Sept. 28, 2013
North Canton, Ohio - Grand Valley State completed a strong showing in Ohio this weekend, as the #19 Lakers had no problem at Walsh on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 28). After a 3-0 sweep over Malone on Friday night, GVSU took less than 70 minutes to defeat the Cavaliers, 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-7).
Winners of eight straight matches, the Lakers are now 10-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play. GVSU has lost only two sets in its first four GLIAC matches of the 2013 season. Walsh is now 3-8 on the year and 0-4 in league competition.
While Grand Valley State did hold the Cavaliers to a .026 hitting percentage and 22 attack errors (compared to 25 kills), it was the Laker offense that was nearly flawless. GVSU notched 40 kills and only six attack errors for a season-best .337 attack percentage. The last time a Laker team had fewer than six attack errors in a match was on Sept. 22, 2001 when Grand Valley State won 3-0 at Northwood. GVSU had five attack errors in that contest.
In the first set, Walsh actually owned a 16-14 advantage before five consecutive kills put the Lakers ahead, 19-16. Two of the kills came from junior Ally Simmons, while Kaitlyn Wolters, Abby Aiken, and Nicayla Joyce all recorded putaways during the 5-0 run. Junior Kaleigh Lound put down two of the final three points in the set for a 25-19 win.
Behind strong serving from Aiken, GVSU raced out to an 11-1 cushion in the second frame. That stretch featured back-to-back-to-back kills from sophomore Jessica Majerle, two kills from senior Megan Schroeder, and two blocks and a kill from Lound. After hitting .417 (16 kills, one error) in the first set, the Lakers hit .324 in the second stanza with 15 kills, as Walsh would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Freshman Rachel Dickerson and junior Christina Canepa put GVSU out to a huge 16-4 lead in the third set, with Canepa serving on 11 straight points. Majerle had three kills and Simmons added two during the opening surge. A Wolters service ace finished the set at 25-7, giving the Lakers their eighth straight win.
Schroeder led all players with a match-best eight kills, hitting .421 without an error. Simmons put down six kills in 11 swings (also without an error). Both players recorded two blocks. Majerle supplied seven kills, while Lound totaled five kills in eight swings and blocked two Walsh attempts.
Canepa (15 digs), Wolters (14), and Dickerson (10) helped the Lakers own a 57-51 advantage in digs. Wolters also passed for 24 assists.
After the 2-0 road trip, Grand Valley State will travel to Ferris State on Tuesday night (Oct. 1) for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with the Bulldogs.