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2004 Recruiting News

FERRIS STATE ADDS PREP VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT MEGAN DUSNIK

Fruitport High School Product Becomes Latest FSU Signee

June 21, 2004

2004 Recruits
Jessica Dezelski - Lake Ann/Traverse City West
Megan Dusnik - Muskegon/Fruitport
Lindsay Johnson - Cadillac
Candice Marut - Pinconning
Emily Nemmers - Caledonia/East Kentwood
Ashley Ollenburger - Charlotte
Lindsay Tye - Gregory/Chelsea
Andrea Zylstra - Muskegon/Mona Shores
Ninth-year Ferris State University women’s volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has announced the addition of Megan Dusnik (Muskegon/Fruitport), who has committed to attend FSU and play volleyball beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

A 5-6 setter/defensive specialist, Dusnik earned all-conference, all-area and all-state accolades for the second consecutive season as a senior at Fruitport High School during the 2003-04 campaign. She tallied 1,521 assists, 374 digs, and 76 kills while leading the Trojans to a 58-12 overall record and the program’s third-straight Western Waterways Activities Conference championship in 2003-04.

“Megan is a tough competitor with a fierce desire to succeed,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “We’re excited for someone with her work ethic and drive to become part of our program at Ferris State.”

Dusnik, who attained academic all-state kudos as a senior, guided FHS to back-to-back Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Runner-up finishes during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 campaigns under head coach Dan Potts. The 2003-04 team captain netted 960 assists, 237 digs and 73 kills as a junior (2002-03) after previously recording 210 digs, 55 assists and 20 service aces as a sophomore.

Dusnik played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the Team Angle Volleyball Club under head coach Trent Smillie. She also participated in both basketball along with track and field at Fruitport. Besides athletics, Dusnik was active in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club. She earned both the school’s 2003-04 Student Athlete of the Year and Fruitport Athletic Foundation Awards.

The daughter of Michael and Anita Dusnik, Megan plans to major in advertising at Ferris State. She’s the younger sister of Courtney Dusnik, who plays collegiate volleyball and will be a senior in eligibility this fall at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member Lake Superior State.

Dusnik joins Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West), Lindsay Johnson (Cadillac), Candice Marut (Pinconning), Emily Nemmers (Caledonia/East Kentwood), Ashley Ollenburger (Charlotte), Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea) and Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 recruits to date.

Ferris State compiled the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, including a third-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division finish. The Bulldogs won 12 of their final 18 matches last season and return all 12 of their 2003 squad members for the 2004 campaign.


FERRIS STATE INKS CHELSEA HIGH SCHOOL’S LINDSAY TYE

Three-Time All-Region Honoree To Continue Career With The Bulldogs

June 20, 2004

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has received a commitment from prep outside hitter Lindsay Tye (Gregory/Chelsea), who has announced her intentions to attend and compete in volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2004-05 academic term. The announcement was made by ninth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 5-11 Tye compiled 561 kills, 369 digs and 142 total blocks for Chelsea High School as a senior during the 2003-04 campaign. The second-team 2003-04 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A All-State honoree led the Bulldogs to a 38-12-2 overall mark and a state quarterfinals appearance in her final season. She previously received third-team 2002-03 MHSAA Class A All-State recognition and second-team 2001-02 MHSAA Class B All-State honors.

“Lindsay is a quick and agile athlete who’ll bring a great work ethic to our team,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She has a strong desire to both improve and succeed. We’re excited to add her to our program.”

Tye, a three-time (2002-04) All-South East Conference selection, totaled 448 kills, 236 digs and 131 blocks as a junior (2002-03) after registering 455 kills and 206 digs in 2001-02. The three-time (2002-03) all-region pick led CHS to three consecutive conference titles and a 128-28-10 overall mark during her three-year varsity career from 2002-04 under head coach Laura Cleveland. Tye, who attained 2003-04 Ann Arbor News All-Area First Team accolades, twice received team Most Valuable Player Award kudos and served as the squad’s team captain as a senior.

“As a left-handed player, Lindsay will add another dimension to our offense,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She also has tremendous speed, which is a nice addition for us.”

