Local Prep Volleyball Player Added To Bulldogs' 2006 Recruiting Class

Ferris State Volleyball The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has signed Dana Ruttle (Reed City) a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the fall 2006 season. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs' 10th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

Ruttle, a 5-7 setter, garnered Big Rapids Pioneer Player of the Year honors following her junior season at Reed City High School in 2004-05. The two-time all-conference player served as team captain last campaign.

"Dana is an awesome competitor who will bring a great deal of intensity to our team," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "We're excited to have her join our program and expect her to compete at the setter position early in her career."

A four-year letterwinner, Ruttle helped guide the Coyotes to a district championship during her volleyball playing career. Besides volleyball, she also participated in basketball and was an honorable mention all-state player as well as a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Fifth-Team selection in 2004-05. Ruttle also has competed in varsity softball at RCHS.

"Dana's an excellent athlete and we're pleased a local player of her ability has decided to continue her career in our program," Brandel-Wilhelm said.

Ruttle is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Ruttle and joins Sarah Lark (Alma), Whitney Rupp (West Bloomfield/Mercy), Meredith Doyle (Farmington Hills/Mercy) and Amanda Kettlewell (St. Clair/Marysville) as the Bulldogs' 2006 signees to date. She plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

Ferris State concluded the 2005 campaign with a 22-10 overall record and recorded the program's seventh 20-win season in the last eight years to date. FSU, which reached the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament for the eighth year in a row, also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 13th time in school history.

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