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Big Rapids, Mich. - Four members of the Ferris State University women's volleyball squad have been tabbed among the top 14 players in the region as the 2011 Daktronics Division II All-Midwest Region Teams were announced on Wednesday (Nov. 16).
Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) along with senior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) were both among seven players named to the all-region first team while both junior middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) and junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) claimed all-region second team laurels.
The Daktronics All-Region Teams were chosen by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from across the region.
A 5-10 outside hitter, Huntey currently leads the Bulldogs in both kills (380) and total points (443) this season. The All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team pick ranks second in kills and third in points among the conference leaders while ranking in the top 40 nationally in both categories. Recently, Huntey became only the seventh player in school history to notch both 1,000 career kills and digs this campaign. She's also earned GLIAC Player of the Week honors four times this year and has totaled 10 kills or more in 24 matches. Huntey is a two-time All-GLIAC honoree and a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection.
Tobiczyk became the program's all-time career digs leader this season. The senior captain leads the GLIAC with 472 digs this campaign heading into this week's action and has totaled 1,729 career digs in her four years with the Bulldogs. She had at least 10 digs in 27 matches this season, including 20 or more eight times overall and five of her last nine 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 (4.77 per set). She's both a three-time All-GLIAC and GLIAC All-Academic Team selection.
Sutton is having her best season to date as she ranks second on the squad with 313 kills and holds a team-best .357 attack percentage in 29 matches. She's also second overall with 71 blocks on the year. She's currently fifth in attack percentage and eighth in kills in the conference. Sutton is also a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree and has twice earned D2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award laurels. She also earned All-GLIAC First Team honors this season for her performance.
Finally, Fordyce presently leads the GLIAC with 1,117 assists this campaign and is averaging 11.28 assists per set. She's also contributed 203 digs and 52 total blocks while starting all 29 matches and playing in all 99 sets. A two-time All-GLIAC honoree, Fordyce was a first team all-conference pick this season and has earned GLIAC All-Academic Team honors three times in her collegiate career. The two-time D2 Athletic Directors Association Achievement Award recipient presently ranks fourth on FSU's all-time chart with 3,454 assists to date.
The quartet has helped lead FSU to a 26-3 overall record to date and a number 11 national ranking. The Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division crown this season and emerged as league co-champions.
FSU has earned a NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament berth and will face Saginaw Valley State on Friday (Nov. 18) in a 2:30 p.m. (ET) regional quarterfinal at Jesse Philips Arena in Hillsdale, Mich. The match will be broadcast live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play coverage starting with the pregame show one-half hour prior to match time.
The all-region team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with the online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.