Weekly Release #8: Three Road Matches This Week For Ferris State

October 11, 2005

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    FSU Volleyball FSU Volleyball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women’s volleyball team continues a five-match road stretch Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a 7 p.m. (EDT) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) showdown at archrival Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich. FSU will then battle Hillsdale Friday, Oct. 14, in a 7 p.m. (EDT) conference match in Hillsdale, Mich. The Bulldogs also visit Wayne State Saturday, Oct. 14, for a 4 p.m. (EDT) GLIAC tilt in Detroit, Mich.

    FSU Wins Two Of Three: Ferris swept two league road encounters last weekend (Oct. 7-8). FSU defeated Mercyhurst 3-0 Friday (Oct. 7) and then recorded a 3-0 triumph over Gannon Saturday (Oct. 8) in Erie, Pa. FSU has won 10 of its last 13 outings to date this campaign.

    Last Season: Ferris State claimed its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004 after winning the league’s annual postseason tournament for the first time ever. FSU concluded the 2004 campaign with a 25-7 overall record and a second place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 12th time in school history.

    The 33rd Season: The 2004 campaign marks the 33rd season of FSU women’s volleyball. Since the program’s inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have compiled a 708-402 (.638) overall record. Ferris has won nine GLIAC titles, made 12 NCAA-II Tournament appearances and registered 25 winning seasons in its previous 31 campaigns. The Bulldogs notched the program’s 700th all-time victory this year with a win over Bellarmine (Sept. 9).

    GLIAC Preseason Poll: FSU was picked to finish fourth in the 2005 GLIAC Volleyball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll as announced by the league office. The Bulldogs totaled 26 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's head coaches. A year ago, Ferris also took fourth place in the preseason coaches poll with 26 points. Grand Valley State was the favorite to repeat as regular-season divisional champion as the Lakers recorded 31 points along with three first-place votes. Findlay, which tied for second place in the South Division last campaign, received 23 points and three first-place votes in being selected this year’s favorite. Northwood and Northern Michigan were chosen second and third, respectively, in the North Division poll.

    FSU Ranked 20th: The Bulldogs are currently ranked 20th overall in the latest (Oct. 10) 2005 CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll announced by the AVCA. FSU registered 183 total points in the balloting process after being ranked 20th with 149 points last week. Ferris concluded the 2004 campaign ranked 20th in the AVCA's final regular-season poll. In addition to FSU, the only other GLIAC school featured in the current poll is 15th-ranked Grand Valley State. Northwood is included in the teams receiving votes category. Ferris was ranked 17th in the organization’s 2005 preseason national poll and ranked as high as 13th earlier this season (Sept. 6).

    The Head Coach: FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm presently ranks second among Ferris’ all-time coaching victory leaders. Brandel-Wilhelm, who has a current 324-121 (.728) career mark, is 206-101 (.671) in her 10th season at Ferris. A 1990 Alma graduate, Brandel-Wilhelm guided the Bulldogs to NCAA-II Tournament appearances in 1999, 2002 and 2004. Brandel-Wilhelm was voted the GLIAC’s Coach of the Year in 2002. She registered her 200th win at the Bulldog helm with a victory Sept. 10 over Edinboro (Pa.) at the Findlay (Ohio) TownPlace Suites Classic.

    On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all of FSU’s varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more. The squad’s 2005 yearbook can also be found at the site.

    Live Stats: “Live Stats” of all remaining 2005 Ferris home matches will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit www.ferris.edu/sports and click on the “Live Stats” icon to access the “Live Stats” feature.

    Great Stretch: Ferris has won 20 or more matches six times under 10th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 173-64 (.730) over the past seven years and have reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament three times in that span. FSU has advanced to the GLIAC Tournament seven consecutive years to date.

    Tough At Home: The Bulldogs have compiled a 237-62 (.793) record to date in 24 seasons of competition at Ewigleben Sports Arena since moving from the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Building in 1981. Ferris, which has compiled six undefeated home seasons in the facility, registered a 12-3 mark at home in 2004. Overall, Ferris is 90-22 (.804) in home matches under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

    Hitting The Road: Ferris State is 620-291 (.681) overall since 1981 and sports a 401-232 (.633) record in road/neutral site matches during that span. The Bulldogs are currently 5-2 in neutral site matches this season after posting a 5-2 neutral site mark last campaign.

    Ferris State Trends: Thirteen of Ferris State's 21 matches this season have been decided in only three games. Four matches have went the entire five games while four have went four frames .......... FSU is 16-1 when registering more kills than its opponent this season ........... Ferris is 6-3 in Friday matches and 8-2 in Saturday encounters to date this campaign ......... The Bulldogs have had more blocks than their opponent in 16 of 21 matches this year ..... Eight of Ferris’ last 12 matches this season have been decided in only three games ...... Ferris has posted a lower hitting percentage than its opponent in each of its five losses this season. FSU has dropped both of the first two games in all five losses, but is 16-0 when either splitting or sweeping the initial two frames.

