No. 2 GVSU Has 22-Match Winning Streak Snapped by Michigan Tech

11/7/2008

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HOUGHTON, Mich. - No. 2 Grand Valley State had its 22-match winning streak snapped on Friday night (Nov. 7) against North Division rival, Michigan Tech. The Huskies toppled GVSU, 3-1, (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) for the Lakers' first loss in over two months. It is also Grand Valley State's first loss in conference play and the first time it has lost on the road this season.

GVSU falls to 25-3 overall and 14-1 in the GLIAC, while Michigan Tech improves to 18-9, with an 11-4 record in league play. The last time the Lakers ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard was on Sept. 5, when they dropped a 3-2 decision to Augustana. Grand Valley State had reeled off 22 consecutive victories, which tied the school record.

Earlier in the season at Fieldhouse Arena, GVSU won a five-set thriller against the Huskies, in which the Lakers won the opening two sets before MTU rallied to win the third and fourth sets. Grand Valley State re-grouped in time to close out the match with a 15-9 win.

On Friday night, Michigan Tech came out strong early. In the opening set, Grand Valley State hit the ball well, totaling a .233 attack percentage and 18 kills. However, MTU picked up a 25-23 victory, while hitting just .162 for the set. It is only the sixth time this season that GVSU has lost the opening set.

The Huskies put together a better second set both offensively and defensively, as they opened up a 2-0 lead over Grand Valley State. Michigan Tech tallied 16 kills and a .297 hitting percentage, while GVSU hit .057 with six attack errors.

Grand Valley State rallied to win the third set with a 25-22 victory. The Lakers held MTU to a .029 attack percentage and forced 10 attack errors. Michigan Tech rebounded to close out the victory with a 25-19 win in the fourth set. GVSU hit just .085 in the final set, committing nine attack errors.

The loss is the Lakers' first four-set loss of the season. Grand Valley State had been 6-0 in four-set matches entering Friday night.

GVSU ended with more kills than the Huskies (52-51), but hit only .135 for the match. The Lakers had more service aces (4-3) and digs (71-69), but Michigan Tech was strong at the net, with 13.0 total team blocks to eight blocks for Grand Valley State.

Sophomore Rebeccah Rapin totaled a team-high 11 kills and tied the match-high with four block solos. She hit .333 for the match and added a pair of digs and two assists. Senior Danielle Alexander notched double-digit kills with 10 and added a pair of block solos.

Junior Whitney Tremain added nine kills, five digs, and three assists. Senior setter Jamie Ashmore tallied 31 assists, nine digs, six kills, and two block solos. Junior Katey Crichton supplied eight digs, seven kills, and five assists for the Lakers.

Grand Valley State looks to get back on track with a 2:00 p.m. match at Northern Michigan on Saturday (Nov. 8). On Sept. 20 in Allendale, the Lakers fell behind 2-0 to the Wildcats before winning the final three sets to take the match.

Article courtesy of Grand Valley State athletics.

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