Rich, Goodson, and Gilchrist Earn All-Conference Post-Season Honors

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Ferris State's 2008 All-GLIAC Honorees
Andrea Rich
Arielle Goodson
Kristy Gilchrist
Three members of the 2008 Ferris State University women's volleyball team have landed a spot on the 2008 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Volleyball Teams as announced by the league office Saturday (Nov. 15) evening.

Senior Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) and junior Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) both received All-GLIAC honors for the second consecutive year while sophomore Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) is a first-time member. Rich earned first-team recognition while Goodson garnered second-team accolades and Gilchrist attained honorable mention laurels.

Rich, a setter-outside hitter, claimed top team honors in assists (629) and service aces (40) while ranking second among the squad's leaders with a career single-season high 315 digs in 29 matches. A 2007 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection, Rich concluded this season with a team fourth-best and career season-high 165 kills and posted a .166 attack percentage. She registered a squad third-highest 62 total blocks, which included 55 block assists. Rich produced at least 30 assists in a match on four occasions and attained double-digit totals in digs 14 times this fall.

The 2008 team co-captain finished sixth in the conference in services aces per set (0.38 avg.) and was 10th in assists per set (5.89 avg.). Rich was honored as the GLIAC North Division's Player of the Week earlier this season (9/3) and was also a member of the 2008 Ferris State Invitational All-Tournament Team. Among the NCAA Division II national statistical leaders to date, Rich currently ranks 198th in assists per set (5.57 avg.) and is 211th in aces per set (0.35 avg.). The 5-10 Rich concluded her four-year (2004-08) ranking ninth on FSU's career leaders list in assists (2,016), 22nd in digs (775), and 28th in service aces (96).

A 6-2 middle hitter, Goodson turned in her best season at Ferris State with career season highs in kills (262), digs (26), and total blocks (92). She was tops on the squad in total blocks while finishing second place for team honors in kills and hitting percentage (.201) in 29 outings. This season, Goodson accumulated double figures in kills on 10 occasions and compiled a career match-best 10 blocks (all assists) against Northern Michigan (9/19). Nationally, she presently is 12th in blocks per set (0.87 avg.). For her career, Goodson is listed 22nd in blocks per set (0.87 avg.) among the Bulldogs' all-time leaders while ranking 23rd in block solos (37) and 30th in both total blocks (182) and block assists (145).

Gilchrist hammered a team third-most 233 kills while hitting at a .210 clip in 29 matches this season. The 6-0 middle hitter was second on the squad with 79 total blocks, including 68 block assists, and placed fourth with 23 service aces. For the season, Gilchrist recorded 10 double-figure kill match performances and netted a career match-high 10 blocks (all assists) versus Northern Michigan (9/19). The 2007 All-GLIAC Second-Team performer currently ranks 232 among the national leaders in blocks per set (0.75 avg.). To date, Gilchrist ranks 19th on Ferris' career leaders list in kills (789), total blocks (273) and block assists (233), 21st in block solos (40), and 23rd in blocks per set (0.84 avg.).

Ferris State concluded the 2008 season with a 16-13 overall record, which included an 8-8 mark in the GLIAC's North Division. The Bulldogs, under 13th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, registered the program's 11th consecutive winning season and made their 11th straight GLIAC Post-Season Tournament appearance this campaign.

The first, second, and honorable mention All-GLIAC teams were announced during the 2008 GLIAC Tournament Championships (Nov. 15-16) at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

All three team squads consisted of 12 student-athletes each as voted on by the conference's head coaches. Grand Valley State's Danielle Alexander was selected as the GLIAC Player of the Year while Mayssa Bazzi of Wayne State was chosen as the Libero of the Year. The Freshman of the Year was Hillsdale's Ashlee Crowder and the GLIAC Coach of the Year went to Deanne Scanlon of Grand Valley State.

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