Fifteen Home Dates Among FSU’s 27 Regular-Season Outings This Campaign

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Bulldog fans will have 15 opportunities to see FSU Volleyball in action at home this campaign
Fifteen regular-season home matches along with a trip to Texas highlight the 2006 Ferris State University women’s volleyball schedule, which was announced today (Aug. 17) by the FSU Athletics Department.

Ferris State advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the 13th time in school history during the 2005 campaign after previously claiming its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004 by winning the league’s annual postseason tournament for the first time ever. FSU posted a 22-10 overall mark last season along with a third-place tying 12-6 mark in GLIAC North Division action.

“From top to bottom, there's not a better Division II volleyball conference,” said 11th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who presently holds a 212-106 (.667) record at FSU to date. “The league is always extremely balanced and we'll have to be prepared to play one match at a time."

Ferris will open its 34th season of varsity competition by hosting regional foe Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Thursday, Aug. 24, in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference outing at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The contest will mark the debut of first-year SJC head coach Jill (Behrns) Schopieray, who served two seasons each as both a player (1998-99) and the second assistant coach (2000-01) at Ferris before spending the last two campaigns as an assistant coach at NCAA-I Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

The Bulldogs will then host the annual two-day Ferris State Invitational featuring 11 schools Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, on three courts at the Ewigleben Sports Arena and Ferris' Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs have compiled a 28-0 cumulative mark in non-conference home outings during Brandel-Wilhelm’s tenure. FSU is slated to face California (Pa.) and Lees-McRae (N.C.) Friday, Aug. 25, at 12 p.m. (EDT) and 6 p.m. (EDT), respectively. The Bulldogs will then battle West Virginia State and Augustana on Saturday, Aug. 26, with match times beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT) and 6 p.m. (EDT).

Ferris continues the nine-match non-conference portion of its schedule by taking part in the Incarnate Word (Texas) Alamo City Classic (Sept. 1-2) in San Antonio, Texas. FSU will face Chadron State (Neb.), tourney host Incarnate Word, Midwestern State (Texas) and Western Oregon in the event.

The Bulldogs start GLIAC action with back-to-back home matches versus Northwood (Sept. 8) and Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 9). FSU then begins a five-match conference road swing at Ashland (Sept. 15) with additional encounters away from home at Findlay (Sept. 16), Lake Superior State (Sept. 21), Northern Michigan (Sept. 23) and Michigan Tech (Sept. 24).

The Bulldogs’ remaining schedule in the month of September includes league home contests against Mercyhurst (Sept. 29) and Gannon (Sept. 30). The Bulldogs will also host defending NCAA-II National Champion Grand Valley State (Oct. 3), Hillsdale (Oct. 6) and Wayne State (Oct. 7) to open the month of October.

Following its five-match September road swing, Ferris hits the road for GLIAC matchups versus Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 13) and Northwood (Oct. 14) before returning home to battle Lake Superior State (Oct. 20), Michigan Tech (Oct. 21) and Northern Michigan (Oct. 22). The Bulldogs wrap up their 18-match league slate with the regular-season finale at archrival Grand Valley State (Oct. 27).

Ferris State compiled the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign in 2005. The Bulldogs return 10 of their 19 squad members from last season’s team for the 2006 campaign after making the program’s eighth-straight league tournament appearance a year ago.

The Bulldogs have compiled a 240-62 (.795) record to date in 25 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 an 11-2 mark at home in 2005.

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Schedule Note: - Please note the starting time of FSU's match at Michigan Tech (Sept. 24) is at 2 p.m. (EDT). It was previously scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (EDT), but has since been changed.

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