#5 GLIAC NORTH
WAYNE STATE WARRIORS
(11-18 ALL, 8-10 GLIAC)
The Wayne State University volleyball program will enter the 2014 season with a new leader in head coach Tim Koth. A familiar name in the GLIAC, he comes to WSU after 10 highly productive seasons at Northwood, which included 175 victories, five NCAA Tournament appearances and a GLIAC Tournament title in 2012. Koth will look to return the Warriors to the GLIAC Tournament after being absent in 2013 for the first time since 2006 and the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.
WSU posted an 11-18 overall record last season including an 8-10 mark in league play. The Warriors opened the season picking up three wins at the GVSU Laker Classic including a win over No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State as WSU collected its first win over a ranked program in eight attempts. Its last win versus a Top 25 team was on Sept. 23, 2011 against #20 GVSU (3-2). In addition, the loss marked the first loss to an unranked opponent in three years for SMSU. However, an eight match losing streak in October would spoil the encouraging start.
The Warriors will need to replace four-year contributor Kristen Bulkiewicz who finished her career with the second most kills in program history (1,323). The Green & Gold return 10 letterwinners from a season ago. Junior Heather Weiss finished last season with 242 kills (2.20/set) and was named Honorable Mention All-GLIAC will look to lead the offense in 2014. Junior Kelsey Bonewits returns after leading the team in blocks last season with 80 (0.92/set) while the team's main distributor, junior Madison Reeves, returns after dishing out 909 assists (9.09/set) last season. The Warriors welcome five newcomers who Coach Koth will look to get on the floor early and often as he assembles his first WSU team.
Seven of the first nine GLIAC matches will be inside the Matthaei Center as WSU looks to get off to a strong start in conference following the Clarion Invitational to begin the season.