Alma High School Product Announces Intentions To Join FSU Program

Sarah Lark Tenth-year Ferris State University women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has announced the addition of Sarah Lark (Alma), who has committed to attend FSU and play volleyball beginning with the 2006-07 academic year.

A 5-11 middle/outside hitter, Lark earned All-Mid Michigan B Conference and all-region laurels as a junior at Alma High School during the 2004-05 campaign. She helped guide the Panthers to a district championship last season under head coach Jennifer Tomanek.

"Sarah has a long build and is a strong athlete who will compete for playing time in the front row early in her career," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "In addition, she's the daughter of a coach and understands how to train and compete. She'll be a welcome addition to our program."

Lark, a two-time all-conference pick, led AHS to league championships in both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons along with a district crown in 2002-03. Lark has also been active in both USA Volleyball and developmental programs.

Besides volleyball, Lark has participated in both basketball along with track and field at Alma. An all-conference and all-area basketball selection, Lark has qualified for the state track and field championships three times as either a hurdler, high jumper and relay runner during her prep career. She picked up all-conference track and field honors for the third time as a junior in the 2005 season.

A four-year letterwinner, Lark has also taken part in the school's Youth Advisory Court, Class Advisory Board and Chorale programs. She was a member of AHS' homecoming court.

The daughter of Randy and Sonia Lark, Sarah plans to major in allied health at Ferris State. Her father currently serves as the head football coach at Alma High School and previously helped coach football for Ferris from 1984-86 after his playing career at Michigan State concluded in 1981. Her brother, Brett, is presently a member of the football program at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)-member Hillsdale.

Lark joins Whitney Rupp (West Bloomfield/Mercy) and Meredith Doyle (Farmington Hills/Mercy) as the Bulldogs' 2006 recruits to date.

Ferris State compiled the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign with a 22-10 overall record in 2005. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 13th time in school history and recorded their seventh 20-win campaign in the last eight years to date.

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