Ferris State University women's volleyball All-American Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central) has been selected as the university's nominee for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award which is presented annually to graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
Goodson, who graduated this May 2011, is one of a record 473 college and university nominees received for the 21st annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The process starts with NCAA member institutions from all three divisions submitting their top graduating female student-athlete for consideration. Conferences then assess each nominee’s eligibility and select one woman to represent their respective conference. Those names are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which is tasked with choosing the top 10 honorees in each division. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.
To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
Goodson closed out her highly-productive four-year (2007-10) career this past fall by receiving 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Second-Team recognition and was tabbed the 2010-11 Helen Bennett Award recipient as the Bulldogs' most outstanding senior female student-athlete.
A two-time (2009 and 2010) AVCA All-Midwest Region selection, Goodson attained All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team kudos in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The 6-2 middle hitter, who claimed 2010 Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region laurels, also landed a spot on both the Ferris State Invitational and GLIAC Tournament teams for the 2010 campaign.
The 2010 team's Most Valuable Player, Goodson generated a career season-best 428 kills in 2010 and averaged 4.04 kills per set while producing a career single-season high .296 hitting percentage as Ferris State notched its 13th consecutive winning season this last fall with an 18-10 overall record. She also accumulated 97 total blocks on the season, which included 27 block solos, to go along with a career season-best 30 service aces as a starter in all 27 outings played in. Goodson, a 2008 All-GLIAC Second-Team member, amassed 520 total points for a squad-high 4.91 points per set in 102 total sets this campaign. The two-time (Oct. 11 and 25) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week selection chalked up double-digit kills in 24 matches this season, which included 11 of her last 12 appearances.
Goodson concludes her Ferris State career presently ranking third among the program's all-time leaders in block solos (108), ninth in total blocks (399), 12th in kills (1,212), 13th in attack percentage (.248), and 15th in block assists (291). She competed in 116 matches for her career which included 431 sets.
Academically, the 2010 Bulldog team captain was a two-time (2009 and 2010) GLIAC All-Academic Team member. Off the court, Goodson is heavily involved in community projects and volunteering her time assisting with others less fortunate. She has been active volunteer with the United Way, the Red Cross, Bethany Christian Services, Metron Nursing Home, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Veterans Home, Cranhill Christian Ranch among several others. Goodson was also an attendee of the 2009 NCAA Leadership Academy and plans to study abroad in India this year.
The top 10 honorees in each division for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced in August, and the field of 30 semifinalists will be narrowed to three in each division in September. Finally, the top 10 honorees and nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at an awards dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16 in Indianapolis, Ind.
*2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees* - (PDF)