FOUR BULLDOG VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS CLAIM GLIAC LAURELS
Senior Duo Earns First-Team Conference Recognition In Annual Voting
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Four Ferris State University women's volleyball players received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition for the 2006 campaign in an announcement made Friday (Nov. 3) evening in conjunction with the GLIAC's annual postseason tournament in Hillsdale, Mich.
Senior outside hitter Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) and senior middle hitter Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) both received first-team all-conference kudos for the second consecutive campaign. Junior outside hitter Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) was named to the second-team while junior libero Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale) 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.
Hillsdale's Taryn Rudland 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 HC's Chris Gravel with Kelly Jorgenson of Michigan Tech honored as Freshman of the Year.
The 5-10 Baucher, who was a second-team honoree in 2004, currently has a school-record 1,545 career digs to date along with 1,480 kills, which presently ranks sixth on the school’s career kills leaders list. Baucher, who ranks as Ferris' overall kills (4.46 kpg) leader this season along with second in digs (3.37 dpg), became the 14th player in school history to notch 1,000 career kills and only the sixth Bulldog player ever to record both 1,000 career kills and digs in Ferris’ season-opening home win over St. Joseph’s (Aug. 24). She’s five service aces away from matching Kathy O’Connor’s (1990-93) fifth-place career mark of 171 aces at FSU.
White ranked among the league's overall blocks leaders again this season as she has posted a team-best 124 total blocks to date with 22 solo efforts and 102 assists. In addition, the 6-0 middle hitter presently ranks second among the squad's overall leaders with 348 kills. She previously was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team in 2004.
The 5-10 Tye presently has compiled 345 kills this campaign along with 278 digs, both of which rank third among the Bulldogs' team leaders this campaign. She's also currently listed fifth in the conference in service aces (0.51 apg). Tye was named to both the Ferris State Invitational and Alamo City Classic All-Tournament Teams this season for her efforts. She has totaled 10 or more kills in 19 matches this year, including a personal career-high and FSU's second-most kills ever in a single match with 35 in Ferris' 3-2 league win at Michigan Tech (9/24).
Finally, Palazzolo leads the Bulldogs in digs with 434 this season. She has netted more than 10 digs in 23 of FSU's 29 outings this season and tallied 20 or more digs in six contests. The 5-7 Palazzolo, who's only the second player in Bulldog history to ever wear the libero uniform, currently has 741 career digs in 85 outings to date.
The Bulldogs, who are currently 21-8 overall this season, dropped a 3-0 decision to archrival Grand Valley State in Friday's GLIAC Tournament Semifinals held in Hillsdale's Jesse Philips Arena.
Ferris will now await the official pairings for the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament slated for Nov. 9-11 at a campus site to be determined. The announcement will be made by the NCAA on Sunday, Nov. 5. FSU was seeded fourth in this past week's regional rankings and eight teams will be included in the field.