Scanlon Wins 400th Match as Lakers Pummel UMSL, 3-0
Lansing, Mich. - On Saturday (Oct. 17) at the GLIAC-GLVC Crossover Tournament in Lansing, Mich., Grand Valley State dominated Missouri-St. Louis with a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-17, 25-20). The Lakers hit .367 for the match with 42 kills and helped head coach Deanne Scanlon record her 400th career victory.
With the win, GVSU improves to 13-9 overall, while Missouri-St. Louis falls to 16-9 on the year. The Lakers were the GLIAC's second seed at the tournament, while UMSL was the third seed out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. On Friday, Grand Valley State fell to Rockhurst, 3-1, and was ahead 2-1 on #13 Lewis before falling 3-2 to the Flyers. The victory puts Scanlon at 400-111 during her 15 seasons at the helm of the Laker program.
Grand Valley State was strong from the opening serve, as the Lakers connected at a .458 percentage in the first set. A back-and-forth opening frame saw the score tied at 15-15 before GVSU ran away with the set. Behind the serving of junior Janelle Beaudry, the Lakers rattled off five straight points, including a pair of kills from junior Krysta Kornack. Grand Valley State finished off the 10-2 run and jumped ahead 1-0 in the match. GVSU held Missouri-St. Louis to a .000 attack percentage (nine kills, nine errors) in the opening set.
The score in the second frame was 12-9 in Grand Valley State's favor before the Lakers notched a pair of kills from Kornack and two from senior Whitney Tremain to push ahead, 18-11. Consecutive kills from Kornack and junior Rebeccah Rapin made the score, 20-13, before the teams traded points until the Lakers prevailed, 25-17. GVSU hit .333 (12 kills, four errors) while holding Missouri-St. Louis to a .061 clip (10 attack errors).
GVSU began to put away the Tritons early in the third set by jumping out to a 4-0 lead behind the serving of junior Meghan Scanlon. Freshman Eno Umoh recorded a kill to start the match, which was followed by a pair of putaways from Rapin. The Lakers pushed out to a 15-11 advantage midway through the set and used a Tremain kill to stay ahead comfortably, 20-13. Grand Valley State finished off the set with a kill from senior Katey Crichton to win the match, 3-0.
Three GVSU players recorded double-figures in kills and hit over .470. Tremain led the way in both categories, as she totaled 14 kills and a .478 attack percentage. She also notched six digs and three block assists. Rapin connected on 11 kills, a .474 hitting clip, and three block assists. She was one of 12 players named to the GLIAC-GLVC Crossover All-Tournament Team. Kornack recorded 10 kills without an error, while hitting .476 and adding a pair of blocks.
Scanlon controlled the offense by notching 24 assists and three digs, while freshman Olivia Kohler added 14 assists. Umoh supplied a match-best five blocks, while eight different Lakers totaled a dig, giving GVSU 31 digs for the match. Grand Valley State tallied 10 team blocks, while holding Missouri-St. Louis to a .093 hitting percentage with 23 errors. GVSU's .367 hitting percentage was its third-highest of the season and the third time this year that it has recorded fewer than 10 attack errors.
The Lakers return to the court next Friday night (Oct. 23) for a 7:00 p.m. home match against West Michigan rival, Ferris State. Earlier in the year, GVSU knocked off the Bulldogs in Big Rapids with a 3-2 win.