Oct. 20, 2012
Findlay, Ohio - For the fourth straight match, Grand Valley State earned a 3-0 sweep on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 20) against Findlay in Ohio. The Lakers, coming off a big 3-0 victory at Wayne State on Friday night, easily took care of the Oilers with wins of 25-18, 25-19, and 25-13.
GVSU pushes its winning streak to nine straight matches. The Lakers are 18-4 overall and 8-3 in GLIAC play. Grand Valley State has won its last 15 sets, which is the most since the 2010 team won 17 straight sets from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7 of that season. With the loss on Saturday, Findlay drops to 8-13 overall and 5-6 in the conference.
A complete team effort on Saturday, GVSU's defense took over. The Lakers notched nine team blocks and held Findlay to a .011 hitting percentage. Six of those blocks went to senior Eno Umoh, while sophomore setter Clair Ruhenkamp tallied a career-high five block assists.
Five GVSU players put away at least six kills, with Umoh (10 kills, .333 hitting percentage) and junior Megan Schroeder (nine kills, .350 attack clip) leading the way. Sophomore Betsy Ronda supplied eight kills and seven digs in the win.
In the opening set, Grand Valley State jumped out to an 8-2 advantage after a kill from Umoh and four consecutive Findlay hitting errors. One of those was blocked by Umoh and Ronda. GVSU pushed ahead 16-9 after a solo block from sophomore Abby Aiken, a combined block from Schroeder and junior Abby Ebels, a kill from Ebels, and a kill from Schroeder. Aiken's kill later in the set made the score 25-18 in GVSU's favor.
Findlay kept the second set close at 9-9 before a 10-2 Laker run made the tally 19-11. Schroeder, Umoh, and Ronda all had two kills apiece during the run, all assisted by Ruhenkamp. Later in the set, three kills from Aiken, two more from Ronda, and a final putdown by Umoh gave Grand Valley State a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was again close at 10-7 before the Lakers began to pull away. GVSU used a 6-0 run that featured the following points: Umoh solo block, Aiken kill, combined block by Ruhenkamp and Aiken, back-to-back aces by Umoh, and an Ebels kill to lead 16-7. Ronda would provide the final three Laker kills, with her last attack earning GVSU the victory.
Ebels hit .333 with her six kills, while Aiken picked up a team-high nine digs and six kills. Umoh led all players with 10 kills in addition to her six blocks and two aces. Ruhenkamp provided 31 assists and nine digs with her five blocks.
GVSU owned leads in kills (40-22), hitting percentage (.238-.011), digs (47-41), and blocks (9-7). Each team served up five aces.
Grand Valley State returns to Allendale next weekend for the first time since Oct. 6. The Lakers take on Northern Michigan in their 'Spike Out Cancer' match at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night (Oct. 26).