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‘Loving to hit people’: defensive lineman Dylan Carroll provides GVSU with leadership

It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s still true to this day: defense wins championships. Thankfully for the Grand Valley State football team, their defense is in great shape thanks to the leadership and determination of senior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll. Carroll has been appearing as the villain in the nightmares of opposing GLIAC quarterbacks over the past four years, as he’s tallied 139 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks as of Sept. 21, 2018. Like many college football players, Carroll started his playing career as a running back, but found a passion for playing on the other side of the ball early on. 

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Grand Valley versus Purdue Northwest on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.  GVL / Archive 

GVSU Volleyball heads north, splits matches with NMU and Michigan Tech

With two wins at home last week, the Lakers kept their winning streak alive, beating NMU on Friday, Sept. 21 (3-1 with scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, and 25-21). This improves the team’s record to overall 10-4 with a conference record of 3-3.  GVSU led the first night in blocks, hitting percentage and digs. Overall they held the Wildcats at 11-4 in blocks and also held the advantage in hitting percentages at .227 to the Wildcats' .198. The Lakers also led in digs 76 to 74.

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Four of a kind: GVSU football beats Michigan Tech in historic fashion

Thanks in part to the new all-time school touchdown pass leader Bart Williams, the No. 5 Grand Valley State Lakers (4-0, 2-0 GLIAC) defeated the Michigan Tech Huskies (2-2, 0-2) by a score of 45-20 in front of 16,671 fans - the second largest crowd in Lubbers Stadium history  Williams threw five touchdowns – the second of which passed Curt Anes for the top spot among all GVSU players – along with 382 yards on 23 completions in 37 attempts. 

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Tara Lierman celebrates Gabriella Mencotti's goal against Ohio Dominican on Sunday November 12, 2017.  GVL / Archive

GVSU soccer senior Tara Lierman brings experience to young team

Entering her senior season, Lierman has been assigned a new role with GVSU.  Starting in a holding midfield position, Lierman is now seen as the first line of defense for the Lakers, where she is asked to win pivotal one-on-one match-ups, rescue possessions and be the "quarterback" of the defense. Lierman had a breakout year in 2017, starting all 24 games at midfield and posting the third-most points in the GLIAC (34), while tying for third in goals (13) and fifth in assists (8). 

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GVSU women's golf team begins season with solid performance in Indy

Grand Valley State women’s golf team headed to Indianapolis University last week to begin their tournament season. A rain filled Sunday resulted in difficult playing conditions on Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11. Despite the poor state of the greens, head coach Rebecca Mailloux was pleased with the team’s performance, as they placed fifth overall in the tournament.

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Nick Dodson and Jack Provencher collaborate during GVSU's season opener against Indianapolis. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Big three: GVSU football crushes NMU on the road

The Grand Valley State football team has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016 after making the six-and-a-half hour bus ride to Marquette, Mich. where the beat the Northern Michigan Wildcats 47-17. The win also gets the Lakers on the board in GLIAC contests. GVSU’s offense nearly matched their scoring output from the first two games of the season combined led by quarterback Bart Williams who completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 280 yards and four touchdowns. With the scores, Williams tied – and then passed – Cullen Finnerty for second place in GVSU football history in touchdown passes with 112.

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GVSU Volleyball picks up wins against Purdue-Northwest and Parkside

The first match-up saw the Lakers take on Davenport University, losing 3-1, though was closer than the final tally would imply. GVSU lost the first set 17-25. DU finished with significant advantages in hitting percentage and errors, hitting .250 with only three errors to GVSU’s .093 and nine errors. The Lakers would bounce back in the second set and win 25-21, finishing with an impressive .516 hitting percentage and only two errors, while DU finished at .394 and 4 errors.

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Walled off: senior tackle Ben Walling looks to push Laker offense to elite level

Linemen are the toughest competitors in football, and Grand Valley State's Ben Walling is no exception. Standing at six-feet-five-inches tall and weighing 295 pounds, he has become acclimated to walling off the competition for more than three years now at GVSU. Walling has established himself as one of the GLIAC’s best offensive tackles. With 37 consecutive starts including playoff games under his belt, the 2017 first team all-GLIAC right tackle has consistently anchored the right side of an offensive line that has had little trouble imposing its will since Walling arrived on campus in 2014. 

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Preview: GVSU men’s and women’s cross-country ready to compete

As cross-country season approaches, chasing championships is what they seem poised to do. Each of the previous five academic years, both the men’s and women’s running programs at GVSU have finished the year ranked first or second nationally among Division II schools. Leading the way for the Lakers on the men’s team are senior Zach Panning and sophomore Enael Woldemicael who were GVSU’s top two finishers at nationals a year ago. Panning finished second overall posting a time of 30:52 and Woldemicael finished with a time of 31:07, placing sixth.

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