Sept. 15, 2012
Midland, Mich. - After dropping a 3-1 decision at rival Hillsdale on Friday night, Grand Valley State suffered a similar defeat on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 15) at Northwood. The Timberwolves, who shocked GLIAC favorite Ferris State in five sets on Friday night, won by scores of 25-20, 25-15, 16-25, and 25-20.
With the loss, GVSU falls to 7-3 on the season and 0-2 in GLIAC play. Northwood is now 8-3 on the year and 2-0 in the conference, as four Timberwolves had eight or more kills and four players notched at least 10 digs apiece.
For Grand Valley State, the Lakers received another double-double from freshman outside hitter Betsy Ronda, who accumulated a match-high 16 kills and 11 digs. It is the sixth time this season that the newcomer has recored a double-double. Sophomore libero Christina Canepa tallied a match-high 17 digs in the loss.
The first set was tied at 5-5 before Northwood used a 7-1 run to open up a 12-6 advantage. GVSU would respond and cut the score to 13-12 before another 7-3 spurt by the Timberwolves made the set, 20-15. NU would eventually put the score away at 25-20 despite the Lakers notching a .308 hitting percentage in the opening frame.
Grand Valley State would keep the second set close early, knotting the score at 6-6. However, Northwood answered with a counterpunch, tallying seven straight points to open up a 13-6 cushion. The closest that the Lakers would get in the remainder of the set was 17-12 before a set-ending 8-2 run by the Timberwolves.
GVSU was in control of the third set for nearly the entire stanza. Leading 12-8, the Lakers upped the advantage to 17-9 after a kill and an ace from Ronda, a kill from Abby Aiken, and a combined block from Eno Umoh and Clair Ruhenkamp. The Timberwolves pulled within five at 19-14 before Grand Valley State notched five straight points and opened a 24-14 advantage. Moments later, the Lakers had cut the match score to two sets to one.
A tight fourth set saw NU with a 12-10 lead before the Timberwolves used a 6-1 run to push the score to 18-11. GVSU continued to chip away and cut into Northwood's deficit, making the score 21-18. The Timberwolves then notched three consecutive points and closed the set and match on a Laker error.
For the match, Grand Valley State hit .140 with 40 kills, while Northwood connected for 47 kills and a .200 attack clip. Both teams recorded seven blocks. After serving 11 aces on Friday night at Hillsdale, the Lakers served up only three aces on Saturday. The Timberwolves recorded nine service aces and tallied more digs (63-62) and assists (46-38).
Aiken also neared a double-double, totaling nine kills and nine digs. Junior Abby Ebels hit .357 and provided seven kills, three digs, and two solo blocks. Ruhenkamp dished out 24 assists and added nine digs.
The Lakers return to Allendale for three straight home matches. GVSU takes on Malone on Friday night (Sept. 21) against Malone in a GLIAC contest at 7:00 p.m.