Grand Rapids Force
Sarah VanderMolen
"Bulldog In The USPV"

Former Ferris State University women's volleyball standout Sarah VanderMolen (1997-2000) made her United States Professional Volleyball League (USPV) debut on Feb. 6, 2002, with the Grand Rapids Force. The Force opened their inaugural season with a 24-26, 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Chicago Thunder at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mich.

One of 12 first-year Force players, VanderMolen was the only member of the 2002 team with non-NCAA Division I collegiate experience and among three non-Division I players in the entire league (48 total athletes).

Sarah VanderMolen
VanderMolen, who was acquired through the National Athlete Tryout Phase of the USPV Draft, compiled 86 digs in 41 games (2.1 dpg) at the Force's libero position during the 2002 campaign. She registered a season-high 16 digs in Grand Rapids' 3-0 win (25-19, 25-14, 25-20) over the St. Louis Quest on Feb. 24 at the DeltaPlex.

The Force, which was one of four teams in the first-year league, finished the season with a fourth-place 6-15 (19 points) overall record.

A two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II All-Great Lakes Region selection (1999 & 2000), the 23-year old VanderMolen became only the fifth Bulldog player to compile both 1,000 career kills and digs during her four-year career at Ferris State. The 5-10 outside hitter compiled 1,245 kills and 1,054 digs while twice (1999 & 2000) attaining both first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors and FSU Most Valuable Player accolades. A Charlotte, Mich., native, VanderMolen led the Bulldogs to a 21-9 overall mark and an 11-7 conference record as a senior during the fall 2000 season.

The USPV was founded to increase the booming popularity of women's volleyball, to offer professional athletic careers for women and to provide role models for today's youth.

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