Sept. 14, 2007
#11 Grand Valley State tallied its fourth straight sweep and seventh consecutive victory as they defeated Michigan Tech, 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-22), Friday night at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. GVSU is now 12-2 overall and 2-0 in GLIAC action and Michigan Tech falls to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC. The Lakers will continue their home stint as they host Northern Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first game of the match until the Lakers took a 13-12 lead. GVSU went on to score the next five straight points to go ahead 18-12. Grand Valley State went up 22-14 and the Huskies then cut the lead to 22-16. GVSU then pushed its lead to 28-21, needing just two points to seal the game. Michigan Tech scored the next four out of five points though to trail, 29-25. GVSU then closed out the game with a kill by Lauren Reber, winning 30-25.
Once again the two teams went back and forth sharing the lead in the beginning of game two. GVSU tied the game at 10-10 and went on a 5-1 run to take a 15-11 lead. The Huskies hung in however, and cut the Laker lead to 20-18. GVSU didn't back down and took a 25-21 lead and then went on a 3-0 run to go up 28-21. The Lakers scored two out of the next four points and it was enough to seal the 30-23 game two win.
In game three, GVSU jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but the Huskies came back to tie the game at 8-8. The Lakers then went ahead 15-10, but once again Michigan Tech came back to even the match at 19-19. GVSU went ahead by one, 23-22 and then score the final seven points to win game three, 30-22.
Neither team has a strong hitting performance as the Lakers tallied a .160 team hitting percentage and the Huskies hit .051. GVSU posted 45 kills, 38 assists, seven aces, and seven total team blocks, while MTU had 31 kills, 24 assists, five aces, and six blocks.
Senior middle blocker Erica Vandekopple led the Lakers for the second straight night as she recorded 12 kills, two solo and two assisted blocks, two digs, and an ace. Junior outside hitter Lauren Reber tallied 11 kills, 18 digs, and three aces, while sophomore outside hitter Kaity Gormley added 10 kills, 14 digs, and two assisted blocks. Freshman middle blocker Rebeccah Rapin posted six kills, two assists, and three assisted blocks and junior middle blocker Danielle Alexander had five kills, two assists, four digs, and two assisted blocks. Junior setter Jamie Ashmore recorded 30 assists and 13 digs and senior libero Allyson Riley added 20 digs and three assists.
The Lakers will host Northern Michigan in another GLIAC contest on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. in the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.