Ferris State Volleyball, Soccer Continue Fall Preparations

Ferris State Volleyball, Soccer Continue Fall Preparations

Big Rapids, Mich. - In addition to the Ferris State University football team, both the Bulldog women's soccer and volleyball squads are also progressing thru fall camp in preparations for the 2012 campaign.

Both teams began camp this past week and both are slated to open up the year on Aug. 31 in respective events.

Ferris State officially opens its 2012 volleyball 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.).

Meanwhile, the women's soccer team officially starts the regular-season by squaring off against Indianapolis in the Grand Valley State Kickoff Tournament on Friday, Aug. 31, in Allendale.  Match time is set for 4:30 p.m. (ET).  FSU then faces Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) to wrap up the event on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. (ET).

In addition to practices and scrimmages, both teams have a variety of other events taking place during fall camp such as meetings, conditioning, team bonding and more.

The 2012 campaign will represent the 40th anniversary season for the Bulldog volleyball program while the women's soccer squad will embark on its 14th season of varsity competition.

FSU compiled a 27-4 overall volleyball record in 2011 and won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (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 is currently ranked 14th in the 2012 AVCA Division II Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Bulldogs finished the 2011 women's soccer campaign with a 7-9-3 overall record.  Head Coach Matt Kellogg will embark on this third season at the Bulldog helm this fall and has guided FSU to back-to-back trips to the GLIAC Tournament.  Last fall's appearance in the conference tournament represented the program's fourth ever as the Bulldogs also made the tournament in 2007 and 2008 before the back-to-back trips in 2010 and 2011.