All-Region & All-State Honoree To Continue Career With The Bulldogs

The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has received a commitment from prep outside/middle hitter Amanda Kettlewell (St. Clair/Marysville), who has announced her intentions to attend and compete in volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2006-07 academic term. The announcement was made by 10th-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 5-10 Kettlewell led Marysville High School to an undefeated regular-season and Macomb Area Conference (MAC) Red Division title as a junior in 2004-05. The all-region honoree also received first-team all-conference and all-area recognition under head coach John Knuth.

Ferris State Volleyball "Amanda's an exciting and dynamic competitor who's a winner in every sense of the word both on and off-the-court," Brandel-Wilhelm said. "She will bring fire, intensity and a competitive spirit to our program."

Kettlewell claimed second-team Michigan Interscholastic Volleyall Coaches Association (MIVCA) All-State honors last campaign after registering the squad's highest attack percentage and most aces. The three-time league all-academic team pick previously led the Vikings to state championships in both 2002-03 and 2003-04. Marysville was a state semifinalist in 2004-05. The squad has won district and regional titles each of the last three years.

In addition to volleyball, Kettlewell has also participated in basketball along with track and field at MHS. She's played USA Volleyball for the Marysville Volleyball Club under head coach Randi Jakubiak and been active in the National Honor Society and Steering Committee.

Kettlewell, who's the daughter of Walter Kettlewell and Patrice Lottner, remains undecided on a major at Ferris State. She joins Sarah Lark (Alma), Whitney Rupp (West Bloomfield/Mercy) and Meredith Doyle (Farmington Hills/Mercy) as the Bulldogs' 2006 recruits to date.

Kettlewell will also become the second Viking player in recent years to join the Bulldogs program as former Marysville standout Brittny Godlewski recently concluded her four-year (2002-05) collegiate volleyball career at Ferris State and was honored as the squad's 2005 Most Valuable Player Award recipient.

Ferris State recorded the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign in 2005 and this year marked the 25th-straight year the Bulldogs have reached double-figures in victories. Ferris also advanced to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament for the eighth year in a row this campaign while the squad's 22-10 mark represented the school's seventh 20-win season in the last eight years to date. The Bulldogs took part in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 13th time in school history.

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