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REED CITY'S DANA RUTTLE COMMITS TO FERRIS STATE

Local Prep Volleyball Player Added To Bulldogs' 2006 Recruiting Class

Ferris State Volleyball The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has signed Dana Ruttle (Reed City) a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the fall 2006 season. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs' 10th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

Ruttle, a 5-7 setter, garnered Big Rapids Pioneer Player of the Year honors following her junior season at Reed City High School in 2004-05. The two-time all-conference player served as team captain last campaign.

"Dana is an awesome competitor who will bring a great deal of intensity to our team," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "We're excited to have her join our program and expect her to compete at the setter position early in her career."

A four-year letterwinner, Ruttle helped guide the Coyotes to a district championship during her volleyball playing career. Besides volleyball, she also participated in basketball and was an honorable mention all-state player as well as a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Fifth-Team selection in 2004-05. Ruttle also has competed in varsity softball at RCHS.

"Dana's an excellent athlete and we're pleased a local player of her ability has decided to continue her career in our program," Brandel-Wilhelm said.

Ruttle is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Ruttle and joins Sarah Lark (Alma), Whitney Rupp (West Bloomfield/Mercy), Meredith Doyle (Farmington Hills/Mercy) and Amanda Kettlewell (St. Clair/Marysville) as the Bulldogs' 2006 signees to date. She plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

Ferris State concluded the 2005 campaign with a 22-10 overall record and recorded the program's seventh 20-win season in the last eight years to date. FSU, which reached the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament for the eighth year in a row, also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 13th time in school history.

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