Big Rapids, Mich. - The 2013 Ferris State University volleyball team will celebrate a memorable campaign and trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight by holding its annual postseason awards banquet on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Falcon Head Golf Course in Big Rapids.
The banquet will begin at 11 a.m. (ET) and run until approximately 1 p.m. (ET).
The event will include a buffet meal, individual and team postseason awards, a senior presentation along with a season highlight film.
All Bulldog fans and parents are invited and encouraged to attend the annual event. The cost is $20 per person. Parents and fans are asked to please RSVP by email or phone prior to the banquet so the proper arrangements can be made.
Those wishing to attend or anyone who has additional questions should please call the FSU Volleyball Office at (231) 591-2871 or email coordinator of operations Robin Young (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ferris State closed a memorable 2013 campaign by winning the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship to advance to the Division II Elite Eight. FSU closed the year with a 25-9 overall record after nearly pulling off a major win over eventual national runner-up BYU-Hawaii in their first appearance deep on the national stage since the late 1980's. The Bulldogs, who made their 18th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance this past fall, claimed a regional crown to reach the Elite Eight and national quarterfinals for only the third time in school history and first since 1989.
This past year marked Ferris State's first regional championship since previously winning two back in 1987 and 1989. The Bulldogs reached at least the regional semifinals for the third year in a row and have now made the NCAA Tournament nine times under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who led FSU to the Elite Eight for the first time in her tenure after notching her 500th career victory in an exciting 3-2 comeback win over archrival Grand Valley State in the Midwest Regional title match in Allendale.
The Bulldogs also placed tied for second this season in the GLIAC with a 15-3 overall record, reached the conference tournament for the 16th consecutive year and posted 20 wins or more for the 12th time in 18 seasons under Brandel-Wilhelm's direction.