GVSU's Wolters Named Player of the Year to Highlight #GLIACVB All-Conference Awards

GVSU's Wolters Named Player of the Year to Highlight #GLIACVB All-Conference Awards

BAY CITY, Mich. – University of Findlay's sophomore outside hitter Hannah Tong (Carey, Ohio / Carey) was named the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) volleyball "Attacker of the Year," in voting conducted by the league's head coaches. Tong's teammate freshman middle blocker Nickyla Garverick (Crestline, Ohio / Colonel Crawford) was tabbed both "Freshman of the Year," and "Blocker of the Year," while Grand Valley State's senior setter Kaitlyn Wolters (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) earned "Player of the Year" and "Setter of the Year" accolades. GVSU's senior libero Christina Canepa (Grand Rapids, Mich. / East Grand Rapids) was voted "Libero of the Year". Findlay's head coach Wick Colchagoff took home "Coach of the Year" honors.

Kaitlyn Wolters is the first-ever recipient of the GLIAC "Setter of the Year" award, as the starting setter on the back-to-back regular season conference champions. Earning All-GLIAC First Team honors in each of her two seasons in Allendale, Wolters ranks sixth in the GLIAC with 808 assists and seventh with 33 aces, despite GVSU playing just three sets in 17 of its 25 matches. Her 9.51 assists per set is fifth-best in the league. A tremendous offensive player, Wolters' .410 hitting percentage would lead all GLIAC players, but she is four attacks shy of the league minimum. A 2013 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection, Wolters ranks eighth in GVSU history with 2,059 assists in just two seasons. Wolters is just the sixth Laker to be named the GLIAC Player of the Year, following teammate Abby Aiken as the 2013 award winner.  In a 3-1 win over #14 Ferris State on Sept. 23, Wolters recorded the first triple-double by a GVSU player since 2007 when she tallied 34 assists, 12 digs, and 11 kills (without an error) for a .478 percentage. With Wolters as the team's starting setter over the last two years, GVSU is 51-7.

Hannah Tong leads the GLIAC in kills with 385 and ranks second in the conference with 3.60 kills per set. She was named the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week three times during the season and earned national player of the week honors on Nov. 4. She had a season-high 31 kills against Malone on Nov. 1, the highest single match total in the GLIAC this year.  The Carey, Ohio native has also added 58 blocks and has hit .246 on the year.

Nickyla Garverick leads the GLIAC with 133 blocks, which is the eighth best total in the nation. Her 1.22 blocks per set is the second highest average in the GLIAC and ranks ninth nationally. The Crestline, Ohio native is also ranked third in the GLIAC in hitting percentage at .301 and has accumulated 260 kills.

Christina Canepa becomes the second Laker to ever win the GLIAC "Libero of the Year" award, while also earning All-GLIAC First Team recognition. This year, the senior moved into second place in GVSU history with 1,615 digs - the only Laker she trails is Allyson Riley, the three-time GLIAC Libero of the Year and owner of the GLIAC record 2,488 digs. Canepa ranks sixth in the league in digs per set (4.85) and seventh in total digs (417) despite the Lakers playing just three sets in 17 of their 25 matches. The back end of a GVSU defense allowing a .109 opponent hitting percentage, Canepa has seven 20+ dig matches and has been aced just 21 times in 400 attempts.

Wick Colchagoff led the Oilers to their first GLIAC South Division title since 2003.  He has now won five divisional titles during his 17-year tenure with the program.  Colchagoff's 2014 team leads the GLIAC in kills (1,327), hitting percentage (.224), assists (1,239), aces (213) and blocks (260).


