Bulldog Volleyball Adds Claire Grawburg For 2011 Season

The Ferris State University women's volleyball program will have a third newcomer on its 2011 roster with the addition of Claire Grawburg (Rochester Hills/Rochester), 15th-year Bulldog head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm announced.

Grawburg, a 6-0 middle blocker-outside hitter, is a two-time (2009 and 2010) honorable mention Oakland Athletic Association selection at Rochester (Mich.) High School under head coach Shana Poll.  Grawburg, who served as team captain in her 2010 senior year, registered 216 kills, 40 service aces, 216 digs, and 140 block solos in 116 sets en route to being named among Oakland County's Top 25 Players for 2010 and also being listed fourth in Oakland County for blocking efficiency.  The four-time Scholar-Athlete also earned team Most Improved Player recognition in her senior year after helping guide the Falcons to not only a 28-19-3 record, but also a second consecutive City Cup title (2009-10). 

As a junior in 2009, Grawburg tallied 92 kills, 41 digs, and 95 block solos in 103 sets while helping RHS post a 28-14-3 mark.  She played for the Michigan Elite Nationals Club Team in the 17 Division at middle blocker under head coach Todd Stamm.   

"We are really excited to add Claire to our volleyball program," said Brandel-Wilhelm.  "She is a very quick athlete and extremely coachable.  We have worked with her at our camps and know she has a strong potential ahead of her."

Along with volleyball, Grawburg has been active in swimming, soccer, and basketball.  Academically, she's a member of the National Honor Society and has been involved in the RHS Mentor Program for two years.

The daughter of Jim and Joan Grawburg of Rochester Hills, Mich., Claire was honored by Ferris State with a Founder's Scholarship and has been accepted into the honors program at FSU.  She plans to major in pre-pharmacy at Ferris State.  Her mother (Joan) played women's volleyball at Central Michigan for one season while her cousin was a member of Florida's baseball team and is currently playing minor league baseball.      

Grawburg joins middle hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central) and outside-middle hitter Caroline Heitzman (Newaygo/Fremont) as current members of the 2011 Bulldog women's volleyball recruiting class.

Ferris State compiled an 18-10 overall record for the 2010 season to mark its 13th straight winning season.

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