Women's Volleyball

2002 Recruiting News

BULLDOGS ADD PREP STANDOUT LAUREN HEINE

Ypsilanti High School Product Will Join Program This Fall

May 20, 2002

2002 Recruits
Emily Clouse - Tiffin, Ohio
Brittny Godlewski - Marysville
Lauren Heine - Ypsilanti
Adrienne Jager - Kalamazoo
Prep volleyball standout Lauren Heine (Ypsilanti) (pronounced Hine) has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s volleyball at Ferris State University, beginning with the 2002-03 academic year. The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel.

A 6-1 middle hitter, Heine totaled 351 kills, 289 digs and 151 total blocks in leading Ypsilanti High School to a 32-12-3 overall record as a senior during the 2001-02 campaign. The two-time (2001-02) All-Michigan Mega Red Conference selection received honorable mention 2001-02 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class A All-State accolades and led the Braves to the 2002 Ypsilanti Classic Tournament Championship.

“Lauren is a strong athlete with huge potential,” Brandel said. “With a strong work ethic, she should be able to adapt well to the faster pace of collegiate volleyball.

“She has a competitive personality on the court and I expect her to add a great deal to our program,” added Brandel.

Heine, a two-time (2001-02) second-team Detroit News All-Metro Volleyball pick, registered 320 kills, 271 digs and 157 total blocks during her junior campaign as the Braves compiled a 23-13-6 overall mark. Prepped by Phil Lozen, Heine twice served as Ypsilanti’s team captain and was a two-time (2001-02) all-region honoree. The four-time (1999-2002) team Most Valuable Player Award winner also played club volleyball for the Motor City (1999), USA Michigan (2000-01) and Go Blue (2002) programs.

In addition to volleyball, Heine was active in the school’s yearbook staff, symphonic band and the homecoming float committee. The daughter of Nancy and the late George Heine, Lauren remains undecided on a major at Ferris State.

Heine joins Emily Clouse (Tiffin, Ohio/Bascom Hopewell-Loudon), Brittny Godlewski (St. Clair Township/Marysville) and Adrienne Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock) as 2002 Ferris State volleyball recruits.

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 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (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. Ferris will open the 2002 campaign Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) Invitational in Wheeling, W.Va.


FERRIS STATE SIGNS PREP STANDOUT ADRIENNE JAGER

Two-Time All-Conference Player Is FSU’s Latest Women’s Volleyball Recruit

May 19, 2002

Sixth-year Ferris State University women’s volleyball head coach Tia Brandel has announced the addition of prep volleyball outside hitter Adrienne Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock) (pronounced Yea-GUR), who has committed to attend FSU and play volleyball beginning with the 2002-03 academic year.

“Adrienne is a quick and athletic player,” Brandel said. “We are excited to have her join our program and believe she will fit in well with our fast-paced aggressive style of play.”

The 5-9 Jager, who also intends to play softball at FSU, tallied 494 kills, 412 digs and 118 total blocks while leading Comstock High School to a 34-22 overall mark as a senior during the 2001-02 campaign. The third-team 2001-02 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class B All-State pick garnered first-team 2001-02 All-Wolverine Athletic Conference honors for the second consecutive season.

“Adrienne’s strong competitiveness and outstanding desire to learn will help her have an early impact in her career at Ferris State,” Brandel said.

A four-year letterwinner, Jager added 98 service aces, 46 assists and 27 solo blocks in her final season under head coach Jeff Borr. The honorable mention 2000-01 MIVCA Class B All-State selection led the Colts to two league titles (1999, 2002) and twice (2001-02) served as the team captain.

An honorable mention 2001 Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association (MHSSCA) Division 2 All-State honoree, Jager guided the Colts to a regional tournament appearance and MHSSCA Division 2 All-Academic Team laurels last season (2001) under head coach Jason Porter. The first baseman/outfielder currently serves as team captain for Comstock, which has been ranked in the MHSSCA Division 2 Top 10 poll this campaign. Jager has also been involved in the school’s student volunteer program.

The daughter of Sue Sarters and Brian Jager, Adrienne plans to major in education at Ferris State. She joins Emily Clouse (Tiffin, Ohio/Bascom Hopewell-Loudon) and Brittny Godlewski (St. Clair Township/Marysville) as 2002 FSU women’s volleyball recruits.

Ferris State concluded the 2001-02 campaign with a 21-11 overall mark, which included a fourth-place (North Division) 12-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish. The Bulldogs will open the 2002 campaign Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) Invitational in Wheeling, W.Va.


