FOUR BULLDOG VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Two Ferris State Players Are First-Team GLIAC Selections
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Four Ferris State University women's volleyball players received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition for the 2005 campaign in an announcement made Friday (Nov. 11) evening in conjunction with the GLIAC's annual postseason tournament in Allendale, Mich.
|Ferris State's Danielle Baucher & Brittny Godlewski both received All-GLIAC honors for the 2005 campaign
Junior outside hitter Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) and junior middle hitter Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) both received first-team all-conference kudos. Senior libero Brittny Godlewski (St. Clair Township/Marysville) was named to the second-team for the second consecutive year while senior middle hitter Lauren Heine (Ypsilanti) was an honorable mention selection.
The league's 13 head coaches took part in the all-conference voting. Twelve individuals were named to both the first and second-team squads with 13 others attaining honorable mention recognition.
Northwood's Gorana Maricic claimed GLIAC Player of the Year honors while Grand Valley State's Alyson Riley was chosen as the Libero of the Year. The Coach of the Year honor went to GVSU's Deanne Scanlon with Nicole Hintze of Northern Michigan honored as Freshman of the Year.
The 5-10 Baucher, who was a second-team honoree in 2004, has registered at least 10 kills and 10 digs in 18 of her last 20 outings this campaign. She has 992 kills to date and is eight shy of becoming the 14th player in school history to join the 1,000 career kills club. Baucher, who earlier this season became the program’s 10th member of the 1,000 digs club, would also become only the sixth player in Bulldog history to record both 1,000 career kills and digs. She has totaled a team-high 402 kills along with 436 digs to date this campaign.
White ranked among the league's overall blocks leaders this season as she posted a team-best 120 total blocks with 22 solo efforts and 98 assists. In addition, the 6-0 middle hitter presently ranks fourth among the squad's overall leaders with 261 kills. She previously was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team in 2004.
Godlewski currently has 1,414 career digs and ranks second all-time in school history. She is only 56 shy of Janna Biggs’ (1985-88) school-record total of 1,469 digs. Last season (2004), Godlewski became the first libero position player in league history to receive either first or second-team GLIAC kudos. The two-time Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region Second Team pick has totaled a team and personal career-high 444 digs to date this campaign and recorded 23 double-figure dig outings.
Finally, Heine has compiled 310 kills, 98 total blocks and 30 service aces in 107 games this season. The 2004 GLIAC All-Tournament Team selection currently ranks second among the squad's overall leaders in all three categories.
Ferris State fell in the quarterfinal round of the GLIAC Tournament with a 3-0 loss Wednesday (Nov. 9) versus nationally-ranked Grand Valley State in GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale. The Lakers advanced to host the GLIAC Final Four Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, with the victory.
The Bulldogs, who dropped to 22-9 overall this year, must now wait to see whether they receive an NCAA Division II National Tournament berth when the selection bids are announced late Sunday (Nov. 13) night. Ferris had jumped up to fifth overall in this week's regional rankings prior to Wednesday's loss.
Three automatic and five at-large bids will be awarded in the region, which consists of the GLIAC, Great Lakes Valley (GLVC) and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences (WVIAC), for the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament set to be held Nov. 17-19 at a campus site to be determined.