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Women's Volleyball

Ten NCAA Appearances 1994 GLIAC Champions

PREVIEW: Volleyball opens GLIAC play downstate

PREVIEW: Volleyball opens GLIAC play downstate
Date Friday, Sept 20 | Saturday, Sept 21
Location DU Student Center (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  GVSU Fieldhouse Arena (Allendale, Mich.)
Video Stream Davenport | GVSU
Live Stats Davenport | GVSU



• Michigan Tech opens GLIAC play at Davenport on Friday and Grand Valley State Saturday. First serve is at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday
• The Huskies are 5-3 overall with wins over Southwest Minnesota State, Mary, Minnesota Crookston twice, and Bemidji State.

• Davenport is 2-6 with sweeps of Clarion and Northern Michigan. The Panthers were picked fourth in the GLIAC South Division in the coaches' poll after a 17-14 record in 2018 and 9-7 conference mark.
• Grand Valley State is 4-4 on the season with wins over UNC Pembroke, Coker, Southern New Hampshire, and Florida Tech. The coaches selected the Lakers third in the GLIAC South after they went 13-15 overall and 6-10 in the GLIAC in 2018.

• Davenport - Tech split with Davenport in 2018, defeating the Panthers 3-1 at the SDC and then falling 3-2 in the GLIAC Semifinals at Ferris State.
• Grand Valley State - The Huskies swept the Lakers in both meetings last year. Once in September at the SDC and again in the GLIAC Tournament in Houghton.

• Tech received votes in this week's AVCA Coaches' Top 25 Poll, ranking 28th nationally.
• The Huskies were ranked No. 21 last week and received votes in the preseason poll.
• Tech was ranked in five polls in 2018. The Black and Gold spent two weeks at No. 24 and three at No. 25 last season.

Laura De Marchi is third nationally in career assists per set (11.67)
Olivia Ghormley is sixth nationally in career kills per set (3.67)
• De Marchi ranks second in the GLIAC in assists per set (11.19)
• Ghormley is third in the GLIAC in kills per set this season (4.07) and sixth in overall kills (114)
Emilia Widen is third in the GLIAC in hitting percentage (.338)
Rachel Ping is fourth in the GLIAC in service aces per set (0.50)
Janie Grindland is sixth in the GLIAC in hitting percentage (.322)

• Tech went 2-2 at the BW Kelly Inn Best Western Inn Huskies Classic last weekend in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
• The Huskies fell to No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 3-0 Thursday. Tech defeated Bemidji State 3-1 Friday afternoon and fell to tournament host St. Cloud State 3-1 Friday evening. The tournament wrapped up with a 3-0 sweep of Minnesota Crookston Saturday.
Olivia Ghormley (54 kills) and MacAulay Petersen (35 kills) led the offense with Ghormley averaging 3.86 kills per set. Laura De Marchi averaged 11.38 assists per set, totaling 148 on the weekend. Grace Novotny (67 digs), Anna Jonynas (45 digs), and Janie Grindland (10 blocks) led the defense.

Olivia Ghormley was named to the BW Kelly Inn Best Western Inn Huskies Classic All-Tournament Team. It was the second all-tournament team selection this season and the fifth of her career.
• Ghormley led the Huskies with 54 kills on the weekend, averaging 3.9 kills per set. On 148 attempts she only had 12 errors for a .283 hitting percentage. She played in 14 sets over the four matches and had a pair of double-doubles on Friday.
• In a 3-1 win over Bemidji State in the afternoon, she tallied 25 kills, hit .449, registered a block, and 12 digs. Against tournament host St. Cloud State in the evening, she had a career-high 17 digs while adding 12 kills. Ghormley also added 11 kills versus No. 6 Minnesota Duluth Thursday and six kills in a sweep of Minnesota Crookston Saturday.

• In the 2019 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Huskies were second in the North Division with 57 points, including four first-place votes.
• Ferris State (61) was the top pick after its fifth straight GLIAC Championship last year. Saginaw Valley State (44), Northern Michigan (33), Northwood (22), and Lake Superior State (14) round out the North.
• Ashland (57) and Wayne State (43) were selected to lead the South Division followed by Grand Valley State (41), Davenport (39), Parkside (24), and Purdue Northwest (12).

• Head coach Matt Jennings enters his eighth season and has won 116 matches overall.
• Under Jennings, the Huskies have gone from the last place in the conference to nationally ranked and in the postseason.
• Jennings has coached the Huskies to back to NCAA tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018.
• He was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2017 and led the team to a program-record 10 straight wins to start the 2016 season.

The Huskies are coming off back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament and three straight second-place finishes in the GLIAC North Division. Tech has won 20 matches in back-to-back season, including the fourth-highest win total and third-fewest losses in a single-season with a 23-7 record in 2018. The Huskies also posted a mark of 14-2 in the GLIAC, the second most conference wins in program history, and the second-highest winning percentage against GLIAC competition in team history (.875).

Outside hitter Olivia Ghormley (Third Team) and junior setter Laura De Marchi (Honorable Mention) were AVCA All-Americans a year ago. Both earned major league awards as Ghormley was the GLIAC Attacker of the Year and De Marchi the GLIAC Setter of the Year for the second straight season. Ghormley tallied 518 kills with an average of 4.58 per set to lead the GLIAC and rank sixth in the nation. De Marchi racked up 1,254 assists and averaged 11.72 per set to lead the league. 

• Tech hosts three matches next week at the SDC Gym. The GLIAC home-opener is Tuesday, September 24 versus Northern Michigan. The Huskies also host Saginaw Valley State Friday and Lake Superior State Saturday next weekend.
• October begins with a road trip downstate at Northwood and Ferris State.