Grand Valley State 3, Rockhurst 0

Nov. 19, 2005

Grand Valley State advances to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after defeating Rockhurst, 3-0 (33-31, 30-25, 30-21), in the Great Lakes Regional Tournament Championship Match Saturday night at the GVSU Fieldhouse. The Lakers improve to 29-6 overall and captured their fifth regional title in school history.

Game one was a battle as the Lakers trailed early, 7-3. GVSU came back and tied the match at 8-8 on a Cortney Lokker service ace. The Lakers took their first lead of the game, 11-10, on a block by Megan Helsen and Tracy Kirk. The two teams went back and forth with neither team leading by more than two until GVSU took a 23-20 lead. Rockhurst came back and tied the game at 27-27 and the game continued to go back and forth, tying three more times before the game went to 31-31 on a Rockhurst kill. Tina Tromblay tallied a kill to put the Lakers up 32-31 and GVSU sealed game one, 33-31, with a block by Meghan Moore and Lauren Hanson.

Rockhurst took a 5-1 early lead in game two, but once again GVSU battled back to tie it at 8-8. The Lakers went up 15-12 and never looked back. Grand Valley led by as many as five points (20-15) and won game three, 30-25 on a kill by Tina Tromblay.

The Lakers came out strong in game three, going up 10-2 on the Hawks. GVSU dominated throughout all of game three, hitting .405 as a team. The Lakers sealed game three and the match on a Lauren Hanson kill.

GVSU was led by junior middle blocker Meghan Moore who recorded 15 kills, three digs, one solo and six assisted blocks, while hitting .542 in the match. Junior outside hitter Megan Helsen also posted 15 kills, seven digs, and hit .379. Senior middle blocker Tracy Kirk tallied 13 kills, three solo and five assisted blocks, as she hit .433.

Redshirt freshman setter Jamie Ashmore had 11 digs, three assisted blocks, and 45 assists, while sophomore libero Alyson Riley added 13 digs. Senior outside hitter Tina Tromblay recorded eight digs, four kills, and four assisted blocks in the win.

Grand Valley State hit .328 as a team in the match, wihle Rockhurst hit just .156. The Lakers recorded 15 blocks and five service aces in the win.

-- Courtesy GVSU