FSU Volleyball Ferris State University women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm visited the Eastwood Early Childhood Center Thursday (Sept. 1) morning to distribute various school supplies the FSU Athletics Department collected as part of its "Back To School Night" event. The promotion was held in conjunction with the Bulldogs' 2005 season-opening home volleyball win over West Virginia State last Thursday (Aug. 25) at Ferris' Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Fans attending the "Back To School Night" contest received free admission to the match by donating various school supplies in new package condition. Among the many items the department received and in turn donated to the school were notebooks, folders, pencils, markers, pens, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, pencil cases and paper. Brandel-Wilhelm dropped off more than 100 individually-packaged items which were collected to be used throughout the building's elementary classrooms. The promotion was organized by Mike Haggerty, who serves as FSU's Events, Facilities and Marketing Manager.

Pictured displaying the various items received are students in Robyn Anderson's kindergarten classroom at Eastwood. The back row includes Eastwood teachers Jennifer Bentley (left), Scott Pieratt (second from left), Brandel-Wilhelm (second from right) and Anderson (far right). The Eastwood Early Childhood Center, which is part of the Big Rapids Public Schools system, is home to all kindergarten classrooms in the district, a primary classroom, a special education preschool classroom, Focus on Fours and the Early Success program.

The Bulldogs, who were ranked 17th in the 2005 CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll, defeated West Virginia State by a score of 3-0 (30-24, 30-17, 30-18) in their first match of the year. The squad then posted four consecutive victories in the FSU Holiday Inn Invitational last Friday and Saturday (Aug. 25-26) to open the year with a perfect 5-0 mark.

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.

FSU will take part in the Amerihost-Grand Valley State Fall Classic this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3, in Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs will face non-conference foes Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.), Minnesota-Duluth, Central Washington and Arkansas Tech in the event.

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