Bulldog Volleyball Receives NCAA Division II Tournament Berth!

Bulldog Volleyball Receives NCAA Division II Tournament Berth!

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The 2012 Ferris State University women's volleyball team will continue its season as the Bulldogs have earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Women's Volleyball Tournament as announced late Sunday (Nov. 18) evening by the national women's volleyball committee.

Ferris State, which is seeded fifth overall in the field, will go up against the tourney's number-four seed Lewis (Ill.) in regional quarterfinal-round action at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Ind.  The regional event will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and official match times and information will be announced soon.

Nationally-ranked Indianapolis was chosen as the top seed and will host the single-elimination regional tournament this season.

Ferris State will be making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid following last year's trip to the regional semifinals.  FSU's upcoming regional appearance will represent the program's 17th all-time as the Bulldogs have compiled a 8-17 overall record in NCAA Tournament competition.

Ferris State and Lewis met earlier this season in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Crossover Tournament with the Flyers taking a close 3-2 victory in Aurora, Ill.

Ferris State, which is coached by 17th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, is presently 23-7 overall this campaign following a 3-2 setback to Wayne State in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals held Wednesday (Nov. 14) evening at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs placed second overall this season in the GLIAC standings with a 16-2 league mark and came within one victory of claiming a second-straight league championship.  Lewis owns a 26-10 overall record this season and posted a 15-3 mark in GLVC action.  The Flyers advanced to the GLVC Tournament Championship match before falling to Rockhurst (Mo.) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The Division II Women's Volleyball Committee selected a total of 64 teams to participate in the 2012 Division II Women's Volleyball Championship. Eight teams were selected from each of the following eight regions: Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West.

The eight, eight-team regionals will be played at on-campus sites. Regional competition will be single-elimination, best-of-five set matches and will not include a third-place match. The winners of each of the eight regionals will advance to the championship finals, Dec. 6-8. Competition at the final site will be single-elimination, best-of-five set matches. The site of the finals, the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, will be on the campus of West Florida at the UWF Field House.

Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information pertaining to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament and official match times once they become available.

Here are the quarterfinal-round pairings for the 2012 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament:

MIDWEST — Hosted by Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 29-Dec. 1
No. 1 Indianapolis (27-7) vs. No. 8 Rockhurst (28-6)     
No. 2 Northwood (Mich.) (26-6) vs. No. 7 Ashland (23-8)
No. 3 Grand Valley State (25-7) vs. No. 6 Hillsdale (15-15)
No. 4 Lewis (26-10) vs. No. 5 Ferris State (23-7)

Times TBA