December 14, 2011

Ferris State Volleyball Signs Kate Pretty

Big Rapids, Mich. - Talented prep outside hitter Kate Pretty (Midland/Dow) has announced her intentions to join the Ferris State University women's volleyball program, beginning with the fall 2012 campaign.  The announcement was made by FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

The 6-0 Pretty was an all-state honorable mention honoree this past season for Midland Dow High School and claimed Midland Daily News MVP recognition after helping the Chargers to a league runner-up crown.

"Kate is a very good athlete and tremendous player," Brandel-Wilhelm said.  "We are truly excited to add her to our program and expect her to make an impact early in her career.  She will be a great addition to Bulldog Volleyball."

Pretty totaled 527 kills with 465 digs and 97 total blocks as Midland Dow posted a 47-7-6 overall record in 2011.  She had 301 kills and 128 digs as a junior in 2010 while helping the Chargers to a 36-11-8 mark under head coach Kristin Eddy.

A two-time first team all-conference honoree, Pretty was also twice chosen as an all-region selection and twice claimed team Most Valuable Player Award honors.  She served as a team co-captain in 2011 and was an all-academic team pick.

As a two-year prep standout, Pretty helped Dow High School to nine first or second place team finishes in tournament play, including a district championship in 2010.

Besides her prep volleyball career, Pretty has also played club volleyball for the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy.  Additionally, she also competed in basketball.

A National Honor Society member, Pretty has been involved in DECA, Volley 4 A Cure and the student senate.  She is the daughter of Keith and Gretchen Pretty.

Ferris State posted a 27-4 overall record in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semifinals while capturing the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship.

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