In addition to volleyball, Tye also participated in tennis and earned all-region honors in 2004. A three-time all-conference tennis player, Tye was the squad’s team captain in 2004 and qualified for the state meet. Tye also played USA Volleyball for the Michigan Elite 18 under head coach Ed Ruhl and was named to the 2003 Junior Olympics Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Tye, who’s the daughter of Daniel and Patricia Tye, plans to major in criminal justice at FSU. She joins Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West), Lindsay Johnson (Cadillac), Candice Marut (Pinconning), Emily Nemmers (Caledonia/East Kentwood), Ashley Ollenburger (Charlotte) and Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 recruits to date.

Ferris State compiled the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, including a third-place 12-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division finish. The Bulldogs, who won 12 of their final 18 matches last season, return all 12 of their 2003 squad members for the 2004 campaign.


PREP MIDDLE HITTER BECOMES LATEST FERRIS VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT

East Kentwood High School’s Emily Nemmers Announces Intentions To Join Bulldogs

May 3, 2004

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has received a commitment from prep middle hitter Emily Nemmers (Caledonia/East Kentwood), who has announced her intentions to attend and compete in volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2004-05 academic term. The announcement was made by eighth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 6-0 Nemmers notched 408 kills, 276 digs, 178 total blocks and 66 service aces as a senior at East Kentwood High School during the 2003-04 campaign. The two-time (2002-03 & 2003-04) team captain attained first-team All-Ottawa Kent Red Conference and third-team Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) all-state accolades under head coach Roxanne Steenhuysen as the Falcons registered a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) State Class A State Runner-Up finish and a 77-6 overall record in 2003-04.

“Emily is a spirited competitor and we’re excited to have her join our program,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She knows how to work hard and how to win, which will make her a tremendous asset to our program.”

Nemmers concluded her four-year varsity career with 1,912 kills, 492 digs, 480 total blocks and 91 aces in 560 games played. Both a first-team 2003-04 all-region and all-area honoree, Nemmers also garnered individual academic all-state laurels in her final campaign. The 2003-04 team Captain’s Award recipient led EKHS to its fourth consecutive district championship along with regional and conference titles this season.

In addition to volleyball, Nemmers was a three-year basketball letterwinner. She received honorable mention all-conference and all-area kudos as a senior (2003) while serving as team captain for the second straight campaign. Nemmers played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the F.A.R. Out Volleyball Team, which was coached by Maya Eveland.

The daughter of Greg and Annette Nemmers, Emily was active in the National Honor Society and served as a youth volunteer. She plans to major in pharmacy at Ferris State and joins Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores), Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West), Candice Marut (Pinconning), Lindsay Johnson (Cadillac) and Ashley Ollenburger (Charlotte) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 recruits to date.

Ferris State compiled the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, including a third-place 12-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division finish. The Bulldogs, who won 12 of their final 18 matches last season, return all 12 of their 2003 squad members for the 2004 campaign.


CADILLAC’S LINDSAY JOHNSON JOINS FERRIS VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM

Prep Middle Hitter Is Latest Addition To Bulldog’s 2004 Squad

April 26, 2004

Eighth-year Ferris State University women’s volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has announced the addition of prep middle hitter Lindsay Johnson (Cadillac), who has committed to attend and play volleyball at FSU beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

The 5-10 Johnson posted 508 kills, 501 digs and 44 solo blocks while leading Cadillac High School to a 41-17-3 overall record as a senior during the 2003-04 campaign. The two-time (2002-03 & 2003-04) Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) All-Region honoree also attained honorable mention all-state accolades along with All-Big North Conference kudos for the second consecutive season. Her 501 digs this campaign broke the school’s single-season record.

“Lindsay is a fantastic athlete who’s speedy in her court movements,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She’s a quick learner and I have no doubt she will make a strong impact in our program.”

Johnson, who served as CHS’ team captain in 2003-04, earned team Most Valuable Player Award laurels and Traverse City Record-Eagle Dream Team honors for the second straight season under head coach Michelle Brines. The 2003-04 All-Area Dream Team Captain compiled all-tournament team recognition at the Mt. Pleasant High School and Ferris State Invitational tournaments this year. She totaled 389 kills, 441 digs and 39 total blocks in her junior season (2002-03) after helping guide the Vikings to both a conference and district championship in the 2001-02 campaign.

