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FSU Volleyball At A Glance: The 2007 Ferris State University women’s volleyball team will go up against its archrival in nationally-ranked Grand Valley State this Friday (Oct. 26) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match in Big Rapids, Mich. Opening serve is set for 5 p.m. (EDT) at FSU’s Ewigleben Sports Arena. Grand Valley State is ranked 10th in this week’s (Oct. 22) CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll with 571 points after being listed eighth in the previous poll (Oct. 15).
Last Time Out: Ferris State posted a 2-1 record in three GLIAC matches during its annual trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last weekend (Oct. 19-21). The Bulldogs claimed a 3-0 decision over Michigan Tech last Friday (Oct. 19) in Houghton, Mich. FSU then suffered a 3-0 loss to Northern Michigan last Saturday (Oct. 20) in Marquette, Mich., before getting back on the winning track with a 3-0 victory against Lake Superior State last Sunday (Oct. 21) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Another Winning Season: Ferris State’s current 18-8 mark this season with three regular-season matches remaining assures the Bulldogs of registering the program’s 10th consecutive winning campaign.
Last Season: Ferris State advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the 14th time in school history in the 2006 campaign after previously claiming its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004 by winning the league’s annual postseason tournament for the first time ever. FSU registered a 21-9 overall record a season ago and finished second place in the GLIAC’s North Division with a 12-6 mark. Ferris, which compiled the program's ninth consecutive winning campaign in 2006, also made its ninth-straight conference tourney appearance a year ago.
The 35th Season: The 2007 campaign represents Ferris State’s 35th season of women’s volleyball. The Bulldogs boast an all-time 753-424 (.639) record to date. Since the program’s inception in 1972, the Bulldogs have won nine GLIAC titles, made 14 NCAA-II Tournament appearances and registered 27 winning seasons.
2007 GLIAC Preseason Poll: For the second consecutive season, FSU was selected to place third in the 2007 GLIAC Volleyball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll as released by the league office. The Bulldogs totaled 24 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference’s head coaches. The Bulldogs accumulated a third-place 26 points total in last season’s conference preseason poll and were tabbed fourth in the 2005 poll with 26 points. Grand Valley State was voted as the favorite to repeat as regular-season divisional champions for the third consecutive year as the Lakers garnered 36 points along with six of the seven first-place votes.
Ferris State's Head Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm - (Alma, 1990), 12th season, 251-123 (.671); Career: 15th season, 369-143 (.721). Brandel-Wilhelm entered the 2007 campaign ranked 19th in career best winning percentage among the NCAA Division II active coaches while her 351 career victories prior to 2007 was 22nd highest 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 Ferris State last season (Sept. 10) with a non-conference decision over Edinboro (Pa.) at the Findlay (Ohio) TownPlace Suites Classic.
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 squad’s 2007 yearbook can also be found at the site.
New This Season - Live Video: A live video and audio webcast is available for all 2007 Ferris State volleyball home matches through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 per match on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. Just click on the B2 Networks icon to access.
Live Stats: All statistics for the 2007 Ferris State volleyball home matches can be followed via GameTracker on Ferris State's Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. GameTracker is a service of Online College Sports and is a real time update of the action. Selected Bulldog road matches are also available by visiting the 2007 Schedule/Results section within the FSU volleyball homepage. If the GameTracker logo is shown for that match then there will be a GameTracker link.
Great Stretch: Ferris has won 20 or more matches eight times under 12th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs were 200-85 (.702) over the past nine years prior to entering the 2007 season and have reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament five times in that span. FSU has advanced to the GLIAC Tournament nine consecutive years to date.
No Place Like Home: Ferris is currently 262-67 (.796) in 25-plus seasons at the Ewigleben Sports Arena since 1981. FSU, which has six undefeated home seasons in the facility, was 12-4 at home last fall. The Bulldogs are 115-27 (.809) in home matches under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.
Show Your Bulldog Pride: Ferris State fans are encouraged to wear their Bulldog apparel for this Friday’s home match versus Grand Valley State. Doors will open at 6 p.m. (EDT). Traditionally, a standing room-only crowd has been present for the FSU-GVSU match in Big Rapids.
Bulldog Bites: Ferris State has posted more kills than its opponent in 10 of the last 11 matches to date and is averaging 57.0 kills per match (627 total) to the opposition’s 43.6 average (480 total) in that span . . . Sophomore outside-middle hitter Amanda Kettlewell (Marysville) has set personal season highs in kills (31), service aces (seven), and digs (10) this season in 29 games. She registered eight kills along with two aces and nine digs in 29 games a season ago . . . The Bulldogs have compiled a 98-20 (.831) overall record in three-game matches since the start of the 2000 campaign . . . Lindsay Tye is two service aces shy of tying Kim McDowell (1988-91; 134 total) for 15th place on FSU’s all-time leaders list. Tye presently has accumulated 132 aces in 105 matches and is tied with Janna Biggs (1985-88; 132 total) for 16th-place honors . . . Jamie Palazzolo’s team-high 474 digs in 26 matches this fall presently ranks as the sixth-most single-season digs total in the program’s history and the 2006 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention pick is six shy of moving into a fifth-place tie with Kelly Stosik (1989; 480 digs) . . . Ferris has totaled nine matches with double-digit service aces this season and is one shy of equalling last season’s output in 30 matches.
