August 5, 2012

Group Three Of Top 40 Players Announced

Note: Pictured are Andrea Rich (left) and Jamie Palazzolo (right)

Big Rapids, Mich. - Five former student-athletes who competed in the 1980's are part of the third group of 10 standouts announced as part of Ferris State Volleyball's "Top 40 Players Of The First 40 Years".

Ferris State will celebrate its 40th season of intercollegiate volleyball competition this fall and kickoff the campaign with a special "40th Anniversary Celebration" banquet on Friday, Aug. 10, at CK's Place near Big Rapids.  The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. (ET) followed by dinner and the banquet program at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

As part of commemorating the 40th anniversary, an all-time team recognizing the "Top 40 Bulldog Volleyball Players Of The First 40 years" is being announced leading up to the Aug. 10 event.  Each group of 10 honorees will be unveiled via a press release in alphabetical order at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com and will be recognized at the celebration banquet.

The 40 players named to the all-time team were chosen by a special committee consisting of former Bulldog head coaches, who include Marilyn Clark (1973-74), Monica Folske (1975-79), Kathy DeBoer (1980-83) and Jill Hirschinger (1984-95) along with current FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm (1996-present).

Together, the five head coaches have led the Bulldogs to 32 winning seasons, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and 10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships.  FSU has compiled an all-time record of 819-452 (65%) since the program's inception in 1973.

Group three features five competitors who played at least a portion of their Bulldog career in the 1980's, including Dawn Lowe, Shirley Lynch, Wendy McCann, Kim McDowell and Linda Mix.

The final 10 members of the all-time team will be announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8) based on alphabetical order.  

For more information on the "40th Anniversary Celebration" banquet, please contact Athletics Advancement Officer William Goode at (231) 591-3818 or via email at goodew@ferris.edu.

Listed below are the third 10 (L-R) named to the All-Time Team
along with a few notes on their career accomplishments:

1. Dawn Lowe (1984-87) - Setter
Academic All-American, All-GLIAC, Three-Time GLIAC All-Academic Team

2. Shirley Lynch
(1981-84) - Middle Hitter
Two-Time All-GLIAC, Team MVP, All-Region

3. Wendy McCann
(1984-87) - Outside Hitter
All-American, All-GLIAC, All-Region, Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

4. Kim McDowell (1988-91) - Setter
Three-Time All-GLIAC, Three-Time All-Region

5. Erin Minnis (1998-01) - Middle Hitter
Two-Time All-Region, Two-Time All-GLIAC, Three-Time GLIAC All-Academic Team, Team MVP

6. Linda Mix (1981-82) - Outside/Middle Hitter
All-GLIAC Honoree

7. Kathy O'Connor (1990-93) - Middle Hitter
All-American, Two-Time All-GLIAC, Two-Time All-Region, Team MVP

8. Alaina Olds (1999-02) - Middle Hitter
All-American, Two-Time All-Region, Two-Time All-GLIAC, GLIAC All-Tourney Team, GLIAC All-Academic Team

9. Jamie Palazzolo (2003-07) - Outside Hitter/Libero
Two-Time All-GLIAC honoree

10. Andrea Rich (2005-08) - Setter
All-Region, Two-Time All-GLIAC, Three-Time GLIAC All-Academic Team


Top 40 Players Of First 40 Years Release Schedule:
July 20 - A-G
July 28 - G-L
Aug. 5 - L-R
Aug. 8 - S-Z

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