2014 GLIAC Volleyball Postseason Awards
Player of the Year
Kaitlyn Wolters
Grand Valley State University
Setter of the Year
Kaitlyn Wolters Grand Valley State University Senior
Attacker of the Year
Hannah Tong
University of Findlay
Blocker of the Year
Nickyla Garverick
University of Findlay
Libero of the Year
Christina Canepa Grand Valley State Senior
Freshman of the Year
Nickyla Garverick
University of Findlay
Coach of the Year
Wick Colchagoff
University of Findlay
17th Season


2014 All-GLIAC Volleyball First-Team

Hometown/High School
Kaitlyn Wolters
Grand Valley State
 Sr.     S Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian
Hannah Tong
 So.    OH Carey, Ohio / Carey 
Megan Vander Meer
Ferris State
 Jr.    OH Grand Rapids, Mich. / Homeschooled 
Kelsey Ferla
Saginaw Valley State
 Sr.  MH/OH Lincoln Park, Mich. / Gabriel Richard 
Courtney Rehm
Ferris State
 Sr.    OH Portage, Mich. / Central 
Alli Cudworth
 So.    OH Kent, Ohio / Theodore Roosevelt 
Nickyla Garverick
 Fr.    MB Crestline, Ohio / Colonel Crawford 
Alex Berger
Northern Michigan
 Jr.     L Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee 
Alexis Huntey
Ferris State
 Jr.    OH Stanwood, Mich. / Morley-Stanwood 
Makenzie Frodle
Saginaw Valley State
 Sr.     MH Fraser, Mich. / Fraser 
Christina Canepa
Grand Valley State
 Sr.     L Grand Rapids, Mich. / East Grand Rapids 
Haylee Booms
 Jr.    MH Marysville, Mich. / Marysville 
2014 All-GLIAC Volleyball Second-Team
Name School Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Amanda Calhoun Findlay Sr.  S Troy, Ohio / Tippecanoe 
Betsy Ronda Grand Valley State Jr.  OH Grand Rapids, Mich. / East Grand Rapids 
Jackie Oestreich Ohio Dominican So. MH Brighton, Mich. / Greenhills 
Lisa Studnicka Northern Michigan Jr.  LS Aurora, Ill. / Waubonsie Valley 
Katie Hasebein Malone Sr.  L/DS Painesville, Ohio / Riverside 
Lindsay Kostrzewa Hillsdale Sr.  MH  Traverse City, Mich. / Christian 
Jacqueline Aird Michigan Tech Jr.  DS  Orland Park, Ill. / Mother McAuley 
Emily Norscia Wayne State So.  OH  Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Churchill 
Abby Aiken Grand Valley State Sr.  OH  Onsted, Mich. /Onsted
Stephanie Sikorski Ferris State So.  Rochester Hills, Mich. / Rochester 
Kelly Vellucci Saginaw Valley So.  S/RS  Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson 
Lauren Rindler Ohio Dominican Sr.  OH/DS Rossburg, Ohio / Versailles 
2014 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team
Name School Year Pos. Hometown/High School
Casey Clark Ashland So.  OH  Indianapolis, Ind. / Warren G. Harding 
Caroline Heitzman Ferris State Jr.  MH  Newaygo, Mich. / Fremont 
Andrea Roach Findlay   Jr.   RS Denver, Colo. / Thunder Ridge / Missouri S&T 
Kaleigh Lound Grand Valley State Jr.  MB/RS Mason, Mich. / Mason
Marissa Owen Hillsdale Jr.  S/DS Saline, Mich. / Saline 
Asya Hobbs Lake Erie Fr.  OH  Lynwood, Ill. / Bishop Noll 
Meghan Drobish Lake Superior State Sr.  L/DS  Durand, Mich. / Durand 
Anna Hays Malone Fr.  OH Temperance, Mich. / Beford / Palm Beach Atlantic 
Lauren Emmert Michigan Tech Fr.   MB  Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook 
Madison Whitehead Northern Michigan Fr. LS/MH Altoona, Wis. / Altoona 
Allison Getty Northwood Fr.  OH  Wayland, Mich. / Wayland 
Brianna Reder Ohio Dominican Sr.  OH Maineville, Ohio / Little Miami 
Kaylee Schmitt Saginaw Valley State So.   MH  Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt 
Tiffany Buchinger Tiffin Sr.  S/RS  Reese, Mich. / Reese 
Gina Kramer Walsh Fr.  OH  Maria Stein, Ohio / Marion Local 
Heather Weiss Wayne State Jr.  OH  Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron