November 24, 2013

Four Bulldogs Named All-GLIAC; Merren Tabbed As "Libero Of The Year"

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BAY CITY, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball program had four players receive recognition as the 2013 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Awards were presented in conjunction with the conference volleyball tournament this past weekend in Allendale.

Bulldog senior libero Brandie Merren (Hopkins) was chosen as the league's "Libero of the Year" for the Bulldogs for the second consecutive campaign.  

Additionally, the Bulldogs had two first team All-GLIAC honorees in Merren and sophomore outside hitter Alexis Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood).

Junior outside hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) earned second-team laurels for the second-straight year with senior middle hitter Angi Kent (Lansing/Waverly) claiming honorable mention All-GLIAC laurels in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.

Merren leads the Bulldogs with 503 digs to date this campaign. The returning all-region honoree and two-time all-conference pick became the 14th player in school history earlier this season to notch 1,000 career digs. A three-year letterwinner, she's averaged 4.75 digs while helping lead the Bulldogs to a potential NCAA Division II Tournament berth and top 25 national ranking this campaign. 

This season, Merren's played in all 106 sets and has tallied 10 digs or more in 26 matches with 11 performances featuring 20 or more digs. She's also added a team second-best 26 service aces and ranked near the top of the conference leaderboard in total digs this season. Her performance helped the Bulldogs tie for second place overall in the GLIAC regular-season standings this year.

Meanwhile, Huntey has played in nearly every set for the Bulldogs this season and posted 10 or more kills in 19 matches. She's also totaled 10 digs or more 14 times and ranks among the GLIAC leaders in both kills and points this year. Her 331 kills and 31 aces both rank as team season-bests. The sophomore outside hitter is midst her first season at Ferris State after transferring from NCAA Division I George Washington.

Rehm also made the All-GLIAC list as an outside hitter and plays a versatile role in the Bulldog lineup. She's among the team's top performers in nearly every statistical category with 287 kills, 244 digs, 38 blocks and 23 service aces. Previously, she was honored as the GLIAC Freshman of the Year two seasons ago and also attained GLIAC Player of the Week recognition in 2013.

Finally, Kent has made the most of her senior campaign as the four-year letterwinner is among the conference's top performers in both attack percentage and blocks. She is hitting a team-leading .310 on the season with 213 kills in 102 sets. Her 71 total blocks also are second on the team.

Ferris State is awaiting word on a potential third-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The official announcement will be made Monday evening by the NCAA online at www.ncaa.com.

The Bulldogs are currently 22-8 overall this year and were ranked second in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings prior to the GLIAC Tournament. The top eight teams receive NCAA bids.

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