Weekly Notes (Matches 21-23): Volleyball Heads To Indianapolis For GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament

October 16, 2008

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    FSU Volleyball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women’s volleyball team will be participating in the 2008 Asics Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC)/Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Crossover Tournament this weekend (Oct. 17-18) at the Team Indiana Facility in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs will open the tourney with a pair of non-conference matches on Friday (Oct. 17), starting with a 2:30 p.m. (EDT) match versus the Missouri St. Louis Tritons. FSU then squares off against the Drury Panthers in a 5:30 p.m. (EDT) tilt. Ferris State concludes tourney action this Saturday (Oct. 18) as the Bulldogs entertain the Lewis Flyers with a 1 p.m. (EDT) starting time scheduled.

    Last Time Out: Ferris State extended its current winning streak to six straight matches as the Bulldogs registered a pair of GLIAC victories over South Division teams. FSU rallied from a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 triumph over Ashland last Friday (Oct. 10) in Ashland, Ohio. The Bulldogs would go on to notch a 3-1 decision versus Tiffin last Saturday (Oct. 11) at Tiffin, Ohio.

    The 36th Season: The 2008 campaign represents Ferris State’s 36th season of women’s volleyball. The Bulldogs have compiled an all-time mark of 764-433 (.638) to date. Since the program’s inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have won nine GLIAC titles, made 14 NCAA-II Tournament appearances and registered 28 winning seasons.

    Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2008 Ferris State volleyball home matches will be available at the door. For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

    2008 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Poll: Ferris State has been chosen to finish in a tie for third place in the 2008 GLIAC Volleyball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll as released by the league office. The Bulldogs totaled 16 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference’s head coaches. A season ago, the Bulldogs racked up a third-place 24 points after posting 26 points good for third place in the 2006 league poll. Ferris State was tabbed fourth in the 2005 poll with 26 points. Grand Valley State was voted as the favorite to repeat as the North Division regular-season champions for the fourth consecutive year as the Lakers recorded 24 points along with four of the six first-place votes. Northern Michigan received the other two first-place votes while totaling 18 points.

    Head Coach: Ferris State -- Tia Brandel-Wilhelm - (Alma, 1990), 13th season, 266-132 (.668); Career: 16th season, 384-152 (.716). Brandel-Wilhelm enters the 2008 campaign ranking 22nd in career best winning percentage among the NCAA Division II active coaches while her 371 career victories prior to 2008 represents a tie for the 22nd highest total on the Division II active coaches wins list. The 2002 GLIAC Coach of the Year guided the Bulldogs to NCAA-II Tournament appearances in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. She registered her 200th win at the Bulldog helm with a victory in the 2006 season (Sept. 10) over Edinboro (Pa.) at the Findlay (Ohio) TownPlace Suites Classic.

    Last Season: Ferris State concluded the 2007 season at 20-10 overall with a third-place 12-6 mark in the GLIAC’s North Division. The Bulldogs, which produced the program's 10th consecutive winning campaign in 2007, made its 10th straight conference tourney appearance a year ago.

    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. The program’s 2008 yearbook can also be found at the site.

    Live Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2008 Ferris State home matches will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit www.ferris.edu/sports and click on the “Live Stats” icon to access the CSTV GameTracker “Live Stats” feature. Live match statistics for this Tuesday's (9/16) conference contest at Grand Valley State will also be made available at -- ferris.edu/Sports/VOLLYBAL/2008sked.htm.

    Great Stretch: Ferris has won 20 or more matches nine times under 13th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs have registered a current 233-102 (.696) mark over the past 10 years and have reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament five times in that span. FSU has advanced to the GLIAC Tournament the last 10 consecutive years to date.

    2008 Bulldog Captains: A pair of senior setter-outside hitters, Candice Marut (Pinconning) and Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) will serve as the captains for the 2008 season.

    The FSU Roster: Ferris State’s 2008 active roster includes two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and eight freshmen. Five of the 18 players are outside hitters, six are middle hitters, and seven others fill the squad’s setter, defensive specialist and libero roles. All 18 student-athletes on the team hail from the state of Michigan.

    October Matches: Ferris State is a 58-22 overall (.725) in October matches since the 2000 season. The Bulldogs sport a 28-9 home mark and are 30-13 in road/neutral site outings in that span. Ferris State won six of its nine matches in October a season ago, which included a 4-1 home ledger.

