Final Group Of All-Time Top 40 Volleyball Players Announced

Note: Pictured are Lisa Tobiczyk (left) and Lindsay Tye (right)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The final group of Ferris State Volleyball's "Top 40 Players Of The First 40 Years" has officially been announced.

Ferris State will celebrate its 40th season of intercollegiate volleyball competition this fall and kickoff the campaign with a special "40th Anniversary Celebration" banquet this 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" has been announced leading up to the Aug. 10 event.  Each group of 10 honorees was unveiled via a press release in alphabetical order at 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.

The final 10 members of the all-time team are based on alphabetical order and listed below.  

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

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

1. Sharon Sanders (1981-84) - Setter
All-American, Three-Time All-GLIAC, All-Region, Two-Time Team MVP, Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

2. Stephanie Speed
(2000-03) - Outside Hitter
Two-Time All-GLIAC, Two-Time GLIAC All-Academic Team, All-Region

3. Linda Spicer
(1981-82) - Middle Hitter
Two-Time All-GLIAC, Team Most Valuable Player

4. Patti Stirling (1993-96) - Middle Hitter
Two-Time All-GLIAC, Team Most Valuable Player

5. Patty Theis (1984-87) - Middle Hitter
Three-Time All-American, Three-Time All-GLIAC, Three-Time GLIAC All-Academic, Two-Time All-Region, Team MVP, Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

6. Lisa Tobiczyk (2007-11) - Libero
All-American, Three-Time GLIAC All-Academic, Two-Time All-GLIAC

7. Lindsey Tye (2004-07) - Outside Hitter
All-American, Two-Time All-GLIAC, Team MVP, All-Region, Two-Time GLIAC All-Academic Team

8. Sarah VanderMolen (1997-00) - Outside/Middle Hitter
Two-Time All-GLIAC, Two-Time All-Region, Two-Time Team MVP, Two-Time GLIAC All-Academic, Two-Time GLIAC All-Tourney Team

9. Karen Volkers (1987-90) - Middle Hitter
All-American, Three-Time All-GLIAC, GLIAC Player of the Year, Two-Time All-Region, Team MVP, GLIAC All-Academic Team, Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

10. Karla White (2003-06) - Middle Hitter
All-Region, Two-Time All-GLIAC, Two-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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