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Bart Williams throws a pass in a game against Wayne State on Nov. 10. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Terrific ten: GVSU ends season comfortably with win over Wayne State

  One of the special parts of football in Michigan is the unpredictability of weather. To begin the season, the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers played in temperatures over 80 degrees. On Saturday, Nov. 10, that same team entered the same stadium in sub-freezing temperatures with snow on the ground and beat the Wayne State Warriors 45-21. With the victory, the Lakers finish the regular season 10-1(8-1 GLIAC) and will now prepare for the NCAA Division II postseason.

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GVSU Soccer vs. Rockhurst, 11/9/18, GVSU Soccer Field. GVL / Katherine Vasile

GVSU soccer posts two more shutouts en route to third round

As the GLIAC champions for the 14th consecutive year, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team earned the No. 1 seed to start off the NCAA tournament. Their first game was against No. 8 seed Rockhurst on Friday, Nov. 9. The Lakers shut out the Hawks, earning a 7-0 win over them in a game both physically and mentally demanding, as the first snow of the season fell all throughout the match.

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Justin Greason goes in for a layup during the scrimmage against Macomb on Sunday October 22, 2017.  GVL/ Sheila Babbitt 

Five Lakers score in double digits as GVSU men’s basketball starts 1-0

Most good seasons are jump-started by a strong start, and that may be exactly the case for the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team as they traveled to West Virginia on Saturday,  Nov. 10 to pound the Alderson Broaddus Battlers 96-74. The season opener for the Lakers was highlighted by a hot start and a balanced scoring attack, as winning the first half by a margin of 54-32 helped carry GVSU to victory. 

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GVSU volleyball caps off year with loss to Michigan Tech

The Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team traveled to Houghton, Mich. to take on Michigan Tech in the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The match saw the Lakers take the court for the last time this season as they lost in three sets 25-15, 25-23 and 25-23. The Huskies dominated the first game hitting .485 with 18 kills and two errors to GVSU’s .231 hitting percentage, 13 kills and four errors. Set two would fare a little better for GVSU, as they rallied back but came up short to lose 25-23.

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Jake Van Tubbergen scans the court at the game vs Ashland on February 15th, 2018. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Jake Van Tubbergen and GVSU basketball prepare for a successful season

As students around campus bust out their winter coats, the best time of year comes upon us. The start of the Grand Valley State basketball season is finally here, and the 2018-19 team is prepared to rule the GLIAC. The path to success for GVSU will be lead by sophomore Jake Van Tubbergen, who was recently named to the preseason All-GLIAC South Division team. This isn’t the first prestigious GLIAC honor that Van Tubbergen has earned, being that he is the reigning GLIAC Freshmen of the Year and a former second team All-GLIAC nominee.

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GVSU vs. Trine University on Friday November 2.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Trine halts GVSU dominance, hands DII hockey first loss in weekend split

In a season where the play on the ice has looked fairly easy thus far, the Grand Valley State DII men’s club hockey team faced their toughest test of the year against the Trine Thunder on Friday, Nov. 2. In the words of head coach Carl Trosien, GVSU did not come out sharp and ready to play against Trine. “I think we came out a little flat, a little unprepared,” Trosien said. “They kind of controlled the first period and we got out of there 0-0 and then in the second period we made some special teams mistakes that allowed them to gain some breathing room.”

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GVSU Girl’s Soccer Team facing Purdue Northwest in the GLIAC Tournament on October 30th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Champs: GVSU soccer beats trio of conference foes en route to GLIAC title

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team dominated the GLIAC tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 4 to win the GLIAC championship, defeating Purdue-Northwest 6-1 in the quarterfinal, Ashland 3-0 in the semis and Ferris State 4-0 in the title game.  Though the Lakers were ahead for the majority of the match against UPN on Tuesday, they seemed to be off-beat compared to their usual intense style of play. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team’s performance showed a lack of respect for the game and for their opponent, and was looking for a complete turnaround for Friday’s game.

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