    Bulldog Bites: Ferris State’s 14 service aces at Tiffin last Saturday (10/11) represented a team season best, surpassing the squad’s 13 aces at Wayne State (9/13). The last time FSU served up at least 14 aces in a contest was in 2007 when the Bulldogs chalked up 17 aces at Findlay (9/29) . . . Ferris’ 74 digs at Ashland last Friday (10/10) equaled the Bulldogs’ 2008 match high, which was set initially this campaign at Wayne State (9/13). FSU has presently compiled at least 50 digs in a match this season on 10 occasions . . . FSU is averaging 11.7 kills per set (280 total with a .198 hitting percentage while recording a 1.7 blocks per set average (41.0 total blocks) and a 13.2 digs per set average (318 total digs) during its current six-match winning streak . . . Sophomore middle hitter Arielle Goodson’s (Grand Rapids/Central) 16 kills at Tiffin (10/11) marked a career single-match high, eclipsing her 14 kills at Tampa earlier this season (9/6). Goodson has recorded seven double-figure single-match kill performances to date this fall. Goodson’s six digs in the Tiffin match (10/11) also represented a match career best, bettering her three digs at Ashland in the 2007 season (9/28) . . . Senior setter-outside hitter Candice Marut is currently 62 assists shy of registering her 2,000 career helper. Marut, who has presently produced 236 assists in 15 matches this season, is also 196 helpers away from tying Tricia Metz (1995-96; 2,134 career assists) for seventh-place honors.

    All-Conference Returnees: The Bulldogs return a pair of All-GLIAC performers from the 2007 season in junior middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) and Andrea Rich. Gilchrist received all-conference second-team accolades in 2007 while Rich garnered honorable mention all-league kudos. Gilchrist paced the 2007 squad in service aces (48) while finishing second for top team honors in kills (336) and total blocks (83) in 30 matches. Rich dished out a career-high 700 assists to go with 213 digs in 23 outings.

    Dig Streak: Redshirt freshman libero Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) has presently generated five straight double-figure single-match dig efforts and is averaging 15.6 digs per match (78 total) during that span. For the season, Tobiczyk has produced double-digit dig totals in 14 contests. Tobiczyk’s 23 digs at Ashland last Friday (10/10) represented a season high, bettering her 22-digs output against Indiana (Pa.) at the Ferris State Invitational earlier this season (8/29). She has totaled 20 or more digs on four occasions this campaign.

    Attack Mode: Junior outside hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay)?became the 28th player in Ferris State history to attain at least 700 career kills. Gilchrist also currently ranks 28th on the program’s all-time charts with a 704 career total in 80 matches and is averaging 2.44 kills a set during her career. She’s only one kill shy of tying Kris Johnson’s (1982-85) 27th-place 705 career kills output and is five away from moving into a 25th-place tie with Tracie Henne (1990-93)?and Gretchen Galloway (1992-94), who both accumulated 709 career kills.

    Regional Rankings: Ferris State is ranked sixth of 10 teams in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings, which were released Wednesday (10/15) by the NCAA-II Women’s Volleyball Committee. The Bulldogs, who have an 8-6 in-region mark, are one of six GLIAC?teams to be listed in the regional rankings. Grand Valley State is ranked first while two of the Bulldogs’ three tournament opponents this weekend in Lewis and Missouri-St. Louis are second and ninth, respectively.

    NCAA Statistical Rankings: Ferris State presently is 65th in aces per set (1.86 avg.), 69th in blocks per set (1.93 avg.), 120th in kills per set (11.46 avg.) and 121st in assists per set (10.37 avg.) among the latest NCAA Division II national statistical leaders through matches of Oct. 12. On an individual basis, Arielle Goodson is 81st in blocks per set (0.96 avg.). Andrea Rich is listed 185th in assists per set (6.0 avg.) and 190th in aces per set (0.38 avg.). Kristy Gilchrist ranks 222nd in blocks per set (0.76) while Lisa Tobiczyk is 247th in digs per set (3.09 avg.). Katie Edwards is 269th in kills per set (2.63 avg.).

    A Look At This Week's Opponents:

    Missouri-St. Louis: Ferris State holds a 3-0 advantage over Missouri-St. Louis in their all-time series with all three encounters taking place either at UMSL and at a neutral site. The Bulldogs posted a 3-2 victory over the Tritons in the 1999 season (9/4)?at the North Alabama Ricatoni’s/Ramada Inn Classic in Florence, Ala. UMSL, which is listed among other teams receiving votes in this week’s (10/13) CBS College Sports/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, is currently 16-4 overall and 10-2 in the GLVC under first-year head coach Trent Jones. The Tritons suffered a 3-2 home league loss to 18th-ranked Lewis last Friday (10/10) in its most recent action. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. UMSL – 1-0.

    Drury: FFirst-ever meeting between the two teams. Drury, which is directed by fifth-year head coach Amy Gardner, is presently 10-11 overall and 6-6 in the GLVC this season. The Panthers snapped a three-match losing streak last Saturday (10/11) with a 3-0 home conference decision over St. Joseph’s (Ind.) in Springfield, Mo. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. DU – 0-0.

    Lewis: Ferris State leads Lewis by a 22-5 margin in the all-time series, which includes an 11-5 mark in road/neutral site outings. The Bulldogs posted a 3-2 win over the Flyers at the 2001 GLIAC/GLVC Challenge (9/8) in Highland Heights, Ky. Lewis is currently listed 17th in this week’s (10/13) CBS College Sports/AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Flyers registered their school-record 18th consecutive victory with a 3-1 conference road decision over 24th-ranked Indianapolis on Tuesday (10/14) in improving to 19-3 overall and 11-0 in the GLVC. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. LU – 3-0.

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