Brittny Godlewski
Senior libero Brittny Godlewski was named FSU's 2005 MVP
The Ferris State University women's volleyball team held its 2005 postseason awards banquet Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris State recorded the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign this year and the 2005 season marked the 25th-straight year the Bulldogs have reached double-figures in victories. Ferris also advanced to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament for the eighth year in a row this campaign while the squad's 22-10 mark represented the school's seventh 20-win season in the last eight years to date.

Senior libero Brittny Godlewski (St. Clair Township/Marysville) was named the squad’s Most Valuable Player Award recipient. The 5-7 Godlewski concluded her career with 1,419 career digs and ranks second all-time in school history. She was only 50 shy of matching Janna Biggs’ (1985-88) school-record total of 1,469 digs. Godlewski attained All-GLIAC Second Team recognition for the second consecutive year this campaign after becoming the first libero position player in league history to receive either first or second-team GLIAC kudos in 2004. The two-time GLIAC All-Academic Team pick totaled a team and personal career-high 449 digs this campaign and recorded 23 double-figure dig outings. Godlewski also received second-team Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region laurels for the third consecutive campaign.

Senior middle hitter Lauren Heine (Ypsilanti) and junior outside hitter Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale) were named co-recipients of the team’s Bulldog Award, which is annually presented for displaying the heart and desire of a Bulldog. Heine compiled a personal career-high 319 kills, 48 digs and 32 service aces in her final season. She also totaled 100 total blocks and ranked second among the squad's overall leaders in blocks, kills and aces. The 2004 GLIAC All-Tournament Team honoree finished her career with 748 kills, 374 blocks, 139 digs and 84 service aces. Heine tallied honorable mention All-GLIAC laurels and was named to the Findlay TownPlace Suites Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 9-10) this campaign.

The 5-7 Palazzolo started 15 of the squad's 32 outings this season while playing in 108 of the team's 113 games. She netted both the third-most digs and aces on the squad with 272 digs and 31 aces, respectively. Palazzolo also recorded 28 kills, 23 assists and nine total blocks.

The Coaches Award was given to freshman outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs), who appeared in 11 matches and registered 11 kills in 16 games. Edwards was one of seven freshmen listed on FSU's 2005 roster.

Tenth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm also honored and gave Senior Awards to the squad’s senior class, which included Godlewski, Heine, senior middle hitter Becky Thurau (Troy/Birmingham Groves), setter Emily Clouse (Tiffin, Ohio/Bascom Hopewell-Loudon) and outside hitter Sarah Miller (Bay City/John Glenn). Thurau had 151 kills and 82 blocks in her final season while Clouse compiled a team-leading 851 assists. Miller played in only five matches before her senior season was cut short due to injury.

Ferris State made the school's 13th overall NCAA Division II Tournament appearance this season where the Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional quarterfinals (Nov. 17) in Grand Valley State's Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale, Mich.

Fourteen of FSU’s 19 squad members from the 2005 campaign are eligible to return next season.

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