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BAY CITY, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball program received plenty of recognition for a memorable campaign to date as the 2011 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Awards were presented in conjunction with the conference volleyball tournament semifinals on Saturday (Nov. 12) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids.
FSU freshman middle hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage, Mich./Central) was tabbed as the league's "Freshman of the Year" while Ferris State senior Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville, Mich.) earned "Libero of the Year" honors. FSU's Tia Brandel-Wilhelm was named "Coach of the Year" by her peers.
Hillsdale College senior outside hitter Ashlee Crowder (Jenison, Mich.) was named the 2011 GLIAC Volleyball "Player of the Year" in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
Rehm has had an impressive rookie campaign with the nationally-ranked Bulldogs. She wrapped up the regular-season ranked third in blocks among the GLIAC leaders and has recorded a team-high 93 total blocks this season with 17 solo and 76 assists. She's also notched 192 kills and ranks fourth among the team leaders with 2.06 kills per set. Rehm also is hitting a squad second-best .337 on the year.
Tobiczyk became the program's all-time career digs leader this season. The senior captain leads the GLIAC with 447 digs this campaign heading into the conference semifinals and has totaled 1,704 career digs in her four years with the Bulldogs. She had at least 10 digs in 25 matches this season, including 20 or more eight times overall and five of her last seven matches. Tobiczyk recorded the second-highest single match digs total in school history with 37 this season and is listed among the national leaders in the digs category (4.81 per set). She's both a three-time All-GLIAC and GLIAC All-Academic Team selection.
Brandel-Wilhelm became the school's all-time winningest coach by notching her 331st victory with the Bulldogs by virtue of FSU's GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal win over Wayne State. The 16th-year head coach guided FSU to its 14th consecutive winning campaign this season and the school's first conference regular-season crown since the GLIAC split into divisional play. Under Brandel-Wilhelm's tutelage, the Bulldogs have posted an impressive 25-2 mark to date and were 18-1 in conference regular-season play. FSU also earned its highest national ranking in 20 years by moving up to 11th nationally this season along with second in the Midwest Region.
In addition to winning three of the four major postseason awards, the Bulldogs also had six players earn all-conference recognition. Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood), junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) and junior middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) were first team All-GLIAC honorees.
Both Tobiczyk and Rehm garnered All-GLIAC Second Team laurels and junior outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) attained GLIAC Honorable Mention accolades.
Ferris State will host Hillsdale in a battle of nationally-ranked teams in Sunday's (Nov. 13) GLIAC Tournament Championship Match at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena. The matchup between the eighth-ranked Chargers and 12th-ranked Bulldogs starts at 2 p.m. (ET).