Rogers City Standout To Follow All-America Sister To Ferris State

Ferris State University women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm announced the addition of outside hitter Dana Fairbanks (Rogers City) to the Bulldogs' 2007 recruiting class.

Fairbanks, the younger sister of former FSU All-American Karla Fairbanks, will enroll at Ferris State and join the program this fall. She represents the sixth prep player to sign with the Bulldogs prior to the start of the 2007 season.

"Dana is a great athlete who has an outstanding work ethic," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "We are truly excited to add her to our program. She is a utility player who will add depth for us at a number of positions."

A three-time (2005-07) first-team all-conference selection at Rogers City High School, Fairbanks was named the Straight Area Conference's Player of the Year for the 2006 season and received team Most Valuable Player accolades. As a junior in 2006, she registered 358 kills while totaling 93 blocks and 314 digs in 129 games for head coach Mary Fairbanks' squad. The two-time (2006-07) all-region dream team pick, Fairbanks helped lead the Hurons to both a conference and district championship title in the 2007 campaign. In her senior season, the 5-8 outside hitter produced 409 kills to go along with 69 blocks and 372 digs in 143 games as RCHS posted a 34-24-3 overall record.

The two-time (2006-07) all-region performer racked up 202 kills, 25 service aces, 71 blocks, and 209 during her sophomore year in 2005 as the Hurons finished with a 42-11-0 overall mark.

Fairbanks was chosen as an all-conference dream team honoree three straight seasons (2005-07) and was named to the 2007 Rogers City Invitational All-Tournament Team. She competed six years for the Rogers City Juniors club team which was coached by her mother, Mary Fairbanks.

Along with being a four-year (2004-07) volleyball letterwinner, Rogers played three seasons (2005-07) of girls' basketball at the varsity level and received the 2006 squad's Most Valuable Player Award. She also garnered all-conference honorable mention kudos in back-to-back seasons (2006 and 2007) on the basketball court. Fairbanks was involved in the school's student council for two years (2003 and 2005) and served as a coach of the junior high school program for three years (2005-07).

The daughter of Russell and Mary Fairbanks, Dana is the youngest of six children and four daughters. One of her three sisters, Karla was a two-time (2003-04) All-America selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) while another sister, Lauren, recently concluded her collegiate women's outdoor track and field career (2004-07) at Central Michigan University.

Besides Fairbanks, the 2007 Bulldog recruiting class is comprised of setter/outside hitterLeslie Swanson (Lake City), outside hitter Ashley Nugent (Jackson/Northwest), middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central), middle/outside hitter Danielle Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-August) and libero/defensive specialist Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville).

Ferris State is coming off a successful 2006 season as the Bulldogs registered a 21-9 overall mark and made their 14th NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in school history. The Bulldogs also recorded their eighth 20-win campaign in the last nine years to date and earned a berth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Postseason Tournament for the ninth consecutive season.

The Bulldogs will start the 2007 season by hosting the annual Ferris State Invitational Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Complex in Big Rapids, Mich.

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