Big Rapids, Mich. – The 2011 Ferris State University women's volleyball team has received national attention for the second week in a row by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the Bulldogs are ranked 17th in this week's (Sept. 26) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The Bulldogs climbed six spots from last week's poll that listed Ferris State 23rd nationally. This week, FSU received 281 total points in the weekly poll. The Bulldogs join one other Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team in Hillsdale, which is ranked 11th with a total of 460 points.
Northern Michigan, Grand Valley State and Ashland all received votes but did not make the top 25 this week.
Concordia- St. Paul is ranked first for the third week in a row with 800 total points and 32 first place votes.
The improved ranking comes after three consecutive 3-0 match sweeps over the weekend. Ferris State, under 16th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, is presently 11-1 overall and 7-1 in GLIAC play. The Bulldogs have won their past six consecutive matches and currently hold a 10-0 home record in the 2011 campaign.
FSU hosts Saginaw Valley State this Saturday (Oct. 1) in a 2 p.m. (EDT) conference match at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids. The volleyball squad will be sporting their pink uniforms in honor of the "Paint Big Rapids Pink" community effort to raise awareness and support for breast cancer.