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GVSU volleyball celebrates as GLIAC champs

Champions don’t cower in the face of adversity. They dance. The No. 15 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team celebrated its first outright GLIAC regular season championship since 2008 over the weekend by furthering its dominance of GLIAC competition with a pair of four-set road victories at Northwood University and Hillsdale College.

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Junior Christina Canepa

She can dig it

The poise of junior libero Christina Canepa means everything to the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team when it’s time to dig deep.

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Senior Megan Schroeder (11) and sophomore Kaleigh Lound (15)

Back on top

The players representing the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team have been all smiles on the court lately after a jubilant ascent to the top of the GLIAC.

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Ally Simmons (8) and Kaitlyn Wolters (7) block a Ferris State players spike.

On a roll

A crowd of more than 1,000 erupted in cheers as junior captain Abby Aiken tallied the game-winning spike that put a decisive end to the battle for first place. Aiken made her offensive presence felt as the No. 16 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team took a commanding lead atop the GLIAC standings after getting its revenge against rival No. 24 Ferris State University in three sets (25-20, 25-22, 30-28) on Tuesday night at the Fieldhouse Arena.

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	GVL / Hannah Mico. Sophomore Kaleigh Lound (15) and junior Abby Aiken (12) block a spike from Findlay.

On fire

The Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team had every reason to enjoy its celebratory ice cream after a successful road trip to the Upper Peninsula.

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Freshman Abby Aiken goes up for a spike during a past match.

Aiken advantage of opportunities

The emergence of a go-to player has sparked quite a run for the surging Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team. Junior captain Abby Aiken has taken her game to the next level this season by learning to flourish in a leadership role that has helped guide GVSU to its best start since 2008. “All of the great teams here have had somebody who is a go-to player, a person who steps up in the big moment,” head coach Deanne Scanlon said.

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	GVL / Hannah Mico. Junior Kaitlyn Wolters sets the ball up for a team mate during the Lakers’ second game on Saturday againt Findlay.

Get the brooms out

The No. 20 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team is finding new ways to dominate opposing teams from the GLIAC.

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No. 12 Abby Aiken and No. 15 Kaleigh Lound block the ball against SMSU.

?Midseason Grades: Volleyball earns A-

It would be an understatement to say the No. 20 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team has exceeded its expectations midway through its 2013 campaign. GVSU (14-3, 8-1 GLIAC) currently holds the No. 1 spot in the conference after being tabbed as the North Division’s third-best team in the 2013 GLIAC Coaches’ Preseason Volleyball Poll.

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