BULLDOGS ADD HUNTEY AND SUTTON TO VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Ferris State Lands Two More Recruits To Its Class
The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has increased its recruiting class to four with the addition of Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood) and Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview) as the pair have made a committment to attend and play women's volleyball at Ferris State in 2008. The announcement was made by FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who completed her 12th year at the helm in the 2007 season.
"Both of these student-athletes are not only motivated in the gym, but also in the classroom," said Brandel-Wihelm. "They're terrific individuals who will represent Ferris State women's volleyball proudly."
Huntey and Sutton join fellow prep student-athletes Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) (pronounced For-dice)and Mallory Kopa (Marysville) (pronounced KO-pah) as early signees to ink with the Bulldogs. All four will graduate from high school in the spring of 2008.
Huntey achieved all-state recognition all four (2004-07) varsity seasons at Morley-Stanwood High School and played an integral role in leading the Mohawks to the 2007 Class C State Championship title. The 5-10 outside hitter recorded a match-leading 12 kills and had 11 digs in the state finals contest as MSHS concluded the 2007 season at 51-4-2 overall under the direction of head coach Robin Kozuch. Huntey also garnered all-conference, all-region and all-area accolades in each of her four prep seasons along with being chosen as the Pioneer Dream Team Player of the Year in her last two prep seasons (2006-07). The 2007 team captain recorded 558 kills on 1,205 hitting attempts for a .356 attack percentage while also notching 77 service aces, 29 block solos, 70 block assists, and 558 digs as a senior. MSHS captured four regular-season tournament titles and were conference championships in the 2007 campaign. In her 2006-07 junior season, Huntey compiled 500 kills with 94 aces and 663 digs as the Mohawks won both league and district championships.
A standout athlete, Huntey has attained both all-conference and all-area honors in basketball the last three seasons (2004-06). The team captain not only earned all-state laurels as a junior (2006), but also was named as the Pioneer Dream Team Player of the Year. Huntey also picked up all-league and all-area recognition in softball this past 2007 season.
Huntey played for the Game National 17 Black Volleyball Club under head coach Nicole Bayle. A member of the National Honor Society, Huntey has been active in the school's Varsity Club, Prom Committee, Community Service and Project Outreach organizations.
The daughter of Clark and Christine Huntey of Stanwood, Mich., Ashley will pursue a nursing degree at Ferris State. Her father played baseball at Central Michigan University.
"Ashley is a great competitor and athlete," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "She is a winner and a strong leader who led her team to the 2007 state championship. We are so excited to have her join our program.
"Ashley is a mature and smart outside attacker. We expect her to compete for playing time early in her collegiate career," added Brandel-Wilhelm.
Sutton, a 6-2 middle blocker-opposite hitter, received All-O.K. White Conference honors in each of her final two prep seasons at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. The two-time team captain claimed all-region laurels as a senior this season for the Wildcats, who are coached by Kris Schrotenboer. Sutton was the team's recipient of the Most Improved Player Award as a sophomore and was tabbed as the squad's Best Offensive Player in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She also is a three-year member of the NHS' girls basketball team.
Sutton has participated in club volleyball since the seventh grade. Besides sports, Sutton has been involved in the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and the Wildcats' Marching Band.
Anne, the daughter of Todd and Ellen Sutton of Grand Rapids, Mich., will either study in pre-physical therapy or graphic design at Ferris State.
"Anne will provide us with a big presence in the middle," Brandel-Wihelm said. "Her height and coordination will help her be a force at the net. She is a true Bulldog and is a solid addition to our team."
Ferris State closed out its 2007 season with a 20-10 overall record as the team's wins total marked the ninth time in the last 10 seasons in which the Bulldogs have won at least 20 matches in a single season. Ferris State also registered the program's 10th consecutive winning campaign in 2007 as the Bulldogs reached the double-figure wins total for the 27th straight year.