this weekend inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs will host Michigan Tech on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. (ET) before facing Northern Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 23, also at 2 p.m. (ET).
Sunday's match versus NMU represents the Bulldogs' final regular-season home tilt. The Wildcats, along with Northern Kentucky, are the only schools to hand FSU a loss this season as the Bulldogs enter the weekend homestand with a 17-2 overall record and a 11-1 GLIAC mark.
Below is the complete All-Tournament Team:
Erin Bekebrede - Missouri S&T
Katie Dagmar - William Jewell
Kristina Kerrigan - Indianapolis
Maggie McGovern - Rockhurst
Danielle Mount - Lewis
Jenna Schreiver - Northern Kentucky
Kristen Bulkiewicz - Wayne State
Ashlee Crowder - Hillsdale
Samantha Fordyce - Ferris State
Lindsey Graciak - Wayne State
Carla Leutheuser - Hillsdale
Mackenzie Vorst - Findlay