Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball program recently announced the addition of incoming guard Kylie Muntz (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne), who has joined the team for the 2009-10 campaign.
The 5-8 Muntz, who will be a freshman in eligibility this season, averaged 11.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest as a senior for Ohio's Wayne High School under head coach Geoff Springer in 2008-09.
"We are thrilled to add Kylie to our roster for the upcoming season," said FSU head coach Tracey Dorow. "She's a coach's kid who understands the game and brings an air of confidence to the court.
"Kylie knocked down a lot of three's and proved herself to be a scoring threat at the high school level," Dorow added. "She is also a composed player under pressure and finds a way to get the ball to her teammates when they are open."
A four-year letterwinner, Muntz tallied 916 points, 280 rebounds, 208 assists and 161 steals during her prep career. She started all 86 contests during her prep career while averaging 10.7 points per contest over the four-year period. As a senior, Muntz claimed 2008-09 Associated Press All-Southwest District Honorable Mention Team accolades.
Muntz had her most productive campaign as a sophomore in 2006-07 when she totaled 12.5 points per game and connected on 48-of-130 (.369) three-point field goal tries. She contributed 10.3 points an outing and nailed 38 treys as a junior after scoring eight points per game in her initial season (2005-06).
A two-time team captain, Muntz won the school's coveted Heidkamp Award for athletics, sportsmanship and academics. She was also among six Wayne nominees sent to the Rae Burick Women in Sports Seminar. Muntz played AAU basketball for the Dayton Lady HoopStars.
The daughter of Jim and Debbie Muntz, Kylie also participated in soccer and track while earning a total of 10 varsity letters. Her father served as the boys basketball coach at Wayne High School for 11 years and is still a volunteer assistant with the program.
"Kylie will be a major asset off the court, as well," said Dorow. "She really cares about her teammates and will find ways to encourage and bring out the best in them."
Muntz joins three other incoming freshman on this year's squad, including forward/center Katy Fox (Royal Center, Ind./Pioneer), forward/center Leah Kebler (Midland/Dow) and forward/center Felicia Standley (Augusta/Galesburg-Augusta).
The Bulldog women also return eight letterwinners from last season when FSU concluded the year with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of their final nine contests. The Bulldogs made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.
FSU is tentatively slated to open the 2009-10 campaign with a
non-league contest at former GLIAC member Gannon (Pa.) on Friday,
Nov. 20, in Erie, Pa. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (EDT).
The Bulldogs will officially begin preseason practices on Oct. 15
in preparation for the season.
Pictured below is Muntz with her family and friends at her high school graduation. They all surprised her by showing up in Ferris State shirts to offer their support.