Five Bulldog Players Claim All-GLIAC Recognition
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BAY CITY, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball program had five players receive recognition as the 2012 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Awards were presented in conjunction with the conference volleyball tournament this past weekend in Midland.
Bulldog junior libero Brandie Merren (Hopkins) was chosen as the league's "Libero of the Year" for the Bulldogs.
Additionally, the Bulldogs had two first team All-GLIAC honorees in senior setter Samantha Fordyce (Hopkins) and senior middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview).
Merren was joined on the All-GLIAC Second Team by sophomore outside hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) with senior outside hitter Aly Brecht (Alma) claiming honorable mention All-GLIAC laurels for the second-straight year in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
Merren made the most of her first season as the squad's libero as she has compiled a team-leading 488 digs (4.44 avg.) to date. Her efforts helped the Bulldogs post a current 23-7 overall record and finish as the league runner-up this season.
Merren took over for 2011 GLIAC "Libero of the Year" Lisa Tobiczyk and has recorded only 28 reception errors in 533 attempts (.947) in 110 sets. This season, she's also posted the school's second-most assists (74) and is third on the team in service aces (26).
Meanwhile, Fordyce moved into third place this year on the school's all-time assists leaders list with more than 4,500 in her career and was among the conference leaders with 1,081 total to date this campaign. She claimed All-GLIAC First Team honors for the second consecutive year following an honorable mention all-region effort a season ago. She also ranks second for FSU in aces (36) and third in digs (261).
Sutton, who was an Academic All-American a year ago, ranks among the nation's top 10 players with a .398 attack percentage and leads the Bulldogs in kills (317) and blocks (81). She also earned All-GLIAC First Team honors for the second consecutive campaign and finished first in the league in attack percentage along with ranking among the leaders in both kills and blocks.
Rehm claimed second team recognition for the second-straight year in her first season moving to an outside hitter role. She's second on the team in kills (257) and digs (322) top date while leading the squad in service aces (37).
Finally, Brecht has started all 30 matches and ranks third in total kills (254) and digs (260) for the Bulldogs. She has played in all 110 sets to date and is a two-time All-GLIAC selection.
Ferris State has received a second-straight NCAA Tournament berth and will take part in the Midwest Regional Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs will be the number five seed and face fourth-seeded Lewis (Ill.) in the regional quarterfinals on Nov. 29 at a time to be announced.