No. 4 GVSU Wins 21st Straight Match With 3-0 Sweep of SVSU
ALLENDALE, Mich. - No. 4 Grand Valley State completed a perfect month of October, as the Lakers disposed of Saginaw Valley State on Friday evening (Oct. 31) with a 3-0 sweep. GVSU won by the scores of 25-22, 25-22, 29-27 for their 21st consecutive victory, one win shy of matching the all-time school record. The win also marked the Lakers' 29th straight home win, which is also one victory shy of tying the program mark.
With the victory, GVSU improves to 24-2 overall and 13-0 in the GLIAC, while Saginaw Valley State drops to 19-6 overall, 9-5 in league play. The Lakers have not lost a home match since Oct. 7, 2006 when they dropped a 3-0 defeat to #9 Hillsdale. Grand Valley State completed a 10-0 month of October with the win over the Cardinals.
Earlier in the season, the Lakers won in four sets over SVSU on the road. Most of the match on Friday night was even throughout, including a thrilling third set.
In the opening set, neither team was able to pull away, as GVSU had a few four-point leads. The Lakers led 19-17 before Saginaw Valley State tied the score at 19-19 and took a 21-20 lead. Grand Valley State scored the next three points to lead 23-21, including a service ace from sophomore Janelle Beaudry. Leading by two, the Lakers were able to close the set with back-to-back attack errors by the Cardinals.
The second set was also a back-and-forth contest, as neither team led by more than three points the entire set. Trailing 18-17, GVSU scored six of the next eight points to push the score to a 23-20 advantage. A kill from junior Kaity Gormley ended the set and put the Lakers up, 2-0. Grand Valley State had its' best hitting percentage of the match, tallying a .357 attack clip in the set, by totaling 20 kills and just five errors.
GVSU quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set and it appeared that the Lakers would cruise to victory. Saginaw Valley State started to chip away at the lead, eventually tying the set at 13-13. With the score tied at 15-15, SVSU scored five of the next six points to open a 20-16 advantage. The Cardinals continued their run and forced set point with a 24-19 lead. Grand Valley State got the ball back after a SVSU service error and with senior Jamie Ashmore serving, the Lakers stormed back to take a 25-24 advantage.
Saginaw Valley State, however, scored the next two points to take a 26-25 lead before a kill from junior Whitney Tremain tied the score. A Laker service error made the score 27-26 in the Cardinals' favor. GVSU would tie the set at 27-27 on a kill from sophomore Rebeccah Rapin and use consecutive kills from senior Danielle Alexander to end the third set and the match, 29-27.
The Lakers hit .231 for the match, while holding SVSU to a .146 clip. Both teams totaled 8.0 team blocks, while Saginaw Valley State held a slight edge in digs, 57-54. GVSU had 44 assists to the Cardinals' 35 helpers.
Rapin was dominant for Grand Valley State, totaling 14 kills and just one attack error for a .433 hitting percentage. She also notched a match-high six blocks, including the team's lone solo block. Alexander added nine kills at a .368 percentage and had two blocks.
Gormley recorded eight kills, while senior Lauren Reber had seven kills and 10 digs. Ashmore supplied 35 assists, seven digs, and six kills for the Lakers.
Grand Valley State looks to tie two school records on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers take on Lake Superior State in a 4 p.m. match at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. A win would tie the program records for consecutive wins (22) and consecutive home victories (30).
Article courtesy of Grand Valley State athletics.