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2009 Ferris State Volleyball Quick Facts

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GENERAL
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307-2741
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 13,532
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and Gold
Arena: Ewigleben Sports Arena
Capacity: 600
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler
Alma Mater, Yr.: Michigan, 1972
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Alma Mater, Yr.: Ferris State, 1977
Email: kirinovt@ferris.edu
Associate Athletics Director: Jon Coles
Alma Mater, Yr.: Valparaiso, 1999
Email: colesj@ferris.edu
Senior Women's Administrator: Keri Becker (Saginaw Valley State, 1995)
Coordinator of Records & NCAA: Carma Burcham
Faculty Athletics Representative: Terry Nerbonne
Athletics Department Phone: (231) 591-2860
Athletics Department Fax: (231) 591-2869
Ticket Office Phone: (231) 591-2888

HISTORY
First Year of Volleyball: 1972
Overall All-Time Record: 771-439 (.637)
Conference All-Time Record: 330-177 (.651)
NCAA Tournament appearances: 14 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006)
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 7-15 (.318)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Hillsdale
Result: Lost 3-0
No. years in GLIAC Tourney/Last: 11/2008
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: at Grand Valley State
Result: Lost 3-1

ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Athletics Communications Director (Volleyball Contact): Joe Gorby
    Office Phone: (231) 591-2336
    Home Phone: (231) 796-2732
    Email Address: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Associate Athletics Communications Director: Rob Bentley
    Office Phone: (231) 591-3821
    Home Phone: (231) 796-1178
    Email Address: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, Sports Complex 002, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2741
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

MEDIA INFORMATION
Local Newspaper: Big Rapids Pioneer
Contact Person: Zeke Jennings
Address: 502 North State Street, Big Rapids, Mich. 49307
Phone: (231) 592-8363
Email: zjennings@pioneergroup.net

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
    Alma Mater/Year: Alma, 1990
    Year Entering At School: 14th
    Record at Ferris State/yrs.: 269-138 (.661)/13
    Career Record/yrs.: 387-158 (.710)/16
    Record vs. the GLIAC (all matches): 169-93 (.645)
Volleyball Office Phone: (231) 591-2871
Best time/day to reach coach: M-F 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET)
Assistant Coach:
    Theresa Beeckman (Saginaw Valley State, 2005) - 5th season
Volunteer Assistant Coach:
    Dale Wilhelm (Ferris State, 1988) - 6th season
Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Tim Glover, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Volleyball): Joe Fox, ATC
Office Phone: (231) 250-2088
Equipment Manager: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.

TEAM INFORMATION
2008 Overall Record: 16-13
Conference Record/Finish: 8-8/5th - North Division
2008 Non-Conference Record: 8-5
2008 Record At Home/Conference: 7-5/3-4
2008 Record Away/Conference: 5-6/5-4
2008 Record on Neutral Courts: 4-2
Final 2008 Ranking (poll): Not Ranked
Starters Returning/Lost: 5 + libero/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 12/3

Starters Returning:
    Kristy Gilchrist, MH, 6-0, Sr. - 2008 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention & 2007 All-GLIAC Second Team
    Arielle Goodson, MH, 6-2, Jr. - 2008 All-GLIAC Second Team
    Katie Edwards, OH, 5-11, Sr.
    Sarah Lark, MH, 5-11, Sr.
    Ashley Huntey, OH, 5-10, So.

Other Returning Letterwinners:
    Amanda Kettlewell, OH, 5-10, Sr.
    Lisa Tobiczyk, LIB, 5-8, So. - 2008 FSU Bulldog Award co-recipient
    Dana Ruttle, S/DS, 5-7, Jr. - 2008 FSU Coaches Award co-recipient
    Danielle Hamilton, MH/OH, 6-0, Jr.
    Whitney Rupp, LIB, 5-8, Jr.
    Karen Thompson, OH, 5-10, So.

Starters Lost:
    Candice Marut, S/OH - 2008 FSU Most Valuable Player, 2008 FSU Bulldog Award co-recipient
    Andrea Rich, S/OH - 2008 AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention, 2008 All-GLIAC First Team, 2008 FSU Coaches Award co-recipient, 2007 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention

2009 Captains:
    Sarah Lark, Dana Ruttle

Returning Statistical Leaders:
    Kristy Gilchrist*** (MH, 6-0, Sr.): 233 kills, 23 service aces, 79 blocks, 51 digs
    Katie Edwards*** (OH, 5-11, Sr.): 274 kills, 69 digs, 31 blocks
    Arielle Goodson** (MH, 6-2, Jr.): 262 kills, 92 blocks, 26 digs
    Sarah Lark*** (MH, 5-11, Sr.): 151 kills, 52 blocks, 40 digs, 40 assists
    Ashley Huntey* (OH, 5-10, So.): 118 kills, 256 digs, 22 service aces, 33 blocks
    Lisa Tobiczyk* (LIB, 5-8, So.): 374 digs, 34 service aces
    Dana Ruttle** (S/DS, 5-7, Jr.): 164 digs, 24 service aces
* - Denotes letters won

Key Losses:
    Andrea Rich (S/OH, 5-10) - 2008 AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention, 2008 All-GLIAC First Team: 488 kills, 281 digs, 42 blocks, 40 service aces, 40 assists
    Candice Marut (S/OH, 5-10) - 2008 FSU Most Valuable Player, 2008 FSU Bulldog Award co-recipient: 375 assists, 151 digs, 15 service aces

Newcomers:
    Anne Sutton, MH, 6-2, RFr. - Redshirted 2008 season
    Samantha Fordyce, S, 5-11, RFr. - Redshirted 2008 season
    Aly Brecht, OH, 5-10, RFr. - Redshirted 2008 season
    Lindsey Miller, MH, 6-2, Fr.
    Paige Wyers, S, 5-9, Fr.

2009 SEASON TEAM PREVIEW NOTES:
The 2009 campaign will represent Ferris Stateís 37th season of intercollegiate womenís volleyball.

Ferris State registered its 11th consecutive winning season in 2008 with a 16-13 overall record. The Bulldogs also made their 11th consecutive the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament appearance.

The Bulldogs return 12 of their 15 2008 team members, which includes 85.5% (1,107-1,663) of last season's kills output.

Ferris has compiled a 271-73 (.788) record to date in 28 seasons of action (1981-present) at FSUís Ewigleben Sports Arena. The Bulldogs are 113-26 (.813) in home matches since 1998. Ferris posted an 8-0 home mark in 2002, which was the programís sixth undefeated campaign in the 600-seat facility. FSU produced a 7-5 home ledger for the 2008 campaign.

The Bulldogs return a pair of all-conference performers in middle hitters Arielle Goodson and Kristy Gilchrist from the 2008 season. Goodson received second-team laurels while Gilchrist was a honorable mention pick.

Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm enters the 2009 campaign currently ranking 20th among NCAA Division II women's volleyball active coaches in career winning percentage (.710). She's listed 23rd among active coaches with 387 career wins in 16 seasons and is listed 21st in winningest coaches all-time as ranked by percentage (387-158, .710). Brandel-Wilhelm presently ranks as the second all-time winningest coach in Ferris State women's volleyball history and is 61 victories away from tying Jill Hirschinger (1984-95) as the program's all-time leader in coaching victories.

Kristy Gilchrist enters her senior year presently ranking 19th among the program's all-time leaders with 789 career kills. Gilchrist is listed 21st place in block solos with a 40 career total while junior Arielle Goodson's 37 career rejections ranks 23rd highest.

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