Weekly Release #13: FSU Headed To NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional

November 6, 2006

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    FSU Volleyball At A Glance: Ferris State women�s volleyball team received its 14th all-time NCAA Division II National Tournament bid in an announcement made Sunday (Nov. 5). The Bulldogs are the region�s fourth seed and will square off against fifth-seeded and nationally-ranked Ashland in Thursday�s (Nov. 9) NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Quarterfinals. The match is set for a 5 p.m. (EST) start in Hillsdale College�s Jesse Philips Arena at Hillsdale, Mich. HC claimed the top seed and will serve as the tournament host.

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    The Ferris State senior tandem of Danielle Baucher (left) and Karla White (right), shown here competing in last weekend's GLIAC Tournament Semifinals, lead the Bulldog women's volleyball team into this week's NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament at Hillsdale's Jesse Philips Arena
    (Photo by Hillsdale's Mark Rogers).
    GLIAC Tourney Recap: Ferris dropped a 3-0 decision to archrival Grand Valley State in the semifinal round of the 2006 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament last Friday (Nov. 3) in Hillsdale, Mich. FSU is currently 21-8 overall and posted a second-place 12-6 mark in league play this campaign. Ashland claimed the GLIAC Tournament Championship by beating host Hillsdale 3-0 in Friday�s semifinals and then topping GVSU 3-1 in Saturday�s (Nov. 4) title match at Hillsdale.

    Regional Coverage: No broadcast or internet radio/statistical coverage is currently slated to be available for the regional tournament. Complete statistics and results will be posted following each match on Hillsdale�s Athletics website at www.hillsdale.edu/chargers. Click on the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Homepage icon.

    Ticket Information: Tickets for the 2006 NCAA Great Lakes Regional will be on sale at the doors of Jesse Philips Arena, beginning at 11 a.m. (EST) on Thursday. Pricing for the entire Thursday session is $10. Prices for individual matches are set at $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students with a valid ID and $2 for children 10 and under. More information can be obtained by calling the Hillsdale Athletics Office at (517) 437-7364. Parking will be $2 in lots near the facility.

    The Regional Field: FSU is seeded fourth overall in the field while AU is seeded fifth. Thursday's other quarterfinal round matches include third-seeded Southern Illinois-Edwardsville against sixth-seeded Michigan Tech at 12 p.m. (EST), second-seeded Grand Valley State facing seventh-seeded Lewis (Ill.) in a 2:30 p.m. (EST) match and top-seeded Hillsdale hosting eighth-seeded West Virginia State beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EST). The tourney semifinals will be held Friday (Nov. 10) at 5 p.m. (EST) and 7:30 p.m. (EST), respectively, with the regional final set for Saturday (Nov. 11) at 4 p.m. (EST).

    FSU Wins Quarterfinal: Ferris State advanced to the GLIAC Tourney Semifinals with a convincing 3-0 triumph over visiting Michigan Tech last Tuesday (Oct. 31) inside FSU�s Ewigleben Sports Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs took the match by scores of 30-24, 31-29 and 30-22. The victory was Ferris� third over the Huskies this campaign.

    Regional Notebook: FSU will be making its 14th all-time NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance and third consecutive bid ........ The Bulldogs also played in the NCAA-II Tournament from 1982-87, 1989-90, 1992, 1999, 2002 and 2004-05 ....... Ferris, which has posted a 7-14 overall mark in NCAA Tournament play to date, has advanced to the regional final seven times ........ The Bulldogs claimed the regional championship and participated in the NCAA-II Elite Eight in both 1987 and 1989 ........ In its last regional tournament contest (11/17/05), Ferris dropped a 3-0 quarterfinal round decision versus Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Allendale, Mich. ........ This will be FSU�s fifth regional appearance under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who�s 0-4 in four previous tournament matches.

    More Regional Notes: The winner of Saturday's regional championship match will advance to the 26th annual NCAA-II Elite Eight set to be held Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18, in Pensacola, Fla. ............ Hillsdale was selected as the region�s host site by the national committee ..... Three automatic and five at-large bids were awarded in the region, which consists of the GLIAC, GLVC and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences (WVIAC) .......... Grand Valley State previously hosted the regional tournament in each of FSU�s last three appearances (2002, 2004, 2005) ........ Ferris has dropped its opening match in each of its last four NCAA Tournament berths ........ Five GLIAC schools received 2006 NCAA-II Tournament bids while the GLVC had two schools and the WVIAC had one school picked.

    GLIAC Tourney Notes: FSU made its ninth consecutive conference tournament appearance this season .......... In nine all-time GLIAC tournament appearances, Ferris has posted a 10-8 overall mark to date following last Friday�s loss to GVSU.

