Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's volleyball program has announced the addition of outside hitter Hunter DePalma (Riverview/Trenton), who will embark on her freshman campaign with the Bulldogs this fall.
The 6-0 DePalma was an honorable mention all-state honoree last fall and is a two-time all-conference selection at Trenton High School.
"Hunter is a strong athlete with excellent potential as a college volleyball player," said FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. "We are excited to add her to a very strong incoming class.
"Her offensive power will increase the level of play in our gym," she added.
DePalma was twice chosen as her squad's Most Valuable Player Award recipient at the prep level and claimed All-Downriver recognition along with all-region laurels each of the last two years under head coach Vincent Muscat.
A two-time all-league pick, DePalma helped THS to a league title in 2011 and also competed on a national level for the Michigan Elite club team. Trenton High School recorded a 32-11 mark her senior campaign.
DePalma, who enjoys hunting and fishing, is the daughter of Jacqueline Presnell and Lawrence DePalma, who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins. She plans to major in denistry at Ferris State.
Ferris State 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.