Senior Lindsay Tye Earns Team Most Valuable Player Honors

2007 Team Award Winners
Lindsay Tye
Candice Marut
The Ferris State University women's volleyball team celebrated its accomplishments for the 2007 season at the program's annual postseason awards banquet Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

For the second consecutive season, the Most Valuable Player Award went to a senior outside hitter as Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) was selected as the recipient of the team's highest individual honor. Tye attained American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Second-Team accolades in late November 2007 for the first-time in her four-year career.

A 2007 NCAA-II Great Lakes Region First-Team honoree, Tye garnered All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team laurels this season after leading the Bulldogs with a career single-season high 488 kills. The 5-10 team captain also established a career season best with a .296 hitting percentage in 30 matches while finishing second on the squad in both service aces (40) and digs (281).

Tye, a 2007 GLIAC All-Academic Team member, earned the distinction of being only the 15th player in the program's history to compile at least 1,000 career kills and concluded her four-year (2004-07) career ranking 13th on Ferris State's all-time kills bests list with a 1,143 total in 109 career matches. The 2006 All-GLIAC Second-Team and GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree is currently tied for 14th place in service aces (136) and is 19th in digs (814) among Ferris' career leaders. Tye achieved all-tournament team recognition in all three of the Bulldogs' 2007 regular-season tournaments -- the Ferris State Invitational (8/24-25), Days Inn-Denver West Oredigger Classic (8/31-9/1), and Minnesota-Duluth Classic (9/7-8).

Junior setter-outside hitter Candice Marut (Pinconning) was presented with the Bulldog Award, which is presented to the player which displays the heart and desire of a Bulldog. Marut, who was the 2004 winner of the Bulldog Award during her redshirt season, compiled 620 assists while posting career season bests in kills (149), digs (199), and block assists (36) as a starter in 22 of 28 matches played in this season. The 2006 FSU Coaches Award co-recipient has registered 1,702 assists, 242 kills, 33 service aces, 80 total blocks, and 480 digs in 84 career contests to date.

The Coaches Award went to a pair of freshmen, middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) and libero-defensive specialist Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville). Goodson turned in a productive season by pacing the team with 90 total blocks, which included 69 block assists, and averaging 0.88 blocks a game in 102 games. A starter in all 30 FSU matches this campaign, Goodson netted a squad fifth-best 146 kills and had 15 digs. Tobiczyk was redshirted this season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.

Senior Awards were distributed to Lindsay Tye, outside hitter Lindsay Johnson (Cadillac), libero-outside hitter Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale), and outside-middle hitter Emily Nemmers (Caledonia/East Kentwood). Johnson posted 28 service aces and 148 digs in 28 matches this fall while Palazzolo concluded her career with a program seventh-most ever 1,290 digs total, which included a team-leading 534 digs for the 2007 season. Nemmers tallied a career single-season best in both service aces (23) and digs (117) in 30 matches this campaign.

Ferris State, under 12th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, wrapped up its 2007 season with a 20-10 overall record. The 20 victories was the ninth time in the last 10 seasons in which the Bulldogs have reached the 20-win plateau. FSU also posted the program's 10th straight winning campaign this season and the 2007 campaign represented the 27th consecutive year of generating a double-figure wins total. Ferris also earned a berth in the GLIAC Tournament for the 10th year in a row.

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