FSU Volleyball Ranked 14th In National Preseason Poll

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball team is already drawing attention as the Bulldogs are ranked 14th nationally in the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II National Poll that was announced on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, who concluded the 2011 season ranked 12th nationally in the final poll, compiled 358 total points and are one of two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools listed in the top 25 along with Hillsdale, which came in tied for 10th nationally.

Concordia-St. Paul was tabbed as the preseason national favorite followed by Tampa, Cal-State San Bernardino, Nebraska-Kearney and Central Missouri in the top five overall.

Ferris State is only a few spots shy of cracking the national top 10, which the Bulldogs have done 28 times in school history but not since doing so twice in the 1991 campaign. FSU's highest national ranking ever is sixth, which last came on Nov. 24, 1987.

Last season, the Bulldogs climbed to as high as 11th in the country, which represented the program's highest ranking in more than 20 years.

Ferris State officially opens its 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 31, with a pair of non-conference matches at the Ferris State Invitational in Big Rapids.  The Bulldogs host Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) and Mercyhurst in their first two matches of the tournament. FSU then concludes tourney play on Saturday, Sept. 1, with contests against West Virginia State and Clarion (Pa.).

FSU compiled a 27-4 overall record in 2011 and won the GLIAC North Division Championship while also reaching the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semifinals.  The Bulldogs finished as league co-champions after posting an 18-1 conference mark under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

Ferris State returns 11 letterwinners for the 2012 season, including a pair of All-GLIAC and all-region honorable mention selections in senior setter Samantha Fordyce (DeWitt) and senior middle hitter Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview).

Below is the complete AVCA Division II Preseason Poll:

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2011 Record

2011 Final
Poll
 

Concordia - St. Paul (32)

800 

32-4 

2

Tampa 

760 

33-2 

3

Cal State San Bernardino 

700 

32-1 

Nebraska-Kearney 

660 

32-2 

Central Missouri

642 

29-5 

6

SW Minnesota State 

624 

25-7

 T-7 

Minnesota Duluth 

608 

28-4 

T-7

Washburn 

608 

32-3 

9

West Texas A&M 

484 

34-3 

13 

T-10

Hillsdale 

458 

32-3 

T-10

Indianapolis 

458 

24-8 

15 

12

Wayne State (Neb,)

420 

23-8 

10 

13

Metro State 

374 

24-7 

11 

14

Ferris State 

358 

28-4 

12 

15

Angelo State 

322 

31-6 

19 

16

Flagler 

296 

31-7 

14 

 17 

UC San Diego 

260 

26-6 

16 

18 

Lewis 

242 

25-7 

T-20 

19

Eckerd 

215 

27-5 

22 

20

BYU-Hawai'i 

191 

19-4 

NR 

21

Wingate 

170 

32-1 

18 

22

Rollins 

148 

24-11 

NR 

23 

Minnesota State 

105 

20-9 

T-20 

24

Sonoma State 

89 

23-7      

24 

T-25

Colorado School of Mines 

60 

19-11 

NR 

     T-25 Wheeling Jesuit               60 36-4 23


Others Receiving Votes and listed on two or more ballots: Fresno Pacific 42; Armstrong Atlantic State 39; West Florida 33; Missouri S&T 24; Seattle Pacific 24; Emporia State 20; Western Washington 20; University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 14; Alaska-Anchorage 11; Grand Valley 11; Truman 10; Florida Southern 7; Arkarnsas Tech 5

12 schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 51 combined points.

Next Poll: September 3, 2012

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