Nov. 27, 2012
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State senior Eno Umoh was voted to the Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region First Team, as announced in a release on Tuesday (Nov. 27). The middle blocker was one of seven players named to the region's first team, in voting conducted by sports information directors from the Midwest Region.
A First Team All-GLIAC choice, Umoh is having her best season in a Laker uniform, as she will close her career leading GVSU in block assists during all four of her seasons in Allendale. One of the top blockers in the country, Umoh leads Grand Valley State in solo blocks (30), block assists (111), total blocks (141), and blocks per set (1.29). She is second in the GLIAC in blocks per set and eighth with a .278 hitting percentage.
In terms of career blocks in Laker history, Umoh is easily one of the best. She has 421 career block assists, trailing only former teammate Rebeccah Rapin, who tallied 437 assists from 2007-10. Umoh's 505 total blocks is third-most in school history, again trailing Rapin (525) and Wendy Lesch, who notched 515 blocks from 1987-88 and 1990-91. She is one of just three GVSU players to ever reach the 500-block mark.
Umoh was joined on the Daktronics Midwest Region First Team by four other GLIAC players. Northwood's Juliia Pakhomenko and Ashland's Brittany Snider were chosen at the outside hitter position, while Ferris State middle blocker Anne Sutton and FSU libero Brandie Merren both made the First Team. Indianapolis had the other two First Team selections in setter Meghan Binkerd and outside hitter Kristina Kerrigan, who was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year.
The Second Team was comprised of Jen Krumwiede (Lewis), Bridget Nickel (Wisconsin-Parkside), and Alex Smith (Drury) as the outside hitters. Missouri S&T's Krista Haslag and Rockhurst's Kelsey Stratman were the middle blockers on the Second Team. Ashland's Crystal Elliott is the setter and Amy Choi, the Lewis libero, were honored as Second Team selections.
Umoh, as well as the other six First Team selections, will move on in the All-America voting process. The Daktronics Ind. All-America teams will be announced next Wednesday (Dec. 5).
Grand Valley State, 25-7 overall in 2012 and runners-up at the GLIAC Tournament, will take on league foe Hillsdale on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 29) in the Midwest Region Tournament. The Lakers and Chargers will square off - for the fourth time this season - in the quarterfinals at 12:00 p.m. from Indianapolis, Ind.