Thirteen Home Dates Among FSU’s 30 Regular-Season Outings This Campaign

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Bulldog fans will have 13 opportunities to see FSU Volleyball in action at home this campaign
Thirteen regular-season home matches along with 10 matches versus seven schools ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll highlight the 2005 Ferris State University women’s volleyball schedule, which was announced today (Aug. 16) by the FSU Athletics Department.

Ferris State claimed its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004 after winning the league’s annual postseason tournament for the first time ever. FSU concluded the 2004 campaign with a 25-7 overall record and a second place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 12th time in school history.

“Our team will be extremely balanced this year and we’re excited to defend our conference championship,” said 10th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who presently holds a 190-96 (.664) record at FSU to date. “The GLIAC is always a tough league so we’ll have to be prepared to play well each time we step on the court.

“We’ll be extremely deep as well as dynamic and athletic this season. Although the schedule is challenging, we do have a lot of experience coming back and a number of players who redshirted last year will be ready to play.”

Ferris will open its 33rd season of varsity competition by hosting West Virginia State Thursday, Aug. 25, in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference outing at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs will then host the two-day FSU Holiday Inn Invitational featuring 10 schools Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, on three courts at the Ewigleben Sports Arena and Ferris' Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs, who hosted their own invitational for the first time since 2001 last campaign, have compiled a 23-0 cumulative mark in non-conference home outings during Brandel-Wilhelm’s tenure. FSU is slated to face Lees-McRae (N.C.) and Lock Haven (Pa.) Friday, Aug. 26, at 12 p.m. (EDT) and 6 p.m. (EDT), respectively. The Bulldogs will then battle Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) and Seattle Pacific (Wash.) on Saturday, Aug. 27, with match times beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT) and 5 p.m. (EDT).

Ferris continues the 12-match non-conference portion of its schedule by taking part in both the Amerihost-Grand Valley State Fall Classic (Sept. 2-3) in Allendale, Mich., and the Findlay Classic (Sept. 9-10) at Findlay, Ohio. FSU will face Wheeling Jesuit, Minnesota-Duluth, Central Washington and Arkansas Tech in the Amerihost-GVSU Fall Classic before meeting Bellarmine (Ky.), Concord (W.Va.) along with Edinboro (Pa.) at the Findlay Classic.

The Bulldogs start GLIAC action with back-to-back road contests at Northwood (Sept. 16) and Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 17). FSU then begins a five-match conference homestand versus Ashland (Sept. 23), Findlay (Sept. 24), Michigan Tech (Sept. 30), Northern Michigan (Oct. 1) and Lake Superior State (Oct. 2).

The Bulldogs’ remaining home schedule includes league contests against Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 21), Northwood (Oct. 22) and the regular-season finale versus Grand Valley State (Nov. 4).

Following its league-opening road trip, Ferris hits the road for GLIAC matchups versus Mercyhurst (Oct. 7), Gannon (Oct. 8), Grand Valley State (Oct. 11), Hillsdale (Oct. 14) and Wayne State (Oct. 15). FSU will also make a trek to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to face Lake Superior State (Oct. 28), Michigan Tech (Oct. 29) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 30) during its 18-match league slate.

Among the nationally-ranked preseason opponents the Bulldogs will face this season are fourth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth, Northern Michigan (11th), Central Washington (12th), Grand Valley State (14th), Northwood (16th), Lock Haven (24th) and Ashland (25th). Ferris will also square off against two teams listed among other schools receiving votes in the AVCA’s poll including Hillsdale and Findlay.

Ferris State compiled the program's seventh consecutive winning campaign in 2004. The Bulldogs return 15 of their 20 squad members from last season’s league championship team for the 2005 campaign after making the program’s seventh-straight league tournament appearance a year ago.

The Bulldogs have compiled a 229-60 (.792) record to date in 24 seasons of competition at Ewigleben Sports Arena since moving from the Health and Physical Education (HPE) Building in 1981. Ferris, which has compiled six undefeated home seasons in the facility, registered a 12-3 mark at home in 2004.

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