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GVL / Dan Pacheco

GVSU volleyball falls to Davenport on senior night

As once put in the movie Friday Night Lights, “Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down.” As the Grand Valley State women’s volleyball team played on senior night, it is difficult to let them go, but it is easy knowing they put their all into every play of the game. The four seniors for the 2018 season are Kaylene Norris, Jillian Butsavich, Hannah Murdock and Staci Brower. Each senior has put their heart and soul onto the court and proved what it really means to be a Laker.

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU volleyball falls short at Midwest Region Crossover

As the saying goes, bad things come in threes. That was the case on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 for the Grand Valley State volleyball team. The Grand Valley State women’s volleyball team traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Midwest Region Crossover where they lost to Tiffin, Illinois-Springfield and Bellarmine.

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU volleyball splits weekend road games

From one valley to the other and back up north, the Grand Valley State volleyball team had a weekend jam packed full of digs, sets and kills, resulting in a loss against Saginaw Valley State and a win against Lake Superior State. The Lakers had a tough loss to Saginaw Valley State on Friday, Oct. 5 (3-0) with set scores of 16-25, 23-25 and 23-25. 

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Kendall Yerkes sets the ball. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Battle tested: GVSU volleyball splits weekend matches

The first game against Northwood on Friday, Sept. 28 was a clean 3-0 sweep for the Lakers improving their overall record to 11-5. The Lakers scored 25-12, 27-25, and 25-2. GVSU had very balanced offensive to defensive strategies against the Timberwolves. Overall, the Lakers led in kills (45-34), assists (37-33), blocks (six-two) and digs (69-54). Quickly shutting Northwood out the first game kept momentum high and gave the Lakers an advantage over the next two sets that would help them beat Northwood in stats and score. 

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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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GVL / Sheila Babbitt

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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