“We’re excited Lindsay has decided to become a Bulldog,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She’ll compliment the rest of our recruiting class extremely well and has a bright future ahead.”

Besides volleyball, Johnson also competed in basketball and tallied second team all-league recognition, team Most Valuable Player Award honors and all-area kudos as a senior (2003) after previously earning honorable mention all-area laurels in 2002. She played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the Inside Out North 18 and Under Gold Team, which was coached by both Chris Allard and Tim Keenan.

In addition to athletics, Johnson has been active in the student council, yearbook and junior rotarian organizations. The daughter of Bruce and Deb Johnson, Lindsay plans to major in business/public relations at Ferris State. She joins Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores), Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West), Candice Marut (Pinconning) and Ashley Ollenburger (Charlotte) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 recruits to date.

Ferris State compiled the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, including a third-place 12-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division finish. The Bulldogs, who won 12 of their final 18 matches last season, return all 12 of their 2003 squad members for the 2004 campaign.


CHARLOTTE’S ASHLEY OLLENBURGER COMMITS TO FERRIS STATE

First-Team All-Conference Honoree Added To Bulldogs’ 2004 Recruiting Class

Dec. 19, 2003

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed Ashley Ollenburger (Charlotte) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the fall 2004 season. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ eighth-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

Ollenburger, a 6-1 outside hitter, garnered honorable mention all-state and first-team All-Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC) kudos following the 2002-03 campaign at Charlotte High School. The two-time (2002-03) team Most Valuable Player Award winner has twice attained all-region accolades.

“Ashley has an outstanding attitude and will be a great addition to our program,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “Her enthusiasm and competitiveness will allow her to make a significant impact.”

A two-time (2002-03) CAAC All-Academic Team selection, Ollenburger has earned three varsity letters to date under head coach Dennis Richardson. The 2001-02 All-CAAC Third Team honoree has also served as team captain two consecutive seasons (2001-03) for the Orioles, who have received team academic all-state laurels each of the last two campaigns.

“I believe Ashley will compliment our team quite well,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She has a strong presence on the court and has great leadership abilities. We’re expecting her to make tremendous strides in our program.”

Ollenburger has also played USA Volleyball (USAV) for six years with her most recent team being the DIVA 18 and Under Select squad, which was coached by Jim Silsby.

In addition to volleyball, Ollenburger is a National Honor Society member and was recently crowned CHS’s 2003 Homecoming Queen. She has also served as a teacher’s aide.

Ollenburger is the daughter of Al and Yvonne Ollenburger and joins Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores), Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West) and Candice Marut (Pinconning) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 signees to date. She remains undecided on an academic program.

Ferris State, which notched the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, placed third (12-6) in the GLIAC’s North Division. The Bulldogs won 12 of their final 18 matches this season and return all 12 current squad members for the 2004 campaign.


FERRIS STATE ADDS PREP VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT CANDICE MARUT

Pinconning High School Product Becomes Latest FSU Signee

Dec. 18, 2003

Eighth-year Ferris State University women’s volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has announced the addition of Candice Marut (Pinconning), who has committed to attend FSU and play volleyball beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

A 5-10 outside hitter, Marut was both a second-team All-Northeastern Michigan Conference (NMC) honoree and honorable mention all-state selection for Pinconning High School during the 2002-03 campaign. She joins current FSU freshman middle hitter Molly Pickvet (Pinconning) as former Spartan players in the Bulldog program. Brandel-Wilhelm expects Marut to compete at both the setter and outside hitter positions at Ferris State.

“Candice is a versatile athlete who works hard in developing her skills,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “We’re excited to have Candice join our program and are expecting big things from her in the future.”

A 2002-03 first team all-region pick, Marut guided PHS to its third consecutive conference championship while serving as a team co-captain in 2002-03. The 2001-02 All-NMC Second-Teamer earned team Most Improved Player Award accolades as a sophomore after helping the Spartans claim both the district and regional championships for the second-straight campaign under head coach Marion LaFave.

“Based on her high school performance, Candice has the ability to be extremely productive in our program,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She has significant experience and the skills necessary to become a solid collegiate player.”

Marut played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the Valley Volleyball Club under head coach Nikola Petrovic. She also garnered four varsity basketball letters and competed in softball.

Besides athletics, Marut has served as a class officer and been active in the National Honor Society. She also took part in Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) and was named PHS’ 2003 homecoming queen.

Marut, who plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State, is the daughter of Andrew and Carla Marut. She joins Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores) and Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 volleyball recruits to date.

Ferris State compiled the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, including a third-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division finish. The Bulldogs, who won 12 of their final 18 matches this season, return all 12 current squad members for the 2004 campaign.


TRAVERSE CITY WEST’S JESSICA DEZELSKI SIGNS WITH FERRIS

FSU Inks Right-Side Hitter To A National Letter-of-Intent

Dec. 17, 2003

Right-side hitter Jessica Dezelski (Lake Ann/Traverse City West) has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s volleyball at Ferris State University, beginning with the 2004-05 academic year. The announcement was made by eighth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 5-10 Dezelski compiled 456 kills, 419 digs, 82 blocks and 63 assists while registering 165 service aces during the 2002-03 campaign for Traverse City West High School, which claimed the Big North Conference (BNC) championship. The 2002-03 honorable mention all-state selection also attained Traverse City Record-Eagle All-Region Dream Team accolades under head coach Jamie Al-Shamma.

“Jessica has a strong desire to make a significant impact early in her career,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “Her addition will help strengthen our offensive attack due to her versatility and outstanding work ethic.”

The 2002-03 All-BNC First Team honoree, who appeared in all 134 games for the Titans last season, also posted a .340 kill efficiency and was an 86-percent server. She helped lead T.C. West to both a regional championship and state tournament berth in 2000-01.

“We believe Jessica will fit in well with our fast-paced aggressive style of play,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She’s a strong competitor who will develop well within our system and has big potential for growth.”

Dezelski, who played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the Inside-Out 18 and Under Gold Juniors under head coach Chris Allard, also is a member of the school’s varsity softball team.

Besides athletics, Dezelski has been active in the choir, theater, spirit club and National Honor Society at Traverse City West. The daughter of Steven and Mary Dezelski, Jessica plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State. She joins Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores) as the Bulldogs’ 2004 volleyball recruits to date.

Ferris State concluded the 2003 campaign with a 15-14 overall mark, which represented the program's sixth consecutive winning campaign and included a third-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division mark. FSU also registered its sixth straight league tournament appearance in 2003.


FERRIS STATE INKS PREP VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT ANDREA ZYLSTRA

Honorable Mention All-Conference Selection Joins FSU Women’s Volleyball Program

Dec. 12, 2003

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed Andrea Zylstra (Muskegon/Mona Shores) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2004-05 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ eighth-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

Zylstra, a 6-2 middle hitter, presently has accumulated 334 kills, 257 blocks and 166 digs entering her final season at Muskegon Mona Shores High School. The 2002-03 All-Ottawa-Kent (OK) Red Conference Honorable Mention selection led the Sailors to a district final finish last season.

“We’re excited to add someone of Andrea’s caliber to our program,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She comes from a successful high school program and has a bright future at Ferris State.”

A two-time (2002-03) academic all-state selection, Zylstra attained honorable mention all-area accolades during the 2002-03 campaign. The 2001-02 team Most Improved Player Award honoree has led MSHS to an 80-35-2 overall mark and back-to-back district championship match appearances in the last two seasons to date under head coach Kyle Kurant.

“Andrea is an outstanding competitor and determined to be successful,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She has a great attitude and works hard, which should help her transition to the collegiate game.”

Besides volleyball, Zylstra competed in basketball and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2002. Zylstra, a National Honor Society member, also played USA Volleyball (USAV) for head coach Chip Will’s Inside-Out Mizuno 17 and under team in 2003. She twice has won state volleyball championships in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) action.

The daughter of Steve and Vicky Zylstra, Andrea plans to major in graphic design at Ferris State. She will graduate from Mona Shores in the spring of 2004.

Ferris State compiled the program's sixth-consecutive winning campaign with a 15-14 overall record in 2003, including a third-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division finish. The Bulldogs, who won 12 of their final 18 matches this season, also reached the GLIAC Tournament for the sixth-straight year. FSU returns all 12 current squad members for the 2004 campaign.

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