GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Katie Olson (9) serves the ball. The Lakers fall to the Bulldogs of Ferris State with a final score of 1-3 Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Allendale.

Leaders of the defense: GVSU volleyball's Katie Olson and Sydney Benchley provide dominant back-row protection

It’s an old cliché from football: "Offense wins games, but defense wins championships."  This saying is certainly not exclusive to football, as it’s also true of volleyball. The impressive play and elite leadership of the Grand Valley State volleyball defense could take this team places, and it all starts with sophomore defensive specialist Sydney Benchley and senior setter Katie Olson directing the traffic in the back row.