The Ferris State University women's volleyball team will open its 2009 Fall Camp this Monday (Aug. 10) with its first practice of the new season at the Ewigleben Sports Arena inside FSU's Ewigleben Sports Complex in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs, under 14th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, will conduct a practice session each day from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (EDT) through August 13.
"We're thrilled that the start of the 2009 season is here," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "Our returning players have worked exceptionally hard to make this upcoming season a great one. This is the time when all the offseason work put in by the ladies pays off."
Ferris State will hold a combined practice with Jackson (Mich.) Community College on Friday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (EDT) prior to the two teams playing a scrimmage from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena. The scrimmage is open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend. Following the scrimmage, the 2009 FSU women's volleyball team will have a "Meet The Bulldogs" event where fans can meet with the players and coaches and also receive autographs from the 2009 squad members.
The Bulldogs will also be involved in two more scrimmages on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 21. Ferris State will participate in the Cornerstone Tournament on Aug. 18, in Grand Rapids, Mich., with five 30-minute matches. FSU's first tourney match will be held from 2-2:30 p.m. (EDT) while the team's final contest of the day is scheduled for 4:20 p.m. (EDT) opening serve.
FSU's final preseason tuneup will occur Friday, Aug. 21, as the Bulldogs go up against Saginaw Valley State in a scrimmage at Clare (Mich.) High School. The scrimmage commences at 4 p.m. (EDT).
Ferris State officially opens its 2009 season on Thursday, Aug. 27, hosting St. Joseph's (Ind.) in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference match in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs then will host their annual Ferris State Invitational from Aug. 28-29 with a pair of non-league outings each day. FSU will face West Virginia State and Indianapolis in its first two matches of the tournament before squaring off against California (Pa.) and Minnesota-Crookston in the second day's action.
The Bulldogs compiled a 16-13 overall record and were 8-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) North Division in 2008. The winning record marked the program's 11th straight and the 28th consecutive time in which Ferris State has registered a double-digit victory total.