    Last Season: Ferris State advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the 13th time in school history during the 2005 campaign after previously claiming its ninth GLIAC Championship in 2004 by winning the league�s annual postseason tournament for the first time ever. FSU posted a 22-10 overall mark last season along with a third-place tying 12-6 mark in GLIAC North Division action. Ferris compiled the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign in 2005 and made its eighth-straight league tourney appearance a year ago.

    The 34th Season: The 2006 campaign represents Ferris State�s 34th season of women�s volleyball. The Bulldogs own an all-time mark of 735-415 (.639) to date. Since the program�s inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have won nine GLIAC titles, made 14 NCAA-II Tournament appearances and registered 26 winning seasons.

    GLIAC Preseason Poll: FSU was picked to finish third in the 2006 GLIAC Volleyball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll, which was released by the league office. The Bulldogs totaled 26 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference�s head coaches. Defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State was the favorite to repeat as regular-season divisional champions as the Lakers recorded 36 points along with six first-place votes. Hillsdale received 23 points and four first-place votes in being selected this year's South Division favorite.

    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 351-134 (.724) career mark, is 233-114 (.671) in her 11th season at Ferris. A 1990 Alma graduate, Brandel-Wilhelm guided the Bulldogs to NCAA-II Tournament appearances in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Brandel-Wilhelm was voted GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2002. She registered her 225th Bulldog win this season (9/24) at Michigan Tech.

    Keep On Going: Ferris has won 20 or more matches eight times under 11th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 200-77 (.722) over the past nine years and have reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament five times in that span.

    Bulldog Captains: Senior outside hitter Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan), senior middle hitter Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) and junior outside hitter Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale) are serving as tri-captains for the 2006 campaign. Baucher has compiled a team-high 482 kills along with 364 digs this season. White presently has netted a team-best 124 blocks and has 348 kills while Palazzolo leads the squad in digs (434) to date.

    Great Season Indeed: Ferris' current 21-8 overall record this season represents the school's eighth 20-win campaign in the last nine seasons to date ......... The Bulldogs, who have recorded at least 20 victories in a season 19 times, have won at least 10 matches in each of their last 26 campaigns dating back to 1981. The last time FSU failed to record at least 10 victories was in 1980 (5-21) ..... The 1984 FSU squad won a NCAA-II record 46 consecutive matches en route to a school-best 48-3 overall mark ....... Ferris� 9-1 overall start this year through 10 outings represented the school�s best season opening performance since beginning the 2000 campaign with a school-record 10 consecutive wins.

    The FSU Roster: Ferris� 2006 active roster includes two seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and six freshmen. Seven of the 15 players are outside hitters, four are middle hitters, and four others fill the squad�s setter, defensive specialist and libero roles. All 15 squad members are from the state of Michigan.

    National Rankings: The Bulldogs are not ranked in this week�s (Nov. 6) CSTV/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll announced by the AVCA. FSU, which was ranked 25th in the initial (Sept. 5) regular-season poll this year, was listed among other schools receiving votes with three points in this week�s poll. Hillsdale was listed sixth nationally in this week�s poll with Grand Valley State ranked seventh overall. Regional qualifier SIU-Edwardsville was 14th overall in this week�s poll with Ashland ranked 24th nationally.

    School Record Holder: Ferris� Danielle Baucher currently has a school-record 1,545 career digs to date along with 1,480 kills, which presently ranks sixth on the school�s career kills leaders list. Baucher, who ranks as Ferris' overall kills (4.46 kpg) leader this season along with second in digs (3.37 dpg), became the 14th player in school history to notch 1,000 career kills and only the sixth Bulldog player ever to record both 1,000 career kills and digs in Ferris� season-opening home win over St. Joseph�s (Aug. 24). She�s five service aces away from matching Kathy O�Connor�s (1990-93) fifth-place career mark of 171 aces at FSU.

    Bulldog Bites: Five of Ferris� eight losses this season have came in five games. FSU has not lost to a team holding a losing record prior to the match this campaign (11-0) ........ The Bulldogs were listed ninth nationally in aces per game (2.86) according to the latest (Oct. 30) NCAA-II National Statistical Rankings ........ The Bulldogs have recorded a 10-0 mark to date this season when holding their opponent to a hitting percentage under .100 for the match ....... Ferris has compiled a 86-17 (.835) overall record in three-game matches since the start of the 2000 campaign.

    All-GLIAC Honorees: Ferris had four players named to the All-GLIAC teams this season, which were announced in conjunction with the league tournament last Friday (Nov. 3) at Hillsdale. Danielle Baucher and Karla White both received first-team all-conference kudos for the second consecutive campaign. Junior outside hitter Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) was named to the second-team while Jamie Palazzolo was an honorable mention selection. The league's 13 head coaches took part in the all-conference voting. Twelve individuals were named to both the first and second-team squads with 13 others attaining honorable mention recognition.

