#1 GLIAC NORTH
GRAND VALLEY STATE
LAKERS (31-4 ALL, 17-1 GLIAC)
Grand Valley State is coming off a trip to the Midwest Region championship match after capturing both the GLIAC regular season and tournament titles in 2013. The Lakers, 31-4 overall last season, return five starters (and the starting libero) and a dozen letterwinners off last year’s squad. 20th-year head coach Deanne Scanlon (499-147 career record) brings back a wealth of talent - and three All-Americans - from the 2013 team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Senior outside hitter Abby Aiken returns after being named the 2013 GLIAC Player of the Year. Also a Daktronics Second Team All-American, Aiken totaled 427 kills, 413 digs, and 67 total blocks last season. Second-year setter Kaitlyn Wolters - an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American - enters her senior season after dishing out 1,251 assists in 2013 and adding 374 digs, 123 kills, and 60 blocks. The GLIAC leader in all four blocking categories - junior Kaleigh Lound - is back. A Third Team AVCA All-American, Lound notched 233 kills, hit .316 offensively, and recorded 152 total blocks (1.20 per set), 27 of the solo variety.
Junior Betsy Ronda - the 2012 GLIAC Freshman of the Year - nabbed 315 digs, 307 kills, and 45 aces last season. First Team Daktronics All-Midwest Region libero Christina Canepa picked up 544 digs in 2013 and was aced just 22 times in 35 matches. Also returning are senior middle blocker Ally Simmons (178 kills, 80 blocks, 24 aces) and sophomore defensive specialist Nicayla Joyce (301 digs, 29 aces); both letterwinners played in every match last season.