2013 Ferris State Women's Volleyball Quick Facts

2013 Ferris State Women's Volleyball Quick Facts

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2013 Schedule & Times
2013 Current Roster
2012 Team Results
2012 Individual & Team Stats
Team News & Releases


Location: Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 14,560
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Crimson and Gold
Facility (Capacity): Ewigleben Sports Arena (600)
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler (Michigan, 1972)
Athletics Director: Perk Weisenburger (Central Michigan, 1979)
    Office/E-Mail: (231) 591-2863/weisenj1@ferris.edu
Associate Athletics Director: Jon Coles (Valparaiso, 1999)
    Office/E-Mail: (231) 250-4082/colesj@ferris.edu

Coordinator of Records and NCAA: Jeff Stewart
Office/E-Mail: (231) 591-2799/JefferyStewart@ferris.edu
Faculty Athletics Representative: Dr. Terry Nerbonne
Athletics Department Office/FAX: (231) 591-2860/591-2869

Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
(231) 250-7931/luceyd@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletic Trainer:
Tim Glover, ATC
(231) 250-2990/glovert@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Women's Volleyball):
Kara Bremer
    Office/E-Mail: (517) 980-3803/KaraBremer@ferris.edu 

Equipment Manager: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.
    Office/E-Mail: (231) 250-2773/mumahb@ferris.edu
Ticket Manager: Linda Bomar
    Office/E-Mail: (231) 591-2888/bomarl@ferris.edu

Athletics Communications Director (Women's Volleyball): Rob Bentley
Office/E-Mail: (231) 591-3821/bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, Sports Complex 001, Big Rapids, MI. 49307-2741
Athletics Website: www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com

First Year of Volleyball: 1972
Overall All-Time Record: 859-473 (.645)
Conference All-Time Record: 387-192 (.668)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 16 (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 9-18 (.333)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Indianapolis @ NCAA Midwest Regional in Indianapolis, Ind.
Result: Lost 3-0
Number Years In GLIAC Tourney/Last: 15/2012
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Wayne State
Result: Lost 3-2

Head Coach: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
    Alma Mater: Alma, 1990
    Year Entering At FSU: 18th
    Record at FSU (Years): 357-172 (.675)/17 yrs.
    Career Record (Years): 475-192 (.712)/20 yrs.
 Record vs. the GLIAC (all matches): 238-118 (.669)
 Office Phone/E-Mail: (231) 591-2871/brandelt@ferris.edu
 Best time/day to reach Brandel-Wilhelm: M-F 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (ET) 
Assistant Coach:
Jesse Ortiz (Sonoma State, 2004)
Year Entering At FSU: 3rd
Office/E-Mail: (231) 591-2871/ortizj@ferris.edu

2012 Overall Record: 24-8
Conference Record/Finish: 16-2/2nd
2012 Non-Conference Record: 8-6
2012 Record At Home: 10-3
2012 Record Away: 8-3
2012 Record on Neutral Courts: 6-2

Ferris State (24-8, 16-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)

2012 Final National Ranking
: Not Ranked

2012 Postseason Finish: NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal

2012 Conference Finish: 2nd

Returning Starters/Letterwinners: 3 + libero/11

Top Returners: Courtney Rehm (Jr, OH, 6’2”, All-GLIAC Second Team, 2.34 kpg, 2.96 dpg, 0.62 bpg), Angi Kent (Sr, MH, 6’2”, 0.64 bpg, 1.85 kpg), Brandie Merren (Sr, L, 5’7”, Daktronics All-Midwest Region First-Team, GLIAC Libero of the Year, 4.50 dpg), Megan Vander Meer (So, OH, 5’8”, 1.74 kpg, 0.56 bpg)

Top Newcomers: Alexis Huntey (So, RS, 6’1”), Kaley Konjarevich (Fr, OH, 5’11”), Stephanie Sikorski (Fr, S/OH, 5’9”), Aspen Stuedemann (Fr, MH, 5’11”), Elle Humphries (Fr, OH/MH, 5’11”)

Top Players Lost: Anne Sutton (MH, AVCA All-America HM, First-Team AVCA All-Midwest Region, Academic All-American, All-GLIAC First Team), Samantha Fordyce (S, AVCA All-Midwest Region HM, All-GLIAC First Team), Aly Brecht (OH, All-GLIAC HM)


* The 2013 campaign will represent Ferris State's 41st season of intercollegiate women's volleyball.  The program inaugural season was in 1973.

* Ferris State recorded its 15th consecutive winning season in 2012 with a 24-8 overall mark.  The Bulldogs also made their 15th straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament appearance.   

* Ferris State is ranked among others receiving votes in the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II National Top 25 Preseason Poll.

* In 2011, the Bulldogs climbed to as high as 11th in the country, which represented the program's highest ranking in more than 20 years.

* Two years ago, 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 officially opens its 2013 season on Friday, Sept. 6, with a pair of non-conference matches at the Ferris State Invitational in Big Rapids.  The Bulldogs host California (Pa.) and Missouri-St. Louis in their first two matches of the tournament. FSU then concludes tourney play on Saturday, Sept. 7, with contests against Washburn (Kan.) and Cedarville (Ohio).

Ferris State wrapped up the 2012 campaign with a 24-8 overall record and reached the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semifinals for the second consecutive year. FSU also posted a 16-2 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division play and came within a single victory of claiming a second-straight conference championship. 

* The Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament three of the last four years to date.
Ferris State returns nearly 10 letterwinners for the 2013 season, including a pair of All-GLIAC selections in senior libero Brandie Merren (Hopkins) and junior outside hitter Courtney Rehm (Portage/Central).  A year ago, Merren was tabbed as the GLIAC's Libero of the Year and also a Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team honoree.

* The Bulldogs are guided by head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, who will embark on her 18th year at the Bulldog helm and 21st season overall as a collegiate head coach.