The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conferenceâ??s (GLIAC) success in volleyball was highlighted again last season as its top programs continued to perform at a high level.
Northwood University reigned supreme as GLIAