Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.
Head Coach – Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
Athletes Involved in Play – Ashley Huntley (No. 7), Dana Ruttle (No. 4),
Samantha Fordyce (No. 11), Arielle Goodson (No. 5)
With over 8,000 votes cast in its debut week, the first Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week has been awarded to the Ferris State University volleyball team. The Bulldogs earned the honor after beating out four other semifinalists – Academy of Art University, University of Hawai’i, University of Hawai’i-Hilo and The Ohio State University – during a week-long voting period.
The award-winning play came in the second set of the Bulldogs’ home match-up with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Grand Valley State University, which took place in FSU’s Ewigleben Sports Arena. The play begins with the Bulldogs’ Ashley Huntley serving to the GVSU players. The Lakers’ right side hitter then fires an attack attempt over the net, which is saved by Dana Ruttle with a sprawling dig that sails off towards the scorer’s table. FSU’s setter Samantha Fordyce races after the ball, and with her back to the court, bump-sets a perfectly placed ball for middle blocker Arielle Goodson, who smashes it just past the right hand of the opposing blocker into the middle of the GVSU court. The Bulldogs went on to drop the tightly-contested match in five sets, succumbing in the final set to the Lakers, 15-13.
The play, which can be viewed on the AVCA’s YouTube channel by clicking here, will now join the coming weeks’ finalists in becoming eligible for the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year, to be announced at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet on Friday, Dec. 18, at the AVCA Convention in Tampa, Fla.
About Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week
New for the 2009 season, AVCA member schools will have the opportunity to submit up to three (3) plays per week to be voted on by coaches, players, fans and the general public for the chance to be named Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week. Deadline for video submission will be Tuesdays at 11:00 am (ET) for plays from the previous week (Monday-Sunday). The submitted plays for each week will be narrowed down to five, and those five will be posted to the AVCA Web site on Thursday to be voted on. Voting will take place on the AVCA Web site and will run through the following Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week will then be announced via press release the following day. For more information on the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week, visit the AVCA Web Site.
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