Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball team officially captured the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship with Wednesday (Nov. 2) night's 3-0 league road victory at Saginaw Valley State.
The divisional crown is FSU's first since the conference was split into two divisions for volleyball in 1996 and represents the program's first league regular-season title since winning the conference in 1990.
FSU previously had claimed eight GLIAC Championships when the league featured only a single division in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Additionally, the Bulldogs won the GLIAC Tournament in 2004.
Ferris State is currently ranked 12th nationally under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm and owns a 22-2 overall record along with a 16-1 league mark. The 16 conference wins to date matches the 1990 squad for most GLIAC wins in school history.
Ferris State wraps up regular-season play this weekend as the Bulldogs visit Northwood on Friday (Nov. 4) for a 7 p.m. (ET) league encounter in Midland followed by a trip to Lake Superior State on Saturday (Nov. 5) with match time set for 2 p.m. (ET) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Bulldogs have secured a home match for the quarterfinal-round of the GLIAC Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 10, and currently are tied for first along with Hillsdale in the overall standings as both hold 16-1 league marks. FSU presently holds the tiebreaker edge over the Chargers heading into the final two regular-season matches and could potentially be crowned as the league's overall champions and host the tournament semifinals and finals on Nov. 12-13.
Tournament pairings will be announced this weekend after regular-season play has concluded.