Bulldog Senior Outside Hitter Earns All-America Honors For The First Time

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Lindsay Tye
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Ferris State University's Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) to its 2007 AVCA NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball All-America Second Team. The announcement was made by the AVCA today (Nov. 26).

Tye was among 12 individuals to earn second-team plaudits as part of the 27th annual AVCA All-America teams for NCAA Division II women's volleyball. The AVCA placed 12 players apiece on the first, second, and third teams while 39 garnered honorable mention accolades. Emily Palkert of Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) was tabbed as the 2007 AVCA Division II Freshman of the Year while the 2007 AVCA Division II Player of the Year will be announced this Wednesday (Nov. 28).

A 2007 NCAA-II Great Lakes Region First-Team honoree, Tye attained 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 senior outside hitter also established a career season best with a .296 hitting percentage in 30 matches while finishing second on the squad in service aces (40) and digs (281). She also was named a 2007 GLIAC All-Academic Team selection for her performance in the classroom.

Tye, one of four 2007 FSU captains, racked up double-digit kills in 25 matches this fall and registered a double-double (double-figure in both kills and digs) 14 times during the 2007 campaign. She posted a season-high 26 kills on two occasions - against North Dakota (9/7) at the Minnesota-Duluth Classic and in a home match versus Lake Superior State (9/14). Tye produced a season-best 21 digs against nationally-ranked Grand Valley State (10/26).

In the conference, Tye finished third on the GLIAC leaders chart in kills (4.65 avg.) while placing 10th in both hitting percentage (.283) and service aces (0.39 avg.). Tye presently ranks 16th in kills per game (4.65) among the NCAA-II national statistiscal leaders through matches of Nov. 18 while being listed 110th in attack percentage (.296) and 298th in service aces (0.38 avg.).

This season, Tye earned the distinction of being 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 tied for 14th place in service aces (136) and is 19th in digs (814) among Ferris' career leaders.

Tye was an all-tournament team selection in all three 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) in which the Bulldogs competed in.

Ferris State closed out its 2007 season with a 20-10 overall record and was 12-6 in the GLIAC's North Division under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The squad's 20 wins this season represented the ninth time in the last 10 years in which the Bulldogs have amassed at least 20 victories in a single season.

Ferris also tallied the program's 10th consecutive winning campaign this fall and the 2007 season marked the 27th straight year of the Bulldogs compiling a double-digit victory total. FSU also made its 10th consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance this campaign.

The All-America honors for Tye represents the first in her career and the 15th time a Ferris State women's volleyball student-athlete has earned such recognition on a national scale. The most recent Bulldog to attain All-America kudos was Karla Fairbanks, who received 2004 AVCA Second-Team accolades after garnering honorable mention honors the previous year.

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