Bulldogs' 28 regular-season matches features 12 home encounters

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Ferris State Volleyball's 2008 schedule features six teams listed in the final 2007 CSTV/AVCA Division II Top 25 Poll.
The Ferris State University women's volleyball team will take to the court for the upcoming 2008 season facing a challenging schedule, which was released by 13th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

FSU is slated to play 28 regular-season matches in the 2008 campaign, including eight non-conference matches to begin the season. Six of the Bulldogs' 2008 opponents were listed in the final CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.

"We are excited about our schedule which is loaded with top talent and competition," said Brandel-Wilhelm, who ranks second among Ferris State women's volleyball's all-time winningest coaches. "It's great to start the season in front of our home crowd and the home tournament (Ferris State Invitational) will give our fans plenty of opportunity to see the 2008 Bulldogs in action.

"We have some new promotions planned for our home matches which will make the game experience even more exciting for our players and fans," added Brandel.

Ferris State kicks off its 2008 schedule and the program's 36th season of varsity competition hosting Aquinas in an Aug. 28 non-conference home match at the Ewigleben Sports Arena.The Bulldogs then prepare to host the Ferris State Invitational (Aug. 29-30). The annual tourney will be held on three courts between the Ewigleben Sports Arena and Jim Wink Arena, both on the FSU campus. Participants include nationally 16th-ranked Hillsdale, Indiana (Pa.), Mercyhurst, Saginaw Valley State, fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth, Urbana (Ohio), and Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.). The Bulldogs entertain Indiana (Pa.) in the 2008 season opener (Aug. 29) before taking on Wheeling Jesuit in their final match of the day. FSU wraps up the non-conference tourney (Aug. 30) with contests versus Minnesota-Duluth and Urbana (Ohio).

The Bulldogs hit the road Sept. 5-6 for four non-league matches at the Tampa (Fla.) Labor Day Classic. Ferris State's opposition will consist of Eckerd (Fla.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Minnesota State, and host Tampa. Minnesota State was ranked 21st in last season's final CSTV/AVCA Poll while Tampa finished fourth.

"We're going to have some tough matches at the Tampa Tournament which should prepare us well for the conference season," said Brandel-Wihelm. "The GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) race will be as demanding as ever with a number of conference teams expected to be among the nation's best."

Ferris State is on the road for the first weekend of its 16-match GLIAC schedule, traveling to Northwood on Sept. 12 and at Wayne State on Sept. 13. The first home conference match is Sept. 19 against Northern Michigan and represents the initial home outing of seven GLIAC home encounters.

The Bulldogs will face West Michigan archrival and seventh-ranked Grand Valley State in a home-and-home league matchup. FSU visits the Lakers Sept. 16 before hosting GVSU on Oct. 24. Following the final regular-season match against Grand Valley State, the Bulldogs close out the home portion of their schedule with matches versus Lake Superior State (Oct. 31) and Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 1).

The final two regular-season matches will take place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with contests against Northern Michigan (Nov. 7) and Michigan Tech (Nov. 8). The GLIAC Tournament will begin Nov. 12 with quarterfinal-round action to be held at a campus site. The semifinals and championship for the conference tourney are scheduled for Nov. 15-16.

Two scheduling changes for the 2008 season will be a league road match at Tiffin (Ohio) on Oct. 11, which officially joins the GLIAC after former members Mercyhurst (Pa.) and Gannon (Pa.) moved to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Ferris will also participate in the GLIAC/GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) Challenge on Oct. 17-18 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play two matches on the opening day (Oct. 17) and one match in the final day (Oct. 18).

The sixth nationally-ranked opponent the Bulldogs will face this season is 20th-ranked Ashland on Oct. 10 in a conference road tilt.

Ferris State finished the 2007 season with a 20-10 overall record as the squad's victory total represented the ninth time in the last 10 seasons in which the Bulldogs have reached the 20-win plateau. Ferris also registered the program's 10th consecutive winning campaign last fall and the 2007 season marked the 27th straight year of the Bulldogs producing a double-digit wins total. FSU, which returns 12 of its 18 2007 squad members for the upcoming 2008 campaign, also made its 10th straight GLIAC Tournament appearance a season ago.

The Bulldogs have registered a combined 340-199 (.631 winning pct.) all-time record against their 2008 opponents. FSU is 319-185 (.633 winning pct.) versus GLIAC opponents and sports a 21-14 mark (.600 winning pct.) mark against the 2008 non-league foes. Ferris State will play Eckerd (Fla.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Indiana (Pa.), and Urbana (Ohio) for the first-time ever this upcoming season.

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