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Outside hitter Shannon Winicki tips the ball over Ashland blockers, Grand Valley beat Ashland three games to one.

GVSU volleyball blocks out Ashland in home-opener victory

For a team that got off to a slow 3-5 start, the Grand Valley State women’s volleyball team was more than excited to finally play in front of their home fans and family.  GVSU didn’t disappoint the home fans, as the Lakers played their most complete game of the season to defeat GLIAC-rival Ashland 3-1 Friday, Sept.15.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Kendall Yerkes (2) jumps and sends the ball over the net. The Lakers fall to the Bulldogs of Ferris State with a final score of 1-3 Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Allendale.


Whenever someone is making a custom player in a sports video game, there is always an attribute called “intangibles,” or an unmeasurable skill that can’t be measured on a stat sheet.     If Grand Valley State volleyball player Kendall Yerkes were in a video game, her intangibles would rank among the best in her class. 

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Staci Brower (21) celebrates after a point scored. Grand Valley squares off against Ohio Dominican and claims the victory with a final score of 3-1.

GVSU volleyball player Staci Brower uses height, skill to standout

Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, Grand Valley State volleyball star Staci Brower is currently taller than 18 NBA players. Her impressive height helped her notch two All-GLIAC First Team honors as a sophomore and a freshman, as well as accumulate 34 solo blocks last season. With that statistic, Brower has the most solo blocks by any Laker since the 2000 season.

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The GVSU Volleyball team poses for a picture in Slovenia.

GVSU volleyball makes 10-day trip to Italy, Slovenia

Grand Valley State’s volleyball team took a hit last season after losing to Ferris State in the first round of the GLIAC quarterfinals tournament. The Lakers moved on from last season as they looked forward to their 10-day Italy trip. The trip kicked off Friday, July 21, allowing the GVSU team to visit Slovenia and Italy. The Lakers gained an opportunity to play five games against foreign teams.