Talented Lake City Standout Makes Decision To Play For The Bulldogs

The Ferris State University women's volleyball program recently added yet another prep recruit as setter/outside hitter Leslie Swanson (Lake City) announced her intentions to join the Bulldogs starting with the fall 2007 season. Head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who will embark on her 12th season in August, made the announcement.

Incoming Bulldog Recruit
Leslie Swanson
The Ferris State women's volleyball program has added Lake City's Leslie Swanson (front). Pictured with her (left to right) are her parents David and Lisa Swanson along with prep head coach Ken Stull (Courtesy Photo)
The 5-6 Swanson guided Lake City High School to a 55-10-2 overall record during the 2006-07 campaign under head coach Ken Stull. Swanson compiled 513 assists, 300 digs, 218 kills and 48 service aces while earning All-Highland Conference honors for the fourth consecutive year and being chosen as the team's Most Valuable Player Award recipient.

"Leslie's been in our gym for camps and clinics over the past six years and is a Bulldog through and through," Brandel-Wilhelm said. "She's a good athlete with an exceptional work ethic, drive and heart. We're truly excited to add Leslie to our volleyball program."

The two-time Michigan Class C Honorable Mention All-State selection also attained all-region honors for the second-straight year and was named captain of the Cadillac News Dream Team. Swanson received Cadillac News All-Area honors for the fourth year in a row and was also honored by the Traverse City Record-Eagle for the third time in her career. Additionally, she was an individual Academic All-State pick.

Swanson concluded her career by setting school records for highest serve reception rate (82%), career kills (957), career assists (2,230), aces in a single-season (99) and career aces (307). She tallied a personal career-high 603 assists and 317 kills as the Trojans posted a 48-13-3 overall mark in the 2005-06 season. Swanson netted 578 assists, 244 kills and 99 aces for LCHS in 2004-05 after posting 536 assists, 178 kills and 77 aces as a freshman (2003-04).

"I started going to camp at Ferris after my sixth grade year and have always wanted to be a part of the amazing atmosphere," Swanson said. "I've had it set in my head for some time that I wanted to go to school and play volleyball at Ferris State."

Swanson led Lake City to back-to-back Highland Conference crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05 and helped the squad earn a district championship in 2005-06. In addition, the Trojans were also honored as a team academic all-state award winner each of the last three years. The Trojans won five of eight invitational tournament titles in her senior season. In addition to competing for the Trojans, Swanson also played USA Volleyball for the Highland and Asakum Volleyball Clubs under head coach Jeff Deitrick.

Besides volleyball, Swanson competed in cross country four years and participated in track and field as a senior at Lake City. She was active in the school's student council, varsity club and National Honor Society. The daughter of David and Lisa Swanson, Leslie plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

Swanson joins prep hitter Ashley Nugent (Jackson/Northwest), middle hitter Arielle Goodson (Grand Rapids/Central), middle/outside hitter Susan “Danielle” Hamilton (Galesburg/Galesburg-August) and libero/defensive specialist Lisa Tobiczyk (Marysville) as incoming recruits for the 2007 campaign.

The Ferris State women’s volleyball squad posted a 21-9 overall record and reached the NCAA-II Tournament for the 14th time in school history during the 2006 season. FSU also posted its eighth 20-win campaign in the last nine years to date while reaching the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Postseason Tournament for the ninth consecutive year.

The Bulldogs are slated to open the 2007 season by hosting the annual Ferris State Invitational Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, involving 12 teams with matches held on three courts at the Ewigleben Sports Complex in Big Rapids, Mich.

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