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Lipovsky throws no hitter; GVSU softball sweeps weekend doubleheader

Grand Valley State softball headed home from their latest match victoriously on Saturday, March 16.  No. 10 GVSU travelled to Cedarville, Ohio to take on the No. 19 Cedarville Hornets in a clash of two teams who have been playing a high level of softball over the past few weeks. Going into the doubleheader, both Cedarville and GVSU were 8-1 in their last nine games.

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GVSU tennis captures eight total wins in annual spring trips

After a dominant fall season for both the Grand Valley State men’s and women’s tennis teams ending in late October, the teams headed down to Orlando to jump into their spring season. The women started off on Sunday, March 3 against East Carolina, ultimately ending in a loss after a tough battle in the Florida heat. On Monday, the women played a double header, first against North Carolina Wesleyan, pulling away with their first win of the week. 

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GVSU wins GLIAC, punches ticket to NCAA tournament

Going into the GLIAC tournament, no one in their right mind would have predicted that No. 7 Grand Valley State, a team who was 12-11 after losing to No. 3 Wisconsin-Parkside in overtime exactly one month ago, would comeback to beat the Rangers in a buzzer-beating win in the GLIAC semifinals to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, and then go on to win the GLIAC tournament.

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GVSU womens basketball semi-finals. Cassidy Boensch goes up against Northern Michigan defenders. 

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GVSU upset in conference semifinal

The top seeded hosts of the GLIAC women’s basketball tournament – the Grand Valley State Lakers – were upset by the No. 4 seed Northern Michigan Wildcats on Saturday, March 9 at Fieldhouse Arena 47-38. With the loss, the Lakers will not have an opportunity to play in the GLIAC tournament championship game despite winning the regular season title, their first in 13 years. Coming into the game, the Wildcats were one of two teams to defeat the Lakers in the 2018-19 season and had also held them to their three lowest point totals of the entire season – 50, 43 and now 38. 

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GVSU 'Sawyers' pick up key wins against Northern, Michigan Tech

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball picked the perfect time of year to start playing their best brand of basketball, as after previously losing to Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech this season, they dominated at the Fieldhouse Arena, beating Northern 85-62 on Thursday, Feb. 21 before beating Michigan Tech 71-53 on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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Sawyers for a day, winners for a week

The weekend started slowly in Fieldhouse Arena, as the Lakers scored weekend-lows 12 and nine points in the first two quarters against NMU. Fortunately, their defense had the Panthers on lockdown, not allowing points until there were 32 seconds left in the first quarter on a pair of free throws and keeping their opponents without a made field goal until the 5:16 mark of the second.

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Cassidy Boensch, Lakers sweep season series with SVSU and Northwood

If Cassidy Boensch was not already on the radar for Division II Player of the Year for whatever reason, she surely is now. The junior center led the Lakers into Saginaw, Mich. on Thursday, Feb. 14 to take on their rival Saginaw Valley State Cardinals who they dispatched with ease behind the dominant play of Boensch, who turned in one of the most eye-popping stat lines in program history, scoring 38 points with 23 rebounds and four blocks in only 26 minutes on the floor.

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