The Ashland Univesrsity volleyball team opened with a 25-23 Set 1 win over host Grand Valley State, but the Lakers won the last three to take a 23-25, 25-8, 25-12, 25-17 decision on Friday (Sept. 15) night in Allendale, Mich.
The match was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The Eagles (6-3, 0-1 GLIAC) got off to a solid start, hitting .237 in the opening frame and holding the Lakers (4-5, 1-0 GLIAC) to a .209 mark. Ashland held a narrow lead throughout most of the set.
Tied at 22, the Eagles got a kill from freshman Zoie Franklin before an attack error by the Lakers gave Ashland set point at 24-22. After an AU error, the Eagles won the set when the Lakers mishandled a pass.
After that, the Lakers took command of the match, holding Ashland to negative hitting percentages in Sets 2 and 3 and putting down 15 kills in the fourth to secure the win.
The Lakers, who hit .246 overall, were led by Staci Brower's 17 kills (.517). Sydney Benchley had a team-high 16 digs.
The Eagles will look to split their weekend road trip on Saturday (Sept. 16) when they play Wayne State in Detroit at 2 p.m.