No. 6 GVSU Drops Northern Kentucky for 17th Consecutive Win

10/17/2008

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The No. 6 Grand Valley State Lakers continued their recent dominance on the court by defeating #21 Northern Kentucky, 3-1, on Friday afternoon (Oct. 17) in the inaugural GLVC-GLIAC Crossover Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. After toppling No. 24 Indianapolis earlier in the day, the Lakers dropped NKU 25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23. GVSU has won 17 consecutive matches and improves to 20-2 on the year, while Northern Kentucky falls to 21-5 overall.

This is the second time in 2008 that the Lakers have defeated a pair of top-25 opponents in the same day. On Sept. 6, GVSU won 3-0 matches over #21 Chico State and #19 West Florida. Grand Valley State is 5-2 on the year against ranked opponents, including wins in their last four top-25 matches. The 20 victories mark the 11th straight season that the Lakers have passed the 20-win plateau.

GVSU entered the tournament as the #1 seed in the GLIAC, with a perfect 11-0 record, while the Norse are the #2 seed in the GLVC, as they own a 10-1 league mark.

After winning the first set 25-22, Grand Valley State dropped a close second set, 25-23. However, the Lakers rebounded to win the final two sets, with a convincing 25-16 third set victory and closed out the match with a 25-23 fourth set win.

Continuing their solid play on the opening day of the tournament was junior Whitney Tremain and senior Danielle Alexander. Tremain totaled a team-high 15 kills, with a .367 hitting percentage, and added five total blocks (one solo, four assists). Alexander provided 14 kills (with just one error), a .464 attack mark, eight block assists, and four digs.

Senior setter Jamie Ashmore added 37 assists, six kills, and three block assists. Fellow senior Lauren Reber notched eight kills without an attack error and a .571 hitting percentage. Junior Meredith Young tallied a match-high 15 digs. 

The Lakers owned the match at the net. GVSU totaled a pair of block solos and 22 block assists for 13.0 total team blocks, while Northern Kentucky had two solos and six assists for 5.0 total team blocks.

Grand Valley State recorded a strong .331 hitting percentage, including a .429 clip in the third set and a .364 mark in the pivotal fourth set. The Lakers held NKU to a .202 percentage and forced 24 attack errors.

Northern Kentucky was led by Kristina Eisenmenger (15 kills, three blocks) and Kim Nemcek (13 kills, .500 hitting percentage).

On Saturday, the Lakers close out the weekend with a 1:00 p.m. match against the GLVC sixth-seed, Bellarmine.

Article courtesy of Grand Valley State athletics.

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