Dec. 11, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State had three players voted to the 2013 All-America teams, released by a pair of organizations on Wednesday (Dec. 11). Outside hitter Abby Aiken and setter Kaitlyn Wolters (both juniors), along with sophomore Kaleigh Lound, were the three Lakers honored as All-America selections for the 2013 season.
Both the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and Daktronics, Inc., released their All-America teams on Wednesday; coaches around the country select the AVCA team, while sports information directors vote on the Daktronics teams.
Aiken was named to the Daktronics All-America Second Team, as well as earning honorable mention plaudits on the AVCA squad. Lound was an AVCA Third Team selection, while Wolters was also chosen as an AVCA honorable mention selection.
The 2013 GLIAC Player of the Year and the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year, Aiken was the only player in the GLIAC to finish in the top-10 in both kills (3rd, 427) and digs (10th, 413). Her 3.34 kills per set and 3.9 points per set were both the fifth-most in the league. Aiken ranked second on GVSU in service aces (36) and solo blocks (16) and fourth in total blocks (67). Her 1,334 total attacks are the second-most in a season by any player in GVSU history, while her 10.42 attacks per set are the fourth-most ever in program history. Aiken was a First Team All-GLIAC choice and named to the All-Midwest Region Teams by both AVCA and Daktronics.
Lound led the GLIAC in all three major blocking categories, as the sophomore was first in solo blocks (27), block assists (125), and total blocks (152). Her 1.20 blocks per set was the second-highest in the league. A much improved offensive player, as well, Lound's .316 hitting percentage was also the second-best figure in the conference. She was fourth on GVSU with 233 kills. Her 125 block assists and 152 total blocks are the highest by any Laker player in a single season since 2008. Lound's 125 block assists are the eighth-most in a season in GVSU history. She is the first Grand Valley State player to earn AVCA All-America honors since Rebeccah Rapin did so in 2010. Lound was a Second Team All-GLIAC selection and selected to both the AVCA and Daktronics All-Midwest Region Teams.
In her first season with GVSU, Wolters dished out 1,251 assists, the most by a Laker since the 2008 season. That was the fourth-highest total in the conference, while her 10.17 assists per set was the the sixth-best in the GLIAC. A very talented offensive player, Wolters hit .284 on the season and notched 123 kills from the setting position, the sixth-most on the team. She was very strong defensively, ranking third on GVSU in digs (374), fifth in total blocks (60), and sixth in aces (21). Wolters also named to the All-GLIAC First Team and voted to the All-Midwest Region Teams by both the AVCA and Daktronics.
Grand Valley State went 31-4 in 2013, finishing as the Midwest Region runner-up. The Lakers were the GLIAC regular season champions and the GLIAC tournament champions. GVSU's 31 wins are tied for the seventh-most in program history and its 21-match win streak was one win shy of tying the school record, set in 2001 and 2008.