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Senior Rachel Folcik Chosen As League's Preseason Player of the Year

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Rachel Folcik
Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik was chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year
The Ferris State University women's basketball team was picked to finish second in the 2007-08 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced Wednesday (Oct. 24) during the league's media day teleconference.

The poll was chosen for the first time in league history by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Grand Valley State and Gannon to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively.

The Bulldogs totaled 163 points in the balloting and trailed only GVSU's first-place 195 points in the North Division. The Lakers earned 20 of a possible 30 first-place votes with FSU receiving four top votes and third-place Michigan Tech earning six such votes to go along with 158 points.

Gannon received 27 first-place votes in the South Division en route to a 177-point effort with Hillsdale taking the final three divisional top votes and 128 points overall in placing second.

On each of the 30 ballots, the first-place team in the North Division ballot received six points while the second-place team received five points, etc. In the South Division, the first-place team was granted five points while the second-place team took four points, etc.

In addition to the preseason media poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) was not only among five individuals named to the North Division team, but additionally was chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.

"I'm extremely excited to have Rachel back and proud she's been voted the preseason player of the year," said FSU head coach Tracey Dorow, who will embark on her 10th season at the helm. "Everyone in the league lost a lot of key players, but we're excited that the conference seems to get stronger and stronger every year."

As a junior last season, Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the programís first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Womenís Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to both the All-GLIAC North Division and All-Great Lakes Region First Teams last year in addition to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team. Folcikís 241 made field goals and 602 total points last season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The 2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Womenís Basketball College Division Second Team pick, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times last year and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances.

A team captain, Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game last campaign. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIACís overall leaders while ranking second in both field goal (.555) and free throw (.860) percentage.

The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from one of the most successful seasons in school history. Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever last season, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to last year had never won a NCAA Tournament game, recorded back-to-back wins in their first two national tournament contests en route to the regional runner-up finish. Ferris also compiled a second-place tying 13-5 GLIAC regular-season finish and earned the program's eighth consecutive GLIAC Tournament bid.

The Bulldog women's basketball squad first hits the hardwood with an exhibition contest Thursday, Nov. 1, at NCAA Division I Central Michigan starting at 7 p.m. (EDT) inside CMU's Rose Arena at Mount Pleasant, Mich. Their first official contest will be Friday, Nov. 16, when FSU squares off against the host school in the Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tip-Off Tourney with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) in Quincy, Ill.

The following is the complete 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll with first-place votes in parenthesis.

North Division
1. Grand Valley State (20) - 195 points
2. Ferris State (4) - 163 points
3. Michigan Tech (6) - 158 points
4. Lake Superior State - 130 points
5. Northwood - 107 points
6. Saginaw Valley State - 80 points
7. Northern Michigan - 67 points

South Division
1. Gannon (27) - 177 points
2. Hillsdale (3) - 128 points
3. Ashland - 118 points
4. Wayne State - 99 points
5. Findlay - 73 points
6. Mercyhurst - 35 points

The following is the complete 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team (chosen by the head coaches).

North Division
Lake Superior State - Jaclyn Armstrong (C/Jr.)
Ferris State - Rachel Folcik (F-C/Sr.)
Michigan Tech - Sarah Stream (G/Jr.)
Michigan Tech - Katie Wysocky (F/So.)
Grand Valley State - Crystal Zick (G/Sr.)

South Division
Ashland - Lisa Graue (G/Jr.)
Gannon - Ashley Lowdermilk (G/Sr.)
Wayne State - Joy Nash (G/Jr.)
Hillsdale - Julie Slot (F/Sr.)
Findlay - Brittany Wells (G/Jr.)

Preseason Player of the Year
Ferris State - Rachel Folcik (F-C/Sr.)

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