Volleyball

2003 Recruiting News

FERRIS STATE INKS PREP RECRUIT JAMIE PALAZZOLO

Three-Time Team MVP Joins FSU Women’s Volleyball Program

June 2, 2003

2003 Recruits
Danielle Baucher - Kalamazoo/Mattawan
Karla White - New Baltimore/Anchor Bay
Molly Pickvet - Pinconning
Keagan Krauss - Lake Odessa/Lakewood
Jamie Palazzolo - Emmett/Yale
The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed prep outside hitter Jamie Palazzolo (Emmett/Yale) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ eighth-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 5-7 Palazzolo was a three-time (2001-03) team Most Valuable Player Award winner at Yale High School and twice (2002-03) attained Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class B Third Team All-State accolades. She totaled 521 digs, 275 kills and 58 blocks in 61 matches played while leading the Bulldogs to a 57-4-1 overall mark, a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B regional semifinal finish and the school’s fourth consecutive league championship as a senior during the 2002-03 campaign.

“Jamie is an excellent competitor and a proven winner,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “Her enthusiasm, intensity and spirit will add a great deal to our program.”

Both a three-time (2001-03) All-Blue Water Area Conference First Team selection and all-region honoree, Palazzolo garnered honorable mention all-conference and all-area accolades as a freshman. The two-time (2002-03) team captain earned league all-academic laurels twice (2002-03) under head coach Carl Trupp. She compiled 309 kills, 418 digs and 90 blocks as the Bulldogs registered a 58-5-3 overall record in 2000-01.

“We expect Jamie’s athleticism, speed and work ethic will enable her to step in and make an early contribution,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “We are excited to have her in our program.”

Palazzolo also participated in softball and track and field during her prep career. Besides athletics, she was involved in the school’s student council, yearbook staff and served as a class officer.

Palazzolo, who remains undecided on a major, joins Keagan Krauss (Lake Odessa/Lakewood), Molly Pickvet (Pinconning), Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) and Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) as 2003 Ferris State recruits. She is the daughter of Vito and Linda Palazzolo.

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 also claimed their 11th NCAA Division II Tournament bid in the program’s history while making their fifth straight league tournament appearance in 2002.


FERRIS STATE SIGNS PREP STANDOUT DANIELLE BAUCHER

Four-time All-Conference Player Is FSU’s Latest Women’s Volleyball Recruit

May 1, 2003

Seventh-year Ferris State University women’s volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has announced the addition of Danielle Baucher (Kalamazoo/Mattawan), who has committed to attend FSU and play volleyball beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

Baucher was a two-time (2002-03) All-Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference selection at Mattawan High School and attained third-team 2002-03 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class A All-State accolades. The 5-10 outside hitter totaled 511 kills, 460 digs, 93 service aces and 74 blocks in 128 games while garnering team Most Valuable Player Award honors during her senior campaign.

“Danielle is a strong athlete who’s willing to work hard to develop her skills,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She is a solid competitor with great quickness. We are excited to have her join the Bulldog volleyball program.”

Baucher, who was also presented both Mattawan’s 2002-03 Best Offensive and Defensive Player Awards, garnered Paw Paw Courier-Leader recognition three times (2001-03) and was a two-time (2002-03) all-region honoree. She claimed MIVCA Class B Honorable Mention All-State kudos as a junior after leading the Wildcats to a district title.

“Danielle’s solid skill base, athleticism and work ethic will help her step in and make a strong contribution,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She has a great attitude and is an extremely hard-working individual.”

Baucher also participated in basketball and soccer at Mattawan. She was an honorable mention 2002 Detroit Free Press Class A All-State basketball selection and finished her prep career with nine varsity letters. Baucher, who was involved in the school’s STAR program for students advocating responsible sportsmanship, also played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the USA Michigan Runbirds Elite team under head coach Orlando Gonzalez.

Baucher, who plans to major in business management, joins Keagan Krauss (Lake Odessa/Lakewood), Molly Pickvet (Pinconning) and Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) as 2003 Ferris State recruits. She is the daughter of Jim Baucher and Robin Gissal.

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 also claimed their 11th NCAA Division II Tournament bid in the program’s history while making their fifth-straight league tournament appearance in 2002.


FERRIS STATE ADDS PREP VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT KARLA WHITE

Anchor Bay High School Product Joins Bulldog Volleyball Program

April 30, 2003

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ seventh-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

A 6-0 middle hitter, White earned 2002-03 Detroit News Second-Team All-Metro accolades and presently holds eight blocking records at Anchor Bay High School. She tallied 323 kills and 97 total blocks while leading the Tars to a 36-12-2 finish as a junior in 2001-02. A team captain, White was both a three-time (2001-03) Macomb Area Conference All-Academic Team selection and an all-county pick under head coach Terri Szur.

“Karla is an extremely hard-working athlete who is willing to put in the extra time and effort to reach her goals,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “Her fundamental skills base is strong and I expect her to make an impact in the Ferris State volleyball program.”

