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"BACK TO SCHOOL" NIGHT KICKS OFF BULLDOG VOLLEYBALL WEEKEND

Ferris State VolleyballThe Ferris State University Athletics Department's second annual “Back To School” night this Thursday, Aug. 24, will kick off a three-day season-opening weekend for the Bulldogs at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Fans attending Thursday evening's 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference match versus St. Joseph's (Ind.) can earn free admission by providing a new school supply, which will then be distributed by the department for use in local elementary classrooms. Items should be in new package condition and can include such materials as crayons, construction paper, markers, glue, notebooks and pencils. All local students, parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the department's first home event of the season.

Last season (2005), the Bulldogs collected over 100 individually-packaged items in conjunction with the season-opening encounter which were then donated to the Eastwood Early Childhood Center in Big Rapids.

Following Thursday night's match, Ferris will host the annual FSU Invitational Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26. Action is slated to take place on two courts at Jim Wink Arena and on a single court at the 600-seat Ewigleben Sports Arena. Matches are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 25) along with 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 26). Both facilities are housed within the FSU Sports and Convocation Complex, which is located on the southern edge of campus. All four Ferris State matches will take place inside the Ewigleben Sports Arena.

This year’s invitational field includes Augustana (S.D.), California (Pa.), Hillsdale, Lees-McRae (N.C.), Metropolitan State (Colo.), Saginaw Valley State, St. Joseph’s (Ind.), Texas A&M-Kingsville, West Virginia State and Winona State (Minn.) in addition to the host Bulldogs. FSU squares off against California (Pa.) and Lees-McRae Friday at 12 p.m. (EDT) and 6 p.m. (EDT), respectively. Saturday, the Bulldogs host West Virginia State and Augustana starting at 12 p.m. (EDT) and 6 p.m. (EDT).

Admission is $5 per person per day. Faculty/staff ticket prices are $4 while students in grades K-12 are $3. FSU students will be admitted free of charge.

Ferris State advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the 13th time in school history during the 2005 campaign after previously claiming its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004. FSU posted a 22-10 overall mark last season along with a third-place tying 12-6 mark in GLIAC North Division action. Ferris, which compiled the program's eighth consecutive winning campaign in 2005, also made its eighth-straight league tourney appearance a year ago.

For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Department at (231) 591-2860.

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