Volleyball

2005 Recruiting News

PREP MIDDLE HITTER BECOMES LATEST FSU VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT

All-Conference Honoree To Continue Career With The Bulldogs

2005 Recruits
Katie Edwards - Cedar Springs
Jacque Edwards - Cedar Springs
Kristina Gilchrist - Macomb/Anchor Bay
Andrea Rich - New Baltimore/Anchor Bay
Dec. 16, 2004 - The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has received a commitment from prep middle hitter Kristina Gilchrist (Macomb/Anchor Bay), who has announced her intentions to attend and compete in volleyball at FSU, starting with the 2005-06 academic term. The announcement was made by ninth-year FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 6-0 Gilchrist will play her initial season at Anchor Bay High School under head coach Terri Szur during the 2004-05 season after spending her first three prep campaigns at Dakota High School in Macomb, Mich. She transferred this season under the schools of choice option to Anchor Bay where she will team with fellow FSU fall signee Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay).

“Kristina is a dedicated volleyball player who fits our system,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “She’s already committed to our values, goals and team expectations.”

Gilchrist totaled 356 kills, 79 blocks and 50 digs for DHS in 2003-04 while attaining All-Macomb County Second Team recognition. A first-team 2003-04 All-Macomb Area Conference (MAC) White Team honoree, Gilchrist received team Most Valuable Player Award accolades as a junior last season at Dakota. She also served as a team captain for head coach Kari Drogosh’s squad.

Besides volleyball, Gilchrist also participated in basketball at DHS. She played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the USA Michigan team coached by Dave Schmidlin.

“Kristina could compete for playing time right away with good preparation,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She’s a quick athlete and a strong competitor.”

Gilchrist, who plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State, is the daughter of Brian and Patty Gilchrist. She joins twin sisters Katie and Jacque Edwards (Cedar Springs) along with Rich as members of the Bulldogs’ 2005 recruiting class.

Ferris State claimed its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004 after winning the league’s annual postseason tournament. FSU concluded the 2004 campaign with a 25-7 overall record and a second place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 12th time in school history.


FERRIS STATE VOLLEYBALL ADDS PREP RECRUIT ANDREA RICH

Anchor Bay High School Product Becomes FSU’s Latest Signee

Dec. 14, 2004 - Ninth-year Ferris State University women’s volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has announced the addition of Andrea Rich (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay), who has committed to attend FSU and play volleyball beginning with the 2005-06 academic year.

A 5-10 setter, Rich earned honorable mention all-state honors for Anchor Bay High School as a junior during the 2003-04 campaign after compiling 563 assists and 72 blocks. The team captain has earned Macomb Area Conference All-Academic Team recognition three times to date under head coach Terri Szur. She will join former prep teammate and cousin Karla White (New Baltimore/Anchor Bay), who recently completed her sophomore campaign at FSU, as members of the Bulldog program.

“We expect Andrea to fit easily into our system,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “She’s extremely competitive and is a dynamic athlete who could compete for playing time as a freshman.”

A two-time (2003-04) all-conference pick, Rich netted team Most Valuable Player Award honors for the second consecutive campaign in 2003-04 and was chosen as an All-Macomb County Second Team selection. She has received the squad’s Athletic Achievement and Rookie-of-the-Year Awards during her prep career.

Rich has also participated in basketball and softball at Anchor Bay while attaining team Most Valuable Player Award honors in both sports. In addition, she has played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the USA Michigan team coached by Dave Schmidlin.

The daughter of David and Anita Rich, Andrea is undecided on a major at Ferris State. She joins twin sisters Katie and Jacque Edwards (Cedar Springs) as members of Ferris State’s 2005 recruiting class.

Ferris State concluded the 2004 campaign with a 25-7 overall record, including a second place 14-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division mark. FSU, which claimed its ninth GLIAC Championship this season by virtue of its league tournament title, also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 12th time in school history.


FERRIS STATE VOLLEYBALL INKS TWIN DUO FROM CEDAR SPRINGS

Katie & Jacque Edwards Join 2004 GLIAC Champions

Dec. 7, 2004 - The Ferris State University women’s volleyball program has signed twin sisters Katie and Jacque Edwards (Cedar Springs) to national letters-of-intent to attend and play volleyball at FSU, starting with the fall 2005 season. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ ninth-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

“It will be a great experience to have two athletic players like Katie and Jacque in our program,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “Both of the sisters have outstanding ability and I’m certain they’ll work hard to realize their potential.”

The duo, which is presently beginning their senior campaigns at Cedar Springs High School, led the Red Hawks to four tournament championships during the 2003-04 season under head coach Jill MacLaren. A 5-11 outside hitter, Katie earned 2003-04 All-Ottawa Kent White Conference (OK White) recognition and attained league sportsmanship award accolades after totaling 235 kills and 30 blocks last season. Jacque, who’s a 6-0 middle hitter, posted 89 kills and 65 blocks during her junior campaign.

“Katie’s a quick athlete and we’re excited to have her join our team,” Brandel-Wilhelm said. “Jacque’s a multi-sport athlete who we expect will develop well within our system.”

In addition to volleyball, both sisters have also participated in basketball along with track and field at CSHS while twice attaining all-league kudos in track and field. They both were members of the Red Hawks’ state-qualifying 4x800-meter relay team the last two seasons and also played USA Volleyball (USAV) for the Carpe Diem Volleyball Team under head coach Shawn Wirt.

“Both Katie and Jacque are dynamic and explosive athletes,” said Brandel-Wilhelm. “Katie has tremendous potential as a player while Jacque has been involved in several sports and never focused entirely on volleyball.”

Besides athletics, they were also involved in the local girl scouts and student venture programs.

The daughters of Jaimee and Sue Edwards, they represent the Bulldogs’ initial 2005 signees to date. Katie plans to major in television production at Ferris State while Jacque is a visual design and web media major.

Ferris State concluded the 2004 campaign with a 25-7 overall record, including a second place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. FSU, which won its first-ever GLIAC Tournament title this season, also advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 12th time in school history. Eighteen of the Bulldogs’ 20 squad members from the 2004 campaign are eligible to return next season.

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