FERRIS STATE VOLLEYBALL GATHERS POSTSEASON GLIAC HONORS
Four Bulldogs Receive All-Conference Recognition
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The Ferris State University women's volleyball team placed four of its student-athletes on the 2007 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Teams which were released Saturday (Nov. 10) by the conference office.
The first, second, and honorable mention all-conference teams were announced at the 2007 GLIAC Tournament Championships (Nov. 10-11) at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.
Senior outside hitter Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) earned first-team recognition while senior libero-outside hitter Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale) and sophomore middle hitter Kristy Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay) attained second-team honors. Junior setter Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) was chosen as a honorable mention pick.
The conference's 13 head coaches voted for the All-GLIAC teams. Both the first and second-team squads consisted of 12 student-athletes apiece while 13 players were named to the honorable mention squad. Melissa Bartlett of Hillsdale was recognized as the GLIAC Player of the Year while Grand Valley State's Alyson Riley was tabbed as the Libero of the Year for the second straight season. The Freshman of the Year was Rebeccah Rapin of Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State's Will Stanton was selected as the Coach of the Year.
Tye cemented her reputation as one of the conference's top outside hitters this season as evidenced by ranking third among the GLIAC leaders in kills (4.65 avg.) while placing 10th in both hitting percentage (.283) and service aces (0.39 avg.). Tye paced the Bulldogs this season with a career single-season high 488 kills and also established another personal season best with a .296 hitting percentage in 30 matches. She placed runner-up for team honors in both service aces (40) and digs (281). One of four team captains this fall, Tye produced double-digit kills in 25 matches this campaign while posting a double-double (double-figure in both kills and digs) on 14 occasions. Among the NCAA Division II statistical leaders, Tye is presently listed 16th in kills per game and 121st in hitting percentage through matches of Nov. 4. She became the 15th player in school history to record at least 1,000 career kills and concluded her four-year (2004-07) career ranking 13th on FSU's all-time kills leaders list with a 1,143 total in 109 career matches. The 5-10 Tye, who received both All-GLIAC Second-Team and a GLIAC All-Academic Team kudos in 2006, currently ranks tied for 14th place in service aces (136) and is 19th in digs (814) among Ferris' career leaders. Tye was named to the Ferris State Invitational (8/24-25), Days Inn-Denver West Oredigger Classic (8/31-9/1), and Minnesota-Duluth Classic (9/7-8) All-Tournament Teams this season.
Gilchrist turned in a productive year for the Bulldogs by leading the team with a career single-season high 48 services while finishing runner up for top squad honors in kills (336) and total blocks (83) in 30 matches. The 6-0 middle hitter placed third among the GLIAC's leading servers with a 0.49 aces per game average. Gilchrist was honored as the GLIAC North Division's Player of the Week (10/15) as a result of leading the Bulldogs to a pair of conference home victories over nationally-ranked Hillsdale (10/12) and Wayne State (10/13). In the win against Hillsdale, she netted 15 kills and had a team-high 11 block assists. For the season, Gilchrist recorded 20 double-figure kill match performances.
A 2006 honorable mention All-GLIAC pick, Palazzolo's team-leading 534 digs in 30 matches this year not only marked a personal career high but represented the third most single-season total in the program's history. She averaged 5.15 digs per game to rank third among the conference leaders and was listed 79th on a national scale through Nov. 4 matches. The 5-7 Palazzolo wrapped up her career (2003-07) this season with a double-figure dig total in each of her final 28 matches. She currently is seventh on the school's all-time digs leaders chart with 1,290 career digs in 116 contests and became the 12th player in the program's annals to reach the 1,000 digs mark. Palazzolo also ranks 25th on the all-time charts with 104 career service aces.
Rich dished out a career-best 700 assists and had 213 digs this season despite missing seven of the team's 30 matches due to an injury. A 2006 GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree, Rich compiled an average of 9.61 assists per game to place eighth in the conference and is currently ranked 155th among the national statistical leaders to date. The 5-10 Rich generated at least 40 assists or more in eight matches this campaign, which included career match highs in both assists (65) and digs (23) in the win over nationally-ranked Hillsdale (10/12). Her 1,387 career assists in 54 matches is presently the 11th-highest total in Bulldog history. Rich also reached double-figure digs in nine matches this 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 registered the program's 10th consecutive winning campaign and attained double-figures in victories for the 27th straight year.
Ferris State, under the direction of 12th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, also made its 10th consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance this season.