    Bulldog Captains: Senior setter Emily Clouse (Tiffin, Ohio/Bascom Hopewell-Loudon), senior libero Brittny Godlewski (St. Clair Township/Marysville) and junior outside hitter Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) were named tri-captains for the 2005 campaign. Baucher had 416 digs and added 340 kills last season. Clouse totaled 572 assists and 220 digs while Godlewski chipped in 396 digs.

    The FSU Roster: Ferris’ 2005 active roster includes five seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen. Eight of the 19 players are outside hitters, seven are middle hitters, and four others fill the squad’s setter, defensive specialist and libero roles. Emily Clouse (Ohio) is the only squad member not from the state of Michigan. The Bulldogs' current roster is the program's second-largest in school history behind last season's roster of 20 players.

    Coming Back Home: Following this weekend’s trip to Hillsdale and Wayne State, the Bulldogs will return home Friday, Oct. 21, to host Saginaw Valley State for a 7 p.m. (EDT) GLIAC battle in FSU’s Ewigleben Sports Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris then will square off against Northwood Saturday, Oct. 22, in a 4 p.m. (EDT) league home encounter.

    Bulldog Quick Notes: Ferris has won 28 of its last 35 outings dating back to last campaign ..... Brittny Godlewski currently has 1,283 career digs and is 21 digs away from tying Stephanie Chaffin (1,304; 1989-92) for fourth place in Bulldog history ............... Senior middle hitter Lauren Heine (Ypsilanti) has tallied 10 or more kills in eight of her last 11 appearances this season .......... Junior middle hitter Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) currently needs two kills to record her 500th career kill ........... This season marks the 25th-straight year the Bulldogs have registered double-figure wins. The last time FSU failed to record at least 10 victories was in 1980 (5-21) ........ The Bulldogs have compiled a 70-12 (.854) overall record in three-game matches since the start of the 2000 campaign ....... Ferris improved to 12-1 all-time versus Mercyhurst with Friday’s win in Erie. FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm presently holds an 11-1 career coaching mark against the Lakers.

    Winning Against The South: FSU has currently won 13 of its last 15 regular-season outings versus GLIAC South Division opponents dating back to the 2003 season. Ferris posted a 6-0 record against South Division foes last season.

    Baucher Joins Exclusive Club: FSU’s Danielle Baucher became the 11th player in school history to join the 1,000 career digs club as she compiled a match-high 17 digs at Mercyhurst. She has posted at least 10 kills and 10 digs in nine of her last 10 matches. Baucher has 1,029 career digs to date and is 25 away from matching Sarah VanderMolen’s (1997-00) 10th-place school mark of 1,054 digs.

    A Look At The Opponents:

    Grand Valley State: Ferris and Grand Valley State have met 83 times before with GVSU holding a 44-39 series advantage. In the last meeting (11/14/04), the Bulldogs registered a 3-0 triumph in the 2004 GLIAC Tournament Championship match at GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich. FSU has won the last two meetings as the Bulldogs also recorded a 3-1 regular-season triumph last year (10/21) at GVSU. Ferris head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm currently has a 7-12 career coaching record against Grand Valley State. GVSU, which has won nine of the last 14 series contests, holds a 28-25 all-time record versus FSU in Allendale, Mich. Grand Valley State compiled a 27-7 overall record in 2004, including a first-place 16-2 GLIAC North Division finish and a berth in the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament. The Lakers, who are coached by 11th-year head coach Deanne Scanlon, improved to 16-4 overall and 8-1 in GLIAC action this season as a result of a 3-0 lead road win at Mercyhurst last Saturday (Oct. 8). GVSU, which has won its last six outings to date this season, was picked to finish first in the 2005 GLIAC North Division Preseason Poll.

    Hillsdale: FSU maintains a 45-9 series edge heading into this Friday’s 55th series meeting against Hillsdale. The Bulldogs have won four of the last six series outings, including a 3-0 victory in the last meeting (10/16/04) at Big Rapids, Mich. FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has a current 11-2 career coaching mark against the Chargers. HC is presently 14-7 overall and 7-3 in league action this season after dropping a 3-0 conference decision at Michigan Tech Sunday (Oct. 9). Last season, Hillsdale posted a 19-0 overall record and a second-place tying 11-6 mark in the GLIAC’s South Division. The Chargers, who have currently won six of their last eight outings this campaign, are directed by 10th-year head coach Chris Gravel. Ferris is presently 24-8 versus HC all-time in road/neutral site contests.

    Wayne State: Ferris and Wayne State will square off for the 67th time this Saturday with FSU holding a 39-27 series advantage. In the last meeting (10/15/04), the Bulldogs recorded a 3-0 win at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm currently has a 7-3 career coaching record against Wayne State. FSU, which has won the last seven series contests to date, holds a 21-21 mark against the Warriors in road/neutral site meetings. WSU compiled an 11-14 overall record in 2004, including a fourth-place 6-11 GLIAC South Division finish. The Warriors, under second-year head coach Ernie Gilbert, improved to 13-4 overall and 5-4 in league play this season as a result of a 3-1 conference road win over Lake Superior State Sunday (Oct. 9). WSU has won its last two matches this campaign to date and will host Grand Valley State Friday (Oct. 14).

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