GV Volleyball sees five players win All-GLIAC awards
The Grand Valley State University volleyball team (10-4) wrapped up their playoff games last week on Tuesday, Nov. 16 against Davenport and are now awaiting NCAA Championship picks.
Coming out of the 2021 season, senior outside forward Ali Thompson and junior passer Rachel Jacquay both made the All-GLIAC First Team honors. Thompson’s fourth year featured 288 kills, making him his sixth in the conference, and a total of 1,214 digs in his career. Jacquay has totaled 1,036 assists this season, making him his third in the conference and was selected to the All-Tournament squad for the Midwest Region Crossover.
The second All-GLIAC team consisted of senior outside hitter Abby Graham and junior middle blocker Sarah Wight. Graham and Thompson have made an excellent pair this season with Graham’s 288 kills and 307 digs during the season, while Wight has recorded 80 blocks this season for the GLIAC’s fifth place in blocks per game.
The honorable mention went to junior middle blocker Jaelianna Primus for her 166 kills, 64 blocks and 58 digs. Primus and Wight were both selected for the Oredigger Classic Tournament All-Star Team while Graham and Thompson were both GLIAC Player of the Week this season.
Women’s basketball wins on the road against Findlay
The Grand Valley State University women’s basketball team (3-0) continued their winning streak Sunday, Nov. 21, against the University of Findlay (1-3). The Lakers started the first quarter strong, starting the excitement of the game with a quick break started by senior guard Quay Stanton for a layup, then a three pointer from junior guard Emily Spitzley. The Lakers led 7-2 and never let go of the lead for the remainder of the game.
Heading into the second quarter, the Lakers had a 10-point run, increasing their lead to 27-12 before Findlay could catch up. The Lakers maintained their lead at 38-27 at halftime. A first jumper from Stanton started the scoring for the Lakers before a Spitzley steal gave junior striker Hannah Kulas a quick break to score on a jumper, followed by a three pointer from Kulas and Spitzley to carry their advance to 53-31.
Findlay had a 7-point run in an attempt to regain some momentum, but was held back by the Lakers for the remainder of the game. Kulas and Stanton both had 16 points apiece and Stanton took 11 rebounds at the end of the game. Freshman Riley Bisballe also contributed 11 points to the game from the start line.
This week, the team is heading to Florida to play the Rollins Classic on Friday and Saturday November 26-27 against Rollins College and Embry-Riddle University before starting the GLIAC game after the Thanksgiving break.