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2003 Ferris State Volleyball Quick Facts

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GENERAL
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307-2741
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 11,074
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and gold
Arena: Ewigleben Sports Arena
Capacity: 600
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler
Alma Mater, Yr.: Michigan, 1972
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Alma Mater, Yr.: Ferris State, 1977
Email: kirinovt@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Director: Brian Kegler (Northern Iowa, 1998)
Senior Women's Administrator: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (Alma, 1990)
Coordinator of Records & NCAA: Carma Burcham
Faculty Athletics Representative: Terry Nerbonne
Athletics Department Phone: (231) 591-2860
Athletics Department Fax: (231) 591-2869
Ticket Office Phone: (231) 591-2888

HISTORY
First Year of Volleyball: 1972
Overall All-Time Record: 652-376 (.634)
Conference All-Time Record: 260-141 (.648)
No. years in NCAA Tourney/Last: 11/2002
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 7-12 (.368)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.)
Result: Lost 3-2
No. years in GLIAC Tourney/Last: 5/2002
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Gannon
Result: Lost 3-2

ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Athletics Communications Director: Joe Gorby
    SID Office Phone: (231) 591-2336
    Home Phone: (231) 796-2732
    Email Address: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Communications Director (Volleyball Contact): Rob Bentley
    Office Phone: (231) 591-3821
    Home Phone: (231) 796-1178
    Email Address: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, Sports Complex 001, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2741
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

MEDIA INFORMATION
Local Newspaper: Big Rapids Pioneer
Contact Person: Sandy Gholston
Address: 502 North State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 592-8363
Email: sgholston@pioneergroup.net

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
    Alma Mater/Year: Alma, 1990
    Year Entering At School: Eighth
    Record at Ferris State (yrs.): 150-75 (.667)/Seven
    Career Record (yrs.): 268-95 (.738)/Ten
    Record vs. the GLIAC (all matches): 95-51 (.651)
Volleyball Office Phone: (231) 591-2871
Best time/day to reach coach: M-F 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Assistant Coaches (Alma Mater):
    Lee Anderson - 1st season
    Sarah Dehring (Student Assistant) - 2nd season
Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Tim Glover, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Volleyball): Michael Blackburn, ATC
Office Phone: (231) 591-2872
Equipment Managers: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.

TEAM INFORMATION
2002 Overall Record: 24-7
Conference Record/Finish: 15-3/T2nd - North Division
2002 Non-Conference Record: 9-4
2002 Record At Home/Conference: 8-0/8-0
2002 Record Away/Conference: 8-4/7-3
2002 Record on Neutral Courts: 8-3
Final 2002 Ranking (poll): n/a
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 7/6

Starters Returning:
    Karla Fairbanks, OH, 5-11, Jr.
    Ashley Green, S, 5-9, Jr.
    Brittny Godlewski, LIB, 5-7, So.

Other Returning Letterwinners:
    Lauren Heine, MH, 6-1, So.
    Becky Thurau, MH, 6-4, So.
    Emily Clouse, S, 5-9, So.
    Sarah Miller, RS, 6-3, So.

Starters Lost:
    Angie Desmarais, MH, 5-11
    Alaina Olds, MH, 5-11
    Erin Rind, OH, 5-10
    Stephanie Speed, OH, 5-8

All-Star Candidates:
    Ashley Green, Karla Fairbanks, Brittny Godlewski

Returning Statistical Leaders:
    Emily Clouse* (S, 5-9, So.): 90 assists, 15 digs
    Karla Fairbanks** (OH, 5-11, Jr.): 429 kills, 174 digs, 71 blocks
    Ashley Green** (S, 5-9, Jr.): 1,348 assists, 230 digs, 92 kills, 30 blocks
    Brittny Godlewski* (LIB, 5-7, So.): 259 digs, 21 assists
    Lauren Heine* (MH, 6-1, So.): 22 kills, 4 blocks
    Sarah Miller* (RS, 6-3, So.): 17 kills, 4 blocks
    Becky Thurau* (MH, 6-4, So.): 88 kills, 46 blocks
* - Denotes letters won

Key Losses:
    Alaina Olds, MH - 503 kills, 349 digs, 125 blocks, 42 service aces
    Stephanie Speed, OH - 371 digs, 314 kills, 79 service aces
    Angie Desmarais, MH - 297 digs, 124 kills, 35 blocks
    Erin Rind, OH - 137 kills, 119 digs, 45 blocks

Key Newcomers:
    Danielle Baucher, OH, 5-10, Fr.
    Keagan Krauss, OH, 5-10, Fr.
    Jamie Palazzolo, OH, 5-7, Fr.
    Molly Pickvet, MH, 6-0, Fr.
    Karla White, MH, 6-0, Fr.

TEAM NOTES:
The 2003 season marks Ferris Stateís 31st womenís volleyball campaign.

Ferris compiled a 24-7 overall mark during the 2002 campaign, which represented the program's fifth consecutive 20-win season and included a second-place 15-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division mark.

The Bulldogs claimed their 11th NCAA Division II Tournament bid in the programís history while making their fifth-straight league tournament appearance in 2002.

Five of Ferrisí 20-win campaigns have came under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. The Bulldogs are 117-41 (.741) over the past five years and have twice reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament.

The Bulldogs have no seniors on their 2003 roster.

Junior outside hitter Karla Fairbanks (Rogers City, Mich.) currently has 595 career kills and is five shy of notching her 600th career kill. She needs 10 blocks to record her 150th career block.

Junior setter Ashley Green (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) presently has 2,313 career assists and is 467 away from tying Lisa Chard (1998-99) for fifth place on the schoolís career assists leaders list.

Ferris has compiled a 211-55 (.793) record to date in 22 seasons of action (1981-present) at FSUís Ewigleben Sports Arena. The Bulldogs are 53-8 (.869) in home matches since 1998. Last season (2002), Ferris posted an 8-0 home mark, which was the programís sixth undefeated home campaign in the 600-seat facility.

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