    All-Region Selection: FSU�s Danielle Baucher was one of seven players named to the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region First Team squad announced Monday (Nov. 6). The team was picked by the sports information director�s throughout the region. Last season, Baucher was a 2005 Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region Second Team pick.

    This Is Our House: The Bulldogs have compiled a 252-66 (.792) record to date in 25 seasons of competition at Ewigleben Sports Arena since moving from the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Building in 1981. Ferris has compiled six undefeated home seasons in the facility. FSU is 105-26 (.802) in home matches under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

    Hitting The Road: Ferris State is 647-304 (.680) overall since 1981 and sports a 413-241 (.631) record in road/neutral site matches during that span. The Bulldogs were 6-5 in road matches last campaign and posted a 5-3 record in neutral site encounters. Presently, Ferris holds a 6-3 road record and is 3-1 in neutral site matchups this season.

    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. FSU�s 2006 yearbook can be found at the site.

    A Look At Thursday's Match:

    Ferris State vs. Ashland: The Bulldogs own a 12-2 series advantage and recorded a 3-1 league road victory earlier this year (9/15/06) at Ashland, Ohio. The Bulldogs, who have won nine of the past 10 meetings, are currently 10-2 against the Eagles in the Tia Brandel-Wilhelm era and 7-1 all-time in road/neutral site matchups versus AU. The two teams have never faced each other before in NCAA Tournament play. The only postseason meeting between the two schools came in the 2004 GLIAC Tourney Semifinals (11/13) when FSU recorded a 3-1 triumph at Allendale, Mich.

    About The Eagles: The Eagles, who are coached by fourth-year head coach Connie Surowicz, are currently 20-9 overall this season after winning the 2006 GLIAC Tournament Championship with a 3-1 win over Grand Valley State in last Saturday�s (Nov. 4) title match at Hillsdale, Mich. Ashland previously defeated top-seeded Hillsdale 3-0 in Friday�s (Nov. 3) league tourney semifinals. AU posted a third-place 11-6 GLIAC South Division finish this year. Ashland has claimed five of its last seven outings to date this season heading into Thursday�s match. AU was picked to finish second in the 2006 GLIAC South Division Preseason Coaches Poll. AU tallied a 23-10 overall record and a first-place 13-4 GLIAC South Division mark in 2005. Junior outside hitter Mary Kate Glowe leads the Eagles with 521 kills and 407 total digs this season.

    The Last Meeting: Ferris registered a 3-1 regular-season win at Ashland this season. AU won game one 30-21 before the Bulldogs responded to win three-straight games by counts of 30-28, 30-24 and 30-26. Danielle Baucher tallied 21 kills and 20 digs for FSU while Mary Kate Glowe netted 26 kills for the Eagles.

    A Look At The Rest Of The Regional Field:

    Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars: Ferris and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville have squared off seven times before with the Cougars owning a 4-3 all-time series� advantage. In the last meeting (11/17/05), the Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision to the Cougars in the 2005 NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional at Allendale, Mich. SIUE had won 10-straight matches this season prior to a 3-2 home setback versus Lewis (Ill.) in the 2006 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament Championship last Saturday (Nov. 4) at Edwardsville, Ill. The Cougars captured the 2005 GLVC Tournament Championship, which was their first league title in school history. This will be SIUE�s third NCAA Tournament appearance as they also participated in the regional field in 1998 and 2005. SIUE, which is guided by sixth-year head coach Todd Gober, presently holds a 27-5 overall record this season after finishing league play unbeaten with a perfect 16-0 conference regular-season mark. Junior outside hitter Kim Potthast has posted a team-high 311 kills and 115 total blocks to date this campaign.

    Lewis (Ill.) Flyers: Ferris holds a commanding 22-5 series� edge over the Flyers and recorded a 3-2 win in the last meeting (9/8/01) at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Highland Heights, Ky. FSU is 11-0 all-time versus Lewis in home matches and 11-5 in road/neutral site contests. The Flyers are presently 25-5 overall this season and defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 3-2 in the GLVC Tournament Championship match last Saturday (Nov. 4) at Edwardsville, Ill. This will be Lewis� seventh NCAA-II Tournament appearance and first since 2002. LU captured its fifth GLVC title and first since 1992 by defeating SIUE in the league tourney final. Dan Friend is currently serving as the Flyers� interim head coach this campaign. Lewis has won 17 of its last 18 outings to date this campaign. Theresa Nugent has a team-best 364 kills thus far this season.