October Matches: Ferris State has registered a 54-21 overall record (.720) in October encounters dating back to the 2000 campaign. The Bulldogs are 26-8 at home and 28-13 on the road during that period. FSU?is currently 6-2 in October matches this season, which includes a 4-0 home ledger. Ferris’ most successful October performance was in 2002 when the Bulldogs went 10-1 overall, including 6-0 at home.
Serving It Up: Junior outside-middle hitter Emily Nemmers’ (Caledonia/East Kentwood) 18 service aces in 67 games this season represents a personal season high. Nemmers recorded a combined nine aces in 152 games during her three prior seasons (2004-06) in a Bulldog uniform. She received a medical redshirt as a freshman in 2004 as a result of appearing in six matches before being sidelined the remainder of the campaing due to an injury.
Digs String Continues: Jamie Palazzolo stretched her double-digit digs streak to 24 straight with a match-leading 16 total at Lake Superior State last Sunday (10/21). Palazzolo has averaged 19.0 digs per match (456 total) during the 24-match period and is on pace (4.99 dpg) to finish third on the program’s single-season digs chart. In her career, Palazzolo presently ranks seventh on the Bulldogs’ all-time leaders list with 1,230 career digs in 112 matches.
Gilchrist Reaches Mark: Sophomore middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) reached a personal milestone by surpassing the 500 career kills mark with eight kills at Northern Michigan last Saturday (10/20). Gilchrist currently has 512 career kills in 56 matches and posted 24 career double-digit kill matches to date, which includes 16 this fall.
Career Match Best: Emily Nemmers’ six service aces at Lake Superior State last Sunday (10/22) marked a career match high, bettering her three service aces at Northern Michigan (10/21)?in the Bulldogs’ previous match. She has a combined nine aces in her last two matches after generating nine in her previous 24 outings this season.
Sudden Impact: Freshman middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) leads the 2007 team with a 0.90 blocks per game average and has totaled a squad-best 80 blocks (61 block assists) in 26 matches.
2007 Home Contests: The Bulldogs are averaging 15.6 kills per game (624 total) in their 11 home matches this season compared to their opponent’s 11.3 average (452 total) and has compiled a .231 hitting percentage. FSU has served 101 aces (2.5 apg.) to the opposition’s 45 total (1.1 apg.). Individually, Lindsay Tye and sophomore outside hitter Katie Edwards (Cedar Springs)have combined for 44.6% (278-624) of the team’s kills output at home this campaign. Tye is averaging a team-best 4.19 kills per game (155 total) and Edwards has averaged 3.15 kills a game (123 total).
NCAA-II National Rankings: Ferris State ranks 35th in kills per game (15.41 avg.)?in the most recent (10/21) NCAA-II?national statistics. The Bulldogs are 44th in assists (13.76), 49th in service aces (2.34), 86th in hitting percentage (.204), 108th in blocks (2.03), and 138th in digs (16.46). Individually, Lindsay Tye is 12th in kills (4.7) and 101st in hitting percentage (.302) while Jamie Palazzolo is 75th in digs (4.99). Junior setter Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) ranks 142nd in assists per game (8.9) and Kristy Gilchrist is 152nd in aces (0.48).
A Look At This Week's Opponent:
Grand Valley State: Ferris State and Grand Valley State will square off for the 91st time with the Lakers owning a 50-40 series lead after capturing a 3-2 come-from-behind conference win earlier this season (10/2) at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich. GVSU, which has prevailed in 15 of the last 21 series meetings, sports a 17-15 all-time mark in matches played at Ferris and is 32-25 at home versus the Bulldogs. The nationally-ranked Lakers, who are under the direction of 13th-year head coach Deanna Scanlon, are presently 24-3 overall and 14-1 in the GLIAC this season. GVSU had its 19-match winning streak snapped in a 3-2 conference loss to Northern Michigan last Sunday (10/21) in Marquette, Mich. The Lakers’ other two defeats occurred at the Regis Premier Tournament (8/31-9/1) in Denver, Colo., against a pair of nationally-ranked teams in Southwest State (Minn.) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. GVSU dropped a 3-0 decision to Southwest State (8/31)?and then came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision to SIU-Edwardsville. Grand Valley State claimed the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship title. Tia Brandel-Wilhelm vs. GVSU – 8-18