FERRIS VOLLEYBALL DONATES SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO LOCAL ELEMENTARY
Senior middle hitter Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) and senior outside hitter Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) of the Ferris State University women's volleyball team visited Riverview Elementary last Tuesday (Sept. 26) morning to distribute various school supplies the FSU Athletics Department collected as part of its "Back To School Night" event. The promotion was held in conjunction with the Bulldogs' 2006 season-opening home volleyball win (Aug. 24) over Saint Joseph's (Ind.) at Ferris' Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
Fans attending the "Back To School Night" contest received free admission to the match by donating various school supplies in new package condition. Among the many items the department received and in turn donated to the school were notebooks, folders, pencils, markers, pens, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, pencil cases and paper. The senior captains dropped off nearly 100 individually-packaged items which were collected to be used throughout the building's elementary classrooms. The second annual promotion was organized by Mike Haggerty, who serves as FSU's Events, Facilities and Marketing Manager. Last season (2005), the department collected more than 100 items for the Eastwood Early Childhood Center in Big Rapids.
Pictured displaying the various items received are students in Marge Kirinovic's classroom at Riverview. The back row includes White (left), Mrs. Kirinovic (middle) and Baucher (right). Riverview Elementary, which is part of the Big Rapids Public Schools system, offers classes from first grade thru fifth grade with approximately 250 students. Mrs. Kirinovic is the wife of FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic.
Ferris State, which currently holds a 15-3 overall mark and is 7-2 in league play, has won six of its last seven outings to date this season. The Bulldogs will host archrival and defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State Tuesday, Oct. 3, in a 7 p.m. (EDT) league contest inside FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena. GVSU is ranked first nationally in this week's (Oct. 2) CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Top 25 Poll.
The nationally top-ranked Lakers presently are first (9-0) in the GLIAC North Division with Ferris second (7-2) entering the match. Bulldog fans are encouraged to wear either yellow or gold shirts for the match and a near-capacity crowd is expected to attend.
Following Tuesday's match, Ferris will then square off against nationally ninth-ranked and currently unbeaten Hillsdale Friday, Oct. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) before taking on Wayne State Saturday, Oct. 7, with match time set for 4 p.m. (EDT). Both league encounters will be in Big Rapids.