    Michigan Tech Huskies: Ferris and Michigan Tech squared off for the 57th time in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals last Tuesday (Oct. 31) with FSU recording a 3-0 home win inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris holds a commanding 46-11 series� advantage. The Bulldogs also won both of this year�s regular-season meetings, defeating MTU 3-0 in Big Rapids (10/21) and 3-2 at Houghton (9/24). FSU�s Tia Brandel-Wilhelm currently has a 20-4 career coaching record against the Huskies. FSU, which has won 19 of the past 20 contests, holds a 22-5 all-time record versus MTU in home matches. MTU compiled an 10-18 overall record in 2005, including a fifth-place tying 6-12 GLIAC North Division finish. The Huskies, who are coached by eighth-year head coach Krista Mikesch, fell to 15-14 overall this season with their loss at Ferris and finished regular-season action with an 11-7 GLIAC North Division slate. MTU has dropped four of its last six outings this campaign to date. FSU beat MTU 3-2 in the 2001 GLIAC Tourney Semifinals (11/9/01) at Battle Creek, Mich., which represented the only previous postseason matchup between the two teams prior to this year�s league tournament. The Huskies will be making their sixth NCAA-II Tourney appearance and first since 1997. Sophomore middle hitter Jen Jung has a team-high 290 kills to date this year. Michigan Tech has posted a previous 2-5 mark in NCAA-II Tournament action.

    West Virginia State Yellow Jackets: Ferris State holds a 3-0 all-time series� edge over the Yellow Jackets and beat West Virginia State 3-0 earlier this year (Aug. 26) in the Ferris State Invitational at FSU�s Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU also defeated West Virginia State 3-0 in last season�s opening match (8/25/05) held in Big Rapids. The Yellow Jackets recorded a 24-14 overall record and were 14-3 in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) action during the 2005 campaign. They are guided by fifth-year head coach Shannon Gerencir. Presently, West Virginia State holds a 25-8 overall record to date this season and captured the school�s first league championship this season. Leah Wilson leads the team with 307 kills this campaign.

    Hillsdale Chargers: FSU maintains a 45-11 series edge to date versus Hillsdale. The Bulldogs have won four of the last eight series outings, but dropped a 3-2 decision this year (10/6/06) at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris� Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has a current 11-4 career coaching mark against the Chargers. HC is presently 28-1 overall this season after last Friday�s (Nov. 3) 3-0 GLIAC Tournament Semifinal loss at home to Ashland. The Chargers, who are ranked sixth nationally, posted a first place 17-0 GLIAC South Division record this campaign. Last season, Hillsdale posted a 19-12 overall record and a third-place 11-6 mark in the GLIAC�s South Division. The Chargers, who were picked to finish first in the GLIAC South Division Preseason Poll this year, are directed by 11th-year head coach Chris Gravel. Ferris holds a current 24-9 overall record versus the Chargers in road/neutral site contests. The Bulldogs and Findlay were the only two teams to take the Chargers to five games all season prior to their loss last Friday versus Ashland. Senior middle hitter Taryn Rudland has compiled 305 kills and 114 total blocks to date this year while earning GLIAC and Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region Player of the Year Award laurels.

    Grand Valley State Lakers: Ferris and GVSU have met 89 times before with GVSU holding a 49-40 series advantage. The Lakers swept FSU in three matches this year, including a 3-0 win in the GLIAC Tourney Semifinals last Friday (Nov. 3) at Hillsdale. GVSU also registered a 3-1 triumph this year (Oct. 27) at Allendale, Mich., along with a 3-2 win (Oct. 3) at Big Rapids, Mich. FSU has won three of the last eight meetings, including a 3-0 victory in the 2004 GLIAC Tournament Championship match (11/14) at Allendale. Ferris head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm currently has a 8-17 career coaching record against Grand Valley State. GVSU, which has won 14 of the last 20 series contests, holds a 31-25 all-time record versus FSU in Allendale and a 17-15 edge at Big Rapids, Mich. Grand Valley State compiled a 32-6 overall record in 2005, including a first place 15-3 GLIAC North Division finish en route to winning the NCAA-II National Championship. The nationally seventh-ranked Lakers, who are coached by 12th-year head coach Deanne Scanlon, currently are 26-3 overall this season after falling to Ashland 3-1 in the league tournament final last Saturday (Nov. 4) at Hillsdale. The Lakers posted a first place 17-1 GLIAC North Division mark this campaign. Senior middle blocker Meghan Moore leads the squad with 423 kills this year entering the regional.

    Complete Ferris State Results & Statistics can be found at this link: /Sports/VOLLYBAL/06stats/TEAMSTAT.HTM

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