Nov. 9, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - #16 Grand Valley State made quick work of visiting Lake Superior State on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 9), as GVSU earned its sixth straight sweep, 3-0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-13). The home Lakers extended their current win streak to 14 consecutive matches and 22 of the last 23 contests by knocking off Lake Superior State in just 55 minutes of action. With the win, GVSU also captures at least a share of the GLIAC regular season championship.
Since dropping a 3-2 decision at Ferris State on Oct. 1, Grand Valley State is 14-0 and has won 42 of the 45 sets in which it has played. Overall, GVSU improves to 24-3 on the season and 15-1 in GLIAC matches. The Lakers are 11-2 at home and have won nine straight in Allendale. Lake Superior State falls to 4-19 overall and 2-14 in league play.
The win completed a perfect 3-0 week at home for Grand Valley State, who defeated Ferris State, Saginaw Valley State, and LSSU all by 3-0 sweeps. Saturday's match was never close, as Lake Superior State didn't hold a lead until the third set. As a team, GVSU hit .387 in the contest, tallying 34 kills and just five attack errors. Contrastingly, LSSU recorded 25 kills and 18 errors for a .081 attack mark.
Grand Valley State jumped ahead 11-4 after a 4-0 run saw two Betsy Ronda kills, an ace from freshman Nicayla Joyce, and an Ally Simmons kill. The cushion was 18-9 before GVSU eventually finished off the set with a pair of late kills from sophomore Alyssa Wolfram. The home Lakers hit .389 (15 kills, one error) in the opening frame.
In set two, GVSU led 11-3, as redshirt freshman Josie Werner notched two kills and combined on a pair of blocks in a 5-0 run. Sophomore Kaleigh Lound smacked consecutive kills to make the lead grow to 17-5 and she would add a solo block moments later. After a Jessica Majerle kill made the score 24-7, junior libero Christina Canepa served up a set-ending ace. Grand Valley State outdid themselves in the second set, hitting .417 with 12 kills.
The third set was a little closer, as Lake Superior State had the score at 11-8 before GVSU used an 8-1 run to take control. During that stretch, junior Abby Aiken notched a kill and a solo block, Werner put down a kill, and Joyce served another ace. Werner picked up two more kills later in the stanza and the match ended - appropriately enough - on a kill from senior Megan Schroeder, who was honored prior to the match (along with classmate Alisha Laing) on Senior Day.
Werner led Grand Valley State with eight kills in 10 swings, not committing an error and hitting a phenomenal .800 in the match. She added three blocks and a pair of service aces. In her last regular season match in Allendale, Schroeder provided six kills, two blocks, and a .417 attack clip. Lound added four kills in nine swings and three blocks, while Joyce served up a match-best three aces and picked up eight digs.
Junior setter Kaitlyn Wolters dished out 24 assists and served up two aces for GVSU, which tallied a season-high 11 aces. Lake Superior State did not record a service ace. During the team's three home matches this week, Grand Valley State owned an incredible 27-3 edge in service aces.
GVSU has two remaining regular season matches, as the Lakers face Northwood next Friday night (Nov. 15) and Hillsdale on Saturday (Nov. 16). With a two-match lead over Ferris State, Northwood, and Northern Michigan - all 13-3 in the GLIAC - Grand Valley State has clinched at least a share of the conference title for the first time since 2008.