Quick Hits: Two Lakers named All-Region

By Lanthorn Staff | 11/30/14 7:16pm


GVSU seniors Christina Canepa (#4) and Kaitlyn Wolters (#7)

by GVL / Emily Frye / The Lanthorn

Lakers earn AVCA All-Midwest Region laurels

Two Grand Valley State volleyball players earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honors following their performance in the Midwest Region Tournament. Senior libero Christina Canepa and senior setter Kaitlyn Wolters garnered All-Midwest Region Team awards – Wolters to the 14-member team and Canepa with an honorable mention.

With the recognition, Wolters advances to the All-America ballot. Wolters was also named the 2014 GLIAC Player of the Year and first-ever GLIAC Setter of the Year. Canepa earned GLIAC Libero of the Year honors – becoming just the second Laker to earn that accolade. 

Both Wolters and Canepa were named to the Midwest All-Region Tournament Team last weekend as GVSU swept all three contests.

Baltes named region's top coach for 11th, 12th time

Grand Valley State cross country continues to excel in 2014, and head coach Jerry Baltes continues to be recognized. 

Baltes, in his 16th year as head coach, earned honors as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s teams.

The award is Baltes’ second consecutive for the men’s team, and the two bring his total to 12 overall. It is the first time since 2010 that Baltes has swept both awards. The Laker men and women won their 13th and 14th GLIAC Midwest Regional championships, respectively, in 2014.

GVSU swimmer garners weekly GLIAC honors

Grand Valley State swimmer Danny Abbott (Romeo, Mich.) was named the GLIAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week last week. Abbot, a sophomore, helped lead the Lakers to an 836-686 victory over Ball State at the Doug Coers Invitational.

Abbott finished in second place in both the 50 free (21.47) and 100 free (48.05), while gliding in at 10th in the 200 free (1:49.70).

Abbott also helped propel the Laker 200 medley relay (1:35.57), 400 medley relay (3:29.82) and 400 free relay (3:08.44) teams to first-place finishes. The 200 free team, which Abbott was also a part of, finished second with a time of 1:25.83.

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