GVSU’s Abby Aiken Named 2013 GLIAC Volleyball “Athlete of the Year”

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GLIAC Honors: AUs Cudworth, Freshman of the Year; FSU’s Merren, Libero of the Year, GVSU’s Scanlon, Coach of the Year

    BAY CITY, Mich. - Grand Valley State University junior outside hitter Abby Aiken (Onsted, Mich.) was named the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) volleyball “Athlete of the Year” in voting conducted by the league’s head coaches. Ashland University outside hitter Alli Cudworth (Kent, Ohio / Theodore Roosevelt) was tabbed  “Freshman of the Year” while Ferris State University senior Brandie Merren (Hopkins, Mich.) earned “Libero of the Year” honors.  GVSU’s Deanne Scanlon was named “Coach of the Year” by her peers.

    Aiken becomes the fifth Laker to be named GLIAC “Athlete of the Year,” as she helped GVSU win the GLIAC championship with a 17-1 league mark. Aiken is the top offensive option for Grand Valley State, which enters the GLIAC semifinals with a 27-3 record; the Lakers have won 25 of their last 26 matches. She ranks fifth in the GLIAC in kills per set (3.40) and seventh in total kills (360) despite a majority of the Lakers’ matches (17 of 30) being just three sets. Aiken is second on the team in digs (330), service aces (33), and solo blocks (13), while ranking third in total blocks (57). Totaling nine double-doubles (kills-digs) this season, she is averaging 4.04 points, 3.40 kills, and 3.11 digs per set. Aiken is the first GLIAC “Athlete of the Year” from GVSU since 2008.

    Cudworth currently ranks third in the GLIAC in kills (401) and kills per set (3.78). She leads the Eagles in both categories. Cudworth has been named the GLIAC South Division “Player of the Week” three times this season. She has led AU (24-6) into the GLIAC semifinals. The Eagles enter the Final Four with a 10-match winning streak and are ranked sixth in the Midwest Region.

    Merren leads the Bulldogs with 503 digs to date this campaign. The returning all-region honoree and two-time all-conference pick became the 14th player in school history earlier this season to notch 1,000 career digs. A three-year letterwinner, she’s averaged 4.75 digs while helping lead the Bulldogs to a potential NCAA Division II Tournament berth and top 25 national ranking this campaign. This season, she’s played in all 106 sets and has tallied 10 digs or more in 26 matches with 11 performances featuring 20 or more digs. She’s also added a team second-best 26 service aces and ranked near the top of the conference leaderboard in total digs this season. Her performance helped the Bulldogs tie for second place overall in the GLIAC regular-season standings this year.

    Scanlon was named the GLIAC “Coach of the Year” for the fourth time in her career, also winning the award in 2001, 2005, and 2008. She led Grand Valley State to the GLIAC regular season championship and the #1 seed in the conference tournament. The Lakers are 27-3 entering Saturday’s GLIAC semifinal match, while GVSU went 17-1 in regular season league play. Grand Valley State is on a 17-match win streak, having won 25 of its last 26 contests. Selected to finish in a tie for third place in the North Division of the GLIAC preseason poll, the Lakers are 5-1 against top-25 opponents and have lost just five sets in their last 17 matches. Scanlon’s career record in 19 seasons at GVSU is 495-146 (.772).

A complete list of the 2013 All-GLIAC Volleyball teams can be found below:

GLIAC Volleyball Postseason Awards 

Player of the Year:
Abby Aiken, Grand Valley State University
(Junior, OH, Onsted, Mich.)

Libero of the Year:
Brandie Merren, Ferris State University
(Senior, Libero, Hopkins, Mich.)

Freshman of the Year:
Alli Cudworth, Ashland University
(Freshman, OH, Kent, Ohio / Theodore Roosevelt)

Coach of the Year:
Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State University

All-GLIAC First-Team

Name

School

Yr.

Position

Hometown

Abby Aiken

Grand Valley State

Jr.

OH

Onsted, Mich.

Kristen Bulkiewicz

Wayne State

Sr.

OH

LaSalle, Ont./Sandwich

Casey Clark

Ashland

Fr.

OH

Indianapolis, Ind. / Warren G. Harding

Alli Cudworth

Ashland

Fr.

OH

Kent, Ohio / Theodore Roosevelt

Kellisha Harley

Northern Michigan

Sr.

S

Lake Wood, Colo./Iowa Lakes C.C.

Alexis Huntey

Ferris State

So.

OH

Stanwood, Mich./Morley-Stanwood

Caitlin Kopmeyer

Hillsdale

Sr.

OH

Troy, Mich./Bloomfield Hills Lahser

Lina Lopes

Northern Michigan

Sr.

LS

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Brandie Merren

Ferris State

Sr.

Libero

Hopkins, Mich.

Juliia Pakhomenko

Northwood

Jr.

OH

Donetsk, Ukraine

Danielle Taflinger

Findlay

Sr.

MH

Lima, Ohio

Kaitlyn Wolters

Grand Valley State

Jr.

S

Hudsonville, Mich./Grand Rapids C.C.

All-GLIAC Second-Team

Christina Canepa

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Libero

Grand Rapids, Mich./ East Grand Rapids

Shelly DeHenning

Ashland

So.

S

Holland, Ohio / Notre Dame Academy 

Jordan Dunn

Northwood

Sr.

S

Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green

Kelsey Ferla

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

MH

Lincoln Park, Mich. / Gabriel Richard

Madeline Haben

Michigan Tech

Sr.

S

Edina, Minn./Holy Angels

Kalli Herron

Northern Michigan

Sr.

LS

Peru, Ill. / LaSalle-Peru Twp. 

Lindsay Kostrzewa

Hillsdale

Jr.

MH

Traverse City, Mich. / Christian 

Kaleigh Lound

Grand Valley State

So.

MB/LS

Mason, Mich.

Danielle McQuade

Tiffin

Jr.

OH

North Olmsted, Ohio/Magnificat

Courntey Rehm

Ferris State

Jr.

MH

Portage, Mich./Central

Mackenzie Vorst

Findlay

Jr.

MB/OH

Columbus Grove, Ohio

Emily Wolfert

Hillsdale

So.

OH

Yorktown, Ind. / Yorktown

All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team

Marci Zagarac

Ashland

Jr.

OH

Lansing, Ill./South

Angi Kent

Ferris State

Sr.

MH

Lansing, Mich./Waverly

Amanda Calhoun

Findlay

Jr.

S

Troy, Ohio / Tippecanoe

Megan Schroeder

Grand Valley State

Sr.

RS

Racine, Wisc. /Kishwaukee J.C.

Jenalle Beaman

Hillsdale

So.

OH/DS

Lafayette, Ind. / Harrison

 

Lake Erie

 
 
 

Emily Snyder

Lake Superior State

Sr.

OH

Archbold, Ohio / Archbold

Taylor Slauterbeck

Malone

Jr.

OH

Huron, Ohio / Huron

 

Michigan Tech

 
 
 

Sarah Hamilton

Northern Michigan

Sr.

MH

Galesburg, Mich. / Galesburg-Augusta

Krysta Kramer

Northwood

So.

OH

Lansing, Mich. / Grand Ledge

Jackie Oestreich

Ohio Dominican

Fr.

MH

Brighton, Mich. / Greenhills

Ashley Driscoll

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

RS

Bellevue, Mich. / Pennfield

Jordan Jenkins

Tiffin

Sr.

DS

Hartville, Ohio / Lake

Krissy Sokol

Walsh

Sr.

OH/RS

Akron, Ohio / Hoban

Heather Weiss

Wayne State

So.

OH

Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron

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