2002 Ferris State Volleyball Quick Facts

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City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307-2741
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 10,930
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and gold
Arena: Ewigleben Sports Arena
Capacity: 600
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. William A. Sederburg
Alma Mater, Yr.: Minnesota State-Mankato, 1969
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Alma Mater, Yr.: Ferris State, 1977
Email: kirinovt@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Director: Brian Kegler (Northern Iowa, 1998)
Senior Women's Administrator: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990)
Coordinator of Records & NCAA: Carma Burcham
Faculty Athletics Representative: Mark Kosciuszko
Athletics Department Phone: (231) 591-2860
Athletics Department Fax: (231) 591-2869
Ticket Office Phone: (231) 591-2888

First Year of Volleyball: 1972
Overall All-Time Record: 628-369 (.630)
Conference All-Time Record: 245-138 (.640)
No. years in NCAA Tourney/Last: 10/1999
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 7-11 (.388)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Northern Kentucky
Result: Lost 3-1
No. years in GLIAC Tourney/Last: 4/2001
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Northwood
Result: Lost 3-0

Athletics Communications Director: Joe Gorby
    SID Office Phone: (231) 591-2336
    Home Phone: (231) 796-2732
    Email Address: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Communications Director (Volleyball Contact): Rob Bentley
    Office Phone: (231) 591-3821
    Home Phone: (231) 796-1178
    Email Address: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Mailing Address: 330 Oak Street, West Bldg., Room 025, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2031
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

Local Newspaper: Big Rapids Pioneer
Contact Person: Sandy Gholston
Address: 502 North State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 592-8363
Email: sgholston@pioneergroup.net

Head Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
    Alma Mater/Year: Alma, 1990
    Year Entering At School: Seventh
    Record at Ferris State (yrs.): 126-68 (.649)/Six
    Career Record (yrs.): 244-88 (.735)/Nine
    Record vs. the GLIAC (all matches): 80-47 (.630)
Volleyball Office Phone: (231) 591-2871
Best time/day to reach coach: M-F 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Assistant Coaches (Alma Mater):
    Jason Smith (Graceland, 1992) - 2nd season
    Sarah Dehring (Student Assistant) - 1st season
Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Volleyball): Tim Glover, ATC
Office Phone: (231) 591-2872
Equipment Managers: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C., John Whitford, E.M.,C.

2001 Overall Record: 21-11
Conference Record/Finish: 12-6/T2nd - North Division
2001 Non-Conference Record: 9-5
2001 Record At Home/Conference: 11-3/7-3
2001 Record Away/Conference: 5-4/5-3
2001 Record on Neutral Courts: 5-4
Final 2001 Ranking (poll): n/a
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/1
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/4

Starters Returning:
    Angie Desmarais, MH/Libero, 5-11, Sr.
    Karla Fairbanks, MH/OH, 5-11, So.
    Ashley Green, S, 5-9, So.
    Alaina Olds, MH, 5-11, Sr.
    Kate Pickvet, OH, 5-11, Sr.
    Stephanie Speed, OH, 5-8, Sr.

Other Returning Letterwinners:
    Annie Foster, OH, 5-10, So.
    Erin Rind, OH, 5-10, Sr.

Starters Lost:
    Erin Minnis, MH, 6-0

All-Star Candidates:
    Alaina Olds (2001 All-GLIAC, All-Great Lakes Region, GLIAC All-Tournament Team)
    Stephanie Speed (2001 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention)

Returning Statistical Leaders:
    Angie Desmarais*** (MH/Libero, 5-11, Sr.): 188 digs, 22 aces
    Karla Fairbanks* (MH/OH, 5-11, So.): 166 kills, 132 digs, 69 blocks
    Ashley Green* (S, 5-9, So.): 965 assists, 197 digs, 25 blocks
    Alaina Olds*** (MH, 5-11, Sr.): 405 kills, 148 blocks, 243 digs
    Kate Pickvet*** (OH, 5-11, Sr.): 285 kills, 70 digs, 73 blocks
    Erin Rind*** (OH, 5-10, Sr.): 58 kills, 136 digs, 29 aces
    Stephanie Speed** (OH, 5-8, Sr.): 238 kills, 360 digs, 48 aces
* - Denotes letters won

Key Losses:
    Erin Minnis, MH - 372 kills, 273 digs, 138 blocks, 63 service aces
    Emily Williams, S - 308 assists, 108 digs

Key Newcomers:
    Emily Clouse, S, 5-9, Fr.
    Brittny Godlewski, OH/Libero, 5-7, Fr.
    Lauren Heine, MH, 6-1, Fr.
    Adrienne Jager, OH, 5-9, Fr.
    Sarah Miller, RS, 6-3, R-Fr.
    Becky Thurau, MH, 6-4, R-Fr.

2002 Senior Class:
    Angie Desmarais, MH/Libero
    Alaina Olds, MH
    Kate Pickvet, OH
    Erin Rind, OH
    Stephanie Speed, OH

The 2002 campaign marks the 30th anniversary of the Ferris State women’s volleyball program.

Senior Alaina Olds was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region selection and a first-team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) pick during the 2001 campaign. The 5-11 Olds currently has 719 career kills and is 281 kills shy of becoming the 12th player in school history to record 1,000 career kills.

Olds led Ferris State in kills (405) and total blocks (148) last season while attaining second-team 2001 Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region honors. She earned GLIAC North Division Player of the Week laurels twice (Oct. 6 and Oct. 22) and was named to the 2001 GLIAC All-Tournament Team. Olds registered two triple-double (kills, digs and blocks) performances as a junior.

FSU finished the 2001 campaign with a 21-11 overall mark, which represented the 15th 20-win season in the 29-year history of the Ferris State volleyball program. The Bulldogs earned GLIAC Tournament runner-up honors for the third time in the last four seasons and registered a second-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division finish.

Four of Ferris’ 20-win campaigns have came under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 93-38 (.710) over the past four years and reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament in 1999.

Senior Kate Pickvet presently has 772 career kills and needs 228 more to register her 1,000th career kill.

The Bulldogs have five seniors in Stephanie Speed, Angie Desmarais, Erin Rind, Alaina Olds and Kate Pickvet. Eight players with starting experience return this season.

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