November 29, 2011

Huntey & Tobiczyk Earn All-America Honors!

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Big Rapids, Mich. - A pair of Ferris State University women's volleyball players have earned All-America recognition after leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semifinals and a league championship this campaign.

Senior outside hitter Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) officially joined an elite group of student-athletes in the storied history of the Bulldog women's volleyball program as she earned her first American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honor by garnering third-team recognition.

Additionally, senior libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) recieved AVCA Honorable Mention All-America laurels in an announcment made late Monday (Nov. 28) by the AVCA. 

The duo previously were named to the AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team and the Bulldogs also had a pair of all-region honorable mention picks in junior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) and junior middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview).

A first, second, third, and honorable mention squads comprised the 31st annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division II women's volleyball.

With their selections, Huntey and Tobiczyk become the 12th and 13th individuals to receive All-America laurels in FSU history.  It also marks the second-straight year in which FSU has had at least one All-America player as the last Bulldog to earn such a lofty honor was Arielle Goodson, who claimed All-America Second-Team kudos in the 2010 campaign.

A three-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honoree, Huntey received GLIAC Player of the Week accolades four times this season and became only the seventh player in FSU history to notch both 1,000 career kills and digs.  The team captain led the GLIAC in points (472) and ranked second in kills (404).  A three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection, Huntey totaled 10 or more kills in 25 matches this campaign.  Previously, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team and also received Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team honors.

Meanwhile, Tobiczyk paced the GLIAC in digs (513) this season en route to earning GLIAC Libero of the Year honors.  The three-time all-conference honoree also became the school's all-time leader in career digs and posted the second-highest single match digs total (37) in school history.  The team captain had at least 10 digs in 29 matches and totaled 20 or more digs nine times this year.  She also received GLIAC All-Academic Team honors for the third-straight year and was tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team along with the Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team.

Ferris State turned in its 14th consecutive winning season this fall as the Bulldogs went 27-4 overall with a first place 18-1 record in the GLIAC's North Division.  FSU also made its 14th-straight appearance in the GLIAC Tournament this campaign and advanced to the tourney's championship match while hosting the semifinals/finals. 

FSU also made its 16th all-time NCAA Division II Tournament appearance this year, which was the program's first since the 2009 campaign.  The Bulldogs were ranked as high as 11th nationally and finished as league co-champions along with South Division leader Hillsdale.

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