Ferris’ volleyball team is about to start

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BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University’s volleyball program will begin preparations for the 2022 fall campaign as FSU officially announces the start of preseason practices this weekend.

The Bulldogs will report on Saturday, then hold their first practice and practice Monday in Big Rapids after initial testing and official check-in activities.

In addition to normal pre-season practices, the team will also participate in several scrums before the end of camp. Team meetings, presentations and conditioning are also among the various pre-season activities planned.

Last fall, Ferris State compiled an impressive 27-5 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championship Game. The Bulldogs also won the GLIAC South Division Championship and won the GLIAC Tournament in a memorable postseason series that included FSU serving as the top seed and hosting the Midwest Regional Tournament.

Ferris State has currently made 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and has qualified for at least nine regional semifinals in the past 10 years. FSU’s 2021 regional appearance represented the program’s 25th all-time NCAA offering.

The 2021 campaign marked the 19th time in 26 seasons under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm in which FSU had won at least 20 wins in one campaign. The Bulldogs made their 24th consecutive appearance at the GLIAC tournament last fall.

This fall, the Bulldogs will celebrate Ferris State Volleyball’s 50th season and play home games inside Jim Wink Arena before potentially moving into the new Bulldog Arena later this fall. FSU will open the 2022 campaign at the Western Washington Invitational on August 25-26 before competing in the Hillsdale Charger Invitational on September 1-2. Game 1 at home is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 against Wisconsin-Parkside as the Bulldogs open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.

Overall, Ferris State has won a GLIAC regular season championship and won the conference postseason tournament seven of the past eight seasons.

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