Bulldog Women's Volleyball & Soccer Teams Report For Fall Camp This Weekend

Soccer & Volleyball

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University volleyball and women's soccer programs will join the Bulldog Football squad in opening fall camp as both teams officially report for the start of preseason workouts this weekend.

Both teams will hold their first practice and training sessions in Big Rapids this coming week following initial testing and official check-in activities.

Along with the normal preseason practices, both teams will also participate in several scrimmages before camp comes to a close. Team meetings, presentations and conditioning are also part of the various scheduled preseason activities for both squads.

Ferris State Volleyball will report on Saturday for the team's annual retreat and orientation before the first practice on Monday. Meanwhile, the soccer squad also reports Saturday and will hold a golf outing Sunday before commencing drills on Monday.

The Bulldog volleyball squad, which is the three-time defending Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular Season and Tournament Champion, was chosen first in the 2017 GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll. 

Last year, the Bulldogs made the school's sixth-straight and 21st overall NCAA Tournament appearance while finishing the campaign with a 30-6 overall record. FSU won its third-straight GLIAC Regular-Season Championship and claimed the school's third consecutive GLIAC Tournament title while earning the right to host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament where FSU finished as the regional runner-up in the Division II Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row.

Overall, last season marked the 15th time in 21 seasons under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm in which FSU Volleyball has claimed at least 20 victories in a campaign. The Bulldogs also made their 19th consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance during the 2016 campaign. Brandel-Wilhelm earned AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

Over the past three years, the Bulldogs have ranked high nationally, including as high as #1 for the first time in school history in 2015, and the Bulldogs have compiled a 87-15 overall record, including a 50-3 conference mark during the three-year stretch. Ferris State will welcome back 11 letter winners for the 2017 season

This fall's schedule is highlighted by the season-opening Ferris State Invitational on Sept.1-2 at the Ewigleben Sports Complex. FSU opens the season by hosting Missouri Western State and Cedarville (Ohio) in first-day action on Friday (Sept. 1) at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (ET), respectively.

Meanwhile, the Ferris State women's soccer squad was picked fourth overall in the 2017 GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll. A large bulk of the FSU roster will return for the 2017 campaign with the Bulldogs also welcoming a large addition of prep signees to help further bolster an ever-improving lineup and offset the loss of only two seniors from a year ago.

Ferris State advanced to the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth-straight year in 2017, which represents the best stretch in school history. FSU has reached the league semifinals three times in the last five years and the Bulldogs have also ranked among the nation's top performers academically in the classroom.

FSU head coach Andy McCaslin's returnees include a trio of All-GLIAC honorees from last season in senior midfielder Rachel Fouts along with sophomore goalkeeper Grace Kraft and junior Carley Dubbert.

The 2017 season will represent Ferris State's 19th season of intercollegiate competition. Ferris State officially kicks off the year on Friday, Sept. 1, at Carson-Newman (Tenn.) for a non-league tilt.