2007 Ferris State Volleyball Quick Facts


City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307-2741
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 12,578
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and Gold
Arena: Ewigleben Sports Arena
Capacity: 600
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler
Alma Mater, Yr.: Michigan, 1972
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Alma Mater, Yr.: Ferris State, 1977
Email: kirinovt@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Director: TBA
Senior Women's Administrator: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990)
Coordinator of Records & NCAA: Carma Burcham
Faculty Athletics Representative: Terry Nerbonne
Athletics Department Phone: (231) 591-2860
Athletics Department Fax: (231) 591-2869
Ticket Office Phone: (231) 591-2888

First Year of Volleyball: 1972
Overall All-Time Record: 735-416 (.639)
Conference All-Time Record: 310-163 (.655)
No. years in NCAA Tourney/Last: 14/2006
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 7-15 (.318)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Hillsdale
Result: Lost 3-0
No. years in GLIAC Tourney/Last: 9/2006
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Grand Valley State
Result: Lost 3-0

Athletics Communications Director (Volleyball Contact): Joe Gorby
    Office Phone: (231) 591-2336
    Home Phone: (231) 796-2732
    Email Address: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Communications Director: Rob Bentley
    Office Phone: (231) 591-3821
    Home Phone: (231) 796-1178
    Email Address: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, Sports Complex 001, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2741
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

Local Newspaper: Big Rapids Pioneer
Contact Person: Sandy Gholston
Address: 502 North State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 592-8363
Email: sgholston@pioneergroup.net

Head Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
    Alma Mater/Year: Alma, 1990
    Year Entering At School: 12th
    Record at Ferris State/yrs.: 233-115 (.669)/11
    Career Record/yrs.: 351-135 (.722)/14
    Record vs. the GLIAC (all matches): 149-77 (.659)
Volleyball Office Phone: (231) 591-2871
Best time/day to reach coach: M-F 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET)
Assistant Coach:
    Theresa Beeckman (Saginaw Valley State, 2005) - 3rd season
Volunteer Assistant Coach:
    Dale Wilhelm (Ferris State, 1988) - 4th season
Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Tim Glover, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Volleyball): Michael Blackburn, ATC
Office Phone: (231) 591-2872
Equipment Manager: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.

2006 Overall Record: 21-9
Conference Record/Finish: 12-6/2nd - North Division
2006 Non-Conference Record: 9-3
2006 Record At Home/Conference: 12-4/7-3
2006 Record Away/Conference: 6-3/5-3
2006 Record on Neutral Courts: 3-2
Final 2006 Ranking (poll): n/a
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/2

Starters Returning:
    Lindsay Tye, OH, 5-10, Sr.
    Jamie Palazzolo, LIB, 5-7, Sr.
    Candice Marut, S-OH, 5-10, Jr.
    Lindsay Johnson, OH, 5-10, Sr.
    Kristy Gilchrist, MH, 6-0, So.

Other Returning Letterwinners:
    Andrea Rich, S, 5-10, Jr.
    Emily Nemmers, OH-MH, 6-0, Jr.
    Amanda Kettlewell, OH-MH, 5-10, So.
    Sarah Lark, MH, 5-11, So.

Starters Lost:
    Danielle Baucher, OH, 5-10
    Karla White, MH, 6-0

    Lindsay Tye, Jamie Palazzolo, Lindsay Johnson, Candice Marut

Returning Statistical Leaders:
    Lindsay Tye*** (OH, 5-10, Sr.): 355 kills, 289 digs, 45 blocks, 55 aces
    Kristy Gilchrist* (MH, 6-0, So.): 220 kills, 111 blocks
    Candice Marut** (S-OH, 5-10, Jr.): 720 assists, 157 digs, 32 blocks
    Andrea Rich** (S, 5-10, Jr.): 595 assists, 217 digs, 29 aces
    Jamie Palazzolo*** (LIB, 5-7, Sr.): 449 digs, 37 aces
    Lindsay Johnson*** (OH, 5-10, Sr.): 46 aces
* - Denotes letters won

Key Losses:
    Danielle Baucher (OH, 5-10): 494 kills, 378 digs, 53 blocks, 54 aces
    Karla White (MH, 6-0): 357 kills, 127 blocks, 52 aces

Key Newcomers:
    Dana Ruttle, S, 5-7, Fr. - Redshirted 2006 season
    Whitney Rupp, LIB, 5-8, Fr. - Redshirted 2006 season
    Danielle Hamilton, MH-OH, 6-0, Fr.
    Lisa Tobiczyk, LIB, 5-8, Fr.
    Ashley Nugent, OH, 6-0, Fr.
    Arielle Goodson, MH, 6-2, Fr.
    Leslie Swanson, S-OH, 5-6, Fr.
    Dana Fairbanks, OH, 5-8, Fr.

The 2007 campaign will represent Ferris Stateís 34th season of intercollegiate womenís volleyball.

Ferris State finished the 2006 season at 21-9 overall which marked the Bulldogs' eighth 20-win campaign in the last nine years to date and the 26th straight year of registering a double-figure wins total. FSU earned a berth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament for the ninth consecutive season and also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 14th time in school history.

The Bulldogs return 12 of their 15 squad members from last season's squad.

Ferris has compiled a 252-66 (.792) record to date in 26 seasons of action (1981-present) at FSUís Ewigleben Sports Arena. The Bulldogs are 94-19 (.832) in home matches since 1998. In 2002, Ferris posted an 8-0 home mark, which was the programís sixth undefeated campaign in the 600-seat facility. FSU was 12-4 at home last season.

Outside hitter Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) earned All-GLIAC Second-Team recognition last season while libero Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale) was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm currently ranks 19th among NCAA Division II women's volleyball active coaches in winning percentage. Brandel-Wilhelm has compiled a 351-135 career coaching mark in 14 seasons, which includes the last 11 years at Ferris State.

The Bulldogs ranked eighth among the final 2006 NCAA-II statistical leaders in service aces per game (2.79 avg.) and were 49th in kills per game (15.0 avg.). Individually, Lindsay Tye placed 103rd in aces (0.5 avg.) while Lindsay Johnson (Cadillac) was listed 119th (0.49 avg). Middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) finished 134th (1.0 avg.) in blocks and libero Jamie Palazzolo ranked 163rd in digs (4.05 avg.).

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