Oct. 10, 2012
Allendale, Mich. - This weekend, the Grand Valley State volleyball team travels to Aurora, Ill. for the fifth annual GLIAC-GLVC Crossover Tournament. GVSU will face off with three teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in what is believed to be the largest collegiate volleyball tournament in the country.
One of 32 teams competing this weekend from the GLIAC and GLVC, Grand Valley State will play twice on Friday (Oct. 12), meeting up with Missouri S&T at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by a 6:30 p.m. ET match against Bellarmine. GVSU will play once on Saturday (Oct. 13), squaring off with William Jewell at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Friday's schedule against Missouri S&T and Bellarmine is identical to last season's meetings, when the Lakers also faced the Miners and Knights on the opening day. GVSU has squared off against both schools twice during the previous four Crossover Tournaments. On Sept. 1 in Monmouth, Ore., Grand Valley State came back to defeat Missouri S&T by a 3-2 score, including a 25-23 win in the fourth set and a 15-8 tally in the fifth frame.
GVSU owns a 7-5 all-time record at the Crossover Tournament, including perfect 3-0 tallies in 2008 and 2010. Here is a look at how the Lakers have fared during the previous four years of the GLIAC-GLVC Crossover Tournament:
2008: W, 3-1 - Indianapolis / W, 3-1 - Northern Kentucky / W, 3-0 - Bellarmine
2009: L, 3-1 - Rockhurst / L, 3-2 - Lewis / W, 3-0 - Missouri St. Louis
2010: W, 3-0 - Missouri S&T / W, 3-0 - Northern Kentucky / W, 3-2 - Lewis
2011: L, 3-1 - Missouri S&T / L, 3-1 - Bellarmine / L, 3-2 - Lewis
GVSU enters the tournament as the GLIAC's #5 seed, as the Lakers own a 13-4 overall record and a 6-3 mark in league play. Grand Valley State takes a four-match winning streak into the Crossover Tournament, three of which were 3-0 sweeps. Since Sept. 1, the only teams that have defeated the Lakers are Northwood, Ferris State, and Hillsdale, the top three seeds from the GLIAC.
Ranked second in the conference in both kills (13.27) and assists per set (12.16), GVSU is fifth in blocks (1.97), digs (15.67), and hitting percentage (.215). Senior Eno Umoh ranks fourth with 1.18 blocks per set and has upped her career blocking totals to 429 total bocks and 359 block assists. She is one block away from reaching third on the all-time GVSU career block assist list and fifth on the total block charts.
Three Laker individuals are in fifth place in their respective categories. Junior Abby Ebels is fifth in the GLIAC with a .339 hitting percentage, sophomore Abby Aiken ranks fifth with 3.30 kills per set, and sophomore Christina Canepa's 4.12 digs are fifth-most in the league. Freshman Betsy Ronda ranks sixth with 3.22 kills per set, while sophomore Clair Ruhenkamp is 10th with 8.72 assists per set.
Here is information about Grand Valley State's upcoming opponents from the GLVC (ranking indicates team's seed in the conference):
#2 Missouri S&T: 13-5 overall, 9-0 GLVC, first in West Division, won nine straight matches...first in GLVC in digs (18.94), second in kills (13.58), assists (12.72), and blocks (2.23), and third in opponents hitting percentage (.153)...senior Kelly Kosmopolis is first in the GLVC with a .353 hitting percentage...freshman Krista Haslag leads the league with 1.62 blocks per set and is fourth with a .309 attack mark...senior Jennifer Costello ranks second with 11.33 assists per set...senior Jocelyn DeMotte is third (4.79) in the GLVC in digs, while classmate Jennifer Kegler is 10th (3.97)...GVSU is 2-1 all-time against the Miners.
#6 Bellarmine: 9-4 overall, 6-3 GLVC, fourth in East Division, won two straight matches...third in GLVC in hitting percentage (.235), fifth in kills (12.35), assists (11.33), and aces (1.35), but rank last in blocks (63 total)...sophomore Jaclyn Ohlmann leads the GLVC with 5.49 digs per set...junior Bailey BredenbeckCorp ranks third in the conference with 10.61 assists per set and ninth with 16 service aces...senior Alyson Harmeling is seventh with 3.20 kills per set, while classmate Paula Byrns is eighth in that category with 3.16 kills...GVSU is 7-2 all-time against the Knights.
#8 William Jewell: 9-9 overall, 4-5 GLVC, fifth in West Division, currently on a one-match win streak...third in GLVC in digs (16.57), fourth in opponents in hitting percentage (.157), ninth in aces (1.22) and hitting percentage (.178)...junior Katie Damgar is second in the conference with 5.09 digs per set...senior Hannah Herndon is eighth in the GLVC with 23 aces and 10th with 2.99 kills per set...GVSU has never faced the Cardinals.
After this weekend, GVSU will be on the road again on Oct. 19-20, when the Lakers travel to face Wayne State and Findlay.