BRITTNY GODLEWSKI SIGNS WITH FERRIS STATE

Bulldog Volleyball Program Lands Another Talented Recruit For Next Season

May 17, 2002

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed Brittny Godlewski (St. Clair Township/Marysville) (pronounced God-LEW-ski) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the fall 2002 season. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ sixth-year head coach Tia Brandel.

“Brittny is a winner and champion in every aspect both on and off the court,” Brandel said. “We are extremely excited to have her join our program.”

A 5-7 outside hitter, Godlewski tallied 381 kills, 488 digs and 52 service aces while leading Marysville High School to a 62-1 overall record and the program’s state record-setting sixth consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Championship as a senior during the 2001-02 campaign. The first-team 2001-02 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class B All-State honoree registered 12 kills and seven digs in the Vikings’ two game (15-6, 15-7) win over Fruitport in the Class B title match (March 16) at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“Brittny is quick and tenacious in her play,” Brandel said. “Her athleticism and work ethic will allow her to make an immediate impact in our program.”

A second-team 2001 MIVCA All-State pick, Godlewski was a three-time (1999-2001) academic all-state selection and a first-team 2002 Detroit News All-Metro Volleyball honoree. The Vikings’ 2002 team captain also attained 2002 Port Huron Times Herald Player of the Year accolades and Macomb Area Conference Red Division Co-Most Valuable Player recognition. She led Marysville to its 13th consecutive regional title and 14th straight district championship this past season. During her prep career, the Vikings compiled a 240-3 (.988) overall record under head coach John Knuth.

Godlewski also participated in basketball, softball and track at Marysville. She received both honorable mention all-league basketball and softball laurels (2001) while also garnering basketball Most Improved Player Award honors (2000). Godlewski played club level volleyball for Marysville’s Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team.

Besides athletics, Godlewski was involved in the school’s Steering Committee, Student Council and the National Honor Society. She served as class treasurer in addition to being named Marysville’s 2001-02 homecoming queen.

The daughter of Ron and Marian Godlewski, Brittny plans to major in business at Ferris State. She joins Emily Clouse (Tiffin, Ohio/Bascom Hopewell-Loudon) as the 2002 FSU women’s volleyball signees to date.

Ferris State finished the 2001-02 campaign with a 21-11 overall mark, including a fourth-place (North Division) 12-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish. The Bulldogs will open the 2002 campaign Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) Invitational in Wheeling, W.Va.


EMILY CLOUSE TO PLAY AT FERRIS STATE

FSU Inks Ohio High School Setter to National Letter-of-Intent

Dec. 12, 2001

Prep volleyball standout Emily Clouse (Tiffin, Ohio/Bascom Hopewell-Loudon) has committed to attend and play women's volleyball at Ferris State University, beginning with the 2002-03 academic year. The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel.

"Emily will be a tremendous addition to our program and the university," Brandel said. "She is a strong competitor and knows what it takes to be a champion."

A 5-9 setter, Clouse led Bascom Hopewell-Loudon High School to its fourth-consecutive Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division IV State Championship during the fall 2001 campaign. Clouse recorded 43 set assists in the Chieftains' 2-1 title match victory against Centerburg (Nov. 10) at Wright State University's Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.

A first-team 2001 All-OHSAA Division IV pick, Clouse registered 802 assists, 109 digs and 41 kills while leading the Chieftains to a 28-1 overall mark this past season. A two-time first-team all-district honoree, Clouse compiled a team-high 732 assists and recorded 98 digs while garnering first-team 2000 All-OHSAA Division IV honors as a junior.

"Emily has significant experience at the setter position," Brandel said. "Her game experience and knowledge of the sport will give us added strength at the setter spot."

A four-year letterwinner, Clouse received 1999 All-OHSAA Division IV Honorable Mention kudos and was a two-time (2000, 2001) All-Midland Athletic League selection. Prepped by Dave Rienhart, Clouse earned team Most Valuable Player honors three-straight seasons and served as Bascom Hopewell-Loudon's 2001 team co-captain. Clouse, a four-time (1998-01) Academic All-OHSAA Division IV honoree, also played for the Black Swamp Volleyball Club, which advanced to the national tournament four times.

Besides being a standout athlete, Clouse served as junior class vice-president (2000-01) and is presently the school's senior class secretary. A three-year member of the National Honor Society, Clouse remains undecided on a major at Ferris State.

The daughter of Clint and Chris Clouse, Emily is the younger sister of Miami (Ohio) University women's volleyball player Summer Clouse, who was the starting setter at the NCAA Division I school as a senior during the 2001 campaign.

Ferris State 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 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament runner-up honors for the third time in the past four seasons and registered a second-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division finish.

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