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PREP VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT WHITNEY RUPP INKS WITH FERRIS STATE

Mercy High School Product To Continue Career With The Bulldogs

Whitney Rupp The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has received a commitment from prep setter/libero Whitney Rupp (West Bloomfield/Mercy), who has announced her intentions to attend and compete in volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2006-07 academic term. The announcement was made by 10th-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 5-8 Rupp will play her final season at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills under head coach Ed Moeller during the 2005-06 season. She's expected to contend for playing time at both the setter and libero positions along with the defensive specialist role at Ferris State.

"Whitney's an excellent athlete and exciting player who loves the game of volleyball," Brandel-Wilhelm said. "Her work ethic is strong and we're extremely excited to have her join our program."

Rupp attained both All-Southeast Michigan Catholic Conference and all-area accolades for the second consecutive season as a junior in 2004-05. The third-team all area honoree also served as a team captain for the Marlins.

Besides volleyball, Rupp has also been active in MHS' Science Club and S.A.D.D. programs. She has played USA Volleyball (USAV) for both the Michigan Elite and Oakland Juniors club-level teams.

"We're expecting Whitney to compete as a freshman for the libero and defensive specialist positions as well as give us added depth at setter," said Brandel-Wilhelm.

Rupp, who plans to major in biology and pre-medicine at Ferris State, is the daughter of John Rupp and Denise Osgood. She represents the initial member of FSU's 2006 recruiting class.

Ferris State recorded the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign in 2005 and this year marked the 25th-straight year the Bulldogs have reached double-figures in victories. Ferris also advanced to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament for the eighth year in a row this campaign while the squad's 22-10 mark represented the school's seventh 20-win season in the last eight years to date. The Bulldogs took part in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 13th time in school history.

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