A two-time (2002-03) all-conference pick, White registered 73 kills and 92 total blocks in 103 games during the 2000-01 campaign as Anchor Bay claimed the conference championship. The 2002-03 team Most Valuable Player Award winner guided the Tars to second-place finishes at both the Andover High School and University of Michigan Tournaments in her final season.

“Her work ethic and attitude are great,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “Karla is a quick and strong athlete who’s focused on making her presence known.”

White also participated in basketball at Anchor Bay and attained both team Most Valuable Player Award honors and first-team all-conference recognition as a senior. She has played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the USA Michigan and Bluewater Elite Volleyball teams.

The daughter of Randy and Karen White, Karla plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State. She joins fall signees Keagan Krauss (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) and Molly Pickvet (Pinconning) as members of Ferris State’s 2003 recruiting class.

FSU concluded the 2002 campaign with a 24-7 overall mark, which represented the program's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign and included a second-place 15-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division mark. Ferris also earned its 11th NCAA Division II Tournament bid in the program’s history while making its fifth-straight league tournament appearance in 2002.


BULLDOGS ADD PINCONNING STANDOUT MOLLY PICKVET

Sister Of Former FSU Player Is Latest Prep Recruit

Dec. 13, 2003

The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed Molly Pickvet (Pinconning) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ seventh-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

Pickvet is the younger sister of former Ferris standout Kate Pickvet, who served as a student assistant coach during the 2002 campaign after compiling 772 kills and 193 total blocks in 95 matches for FSU from 1999-2001.

“Molly will be a great addition for us,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “Her strong intensity and desire to succeed will be added strengths in our program.”

A 6-0 middle hitter, Pickvet tallied 491 kills, 312 digs and 108 service aces while leading Pinconning High School to a 65-9 overall record and the program’s third consecutive regional championship as a junior during the 2001-02 campaign. The first-team 2001-02 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Class B All-State honoree also garnered All-Northeast Michigan Conference laurels for the second straight season under head coach Marion LaFave.

“Molly is a strong competitor and is determined to be successful,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She is accustomed to working hard to reach her goals each and every day, which will serve her well as she makes the transition to collegiate volleyball.”

A two-time (2001-02) Bay City Times Dream Team selection, Pickvet registered 257 kills, 115 digs and 119 service aces as the Spartans tallied a 57-18-4 mark in 2000-01. The 2001-02 league Most Valuable Player Award winner led Pinconning to both conference and district titles the last two seasons after missing the 1999-00 campaign with a back injury.

Pickvet also participated in basketball at Pinconning and twice attained first-team all-league and team Most Valuable Player accolades. She has played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the Valley Volleyball team.

The daughter of Scott and Chris Pickvet, Molly plans to major in printing management at Ferris State. She joins Keagan Krauss (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) as Ferris’ fall 2002 signees.

FSU concluded the 2002 campaign with a 24-7 overall mark, which represented the program's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign and included a second-place 15-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division mark. Ferris also earned its 11th NCAA Division II Tournament bid in the program’s history while making its fifth-straight league tournament appearance in 2002.


FERRIS STATE SIGNS PREP STANDOUT KEAGAN KRAUSS

Two-Time All-Conference Player Joins Bulldog Women’s Volleyball Program

Dec. 12, 2002

Outside hitter Keagan Krauss (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) (pronounced like House) has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s volleyball at Ferris State University, beginning with the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by seventh-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

“Keagan comes from a successful and winning tradition,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She understands the work ethic and commitment needed to achieve her lofty goals.”

The 5-10 Krauss tallied 592 kills while leading Lakewood High School to a 64-6-2 overall record and a state semifinal-round appearance as a junior during the 2001-02 campaign. The two-time (2001-02) all-region pick also garnered first-team all-county and All-Capital Circuit League laurels for the second consecutive season.

“She has a strong desire to not only be a part of our team, but also to make a significant impact,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “We are excited to have her join the Bulldog volleyball program and I expect her to be ready to compete early in her career.”

A four-year letterwinner, Krauss set a school record for service points in 2001-02 for the Vikings under head coach Kelly Rowland. The two-time (2001-02) Big Red Invitational All-Tournament Team selection led the Vikings to the state quarterfinals twice (2000-01). She also participated in softball, tennis and basketball at Lakewood.

Besides athletics, Krauss has also been involved in the school’s Spanish Club, German Club, Ski Club and the class government. Krauss has played USA Volleyball (USAV) for head coach Trent Smillie’s Team Angle squad.

The daughter of Rolly and Sharon Krauss, Keagan plans to major in visual design and web media at Ferris State. Her father, who is retired, coached Lakewood to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B Boys Basketball State Championship in 1974-75.

FSU concluded the 2002 campaign with a 24-7 overall mark, which represented the program's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign and included a second-place 15-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division mark. FSU also earned its 11th NCAA Division II Tournament bid in the program’s history and a fifth straight league tournament appearance in 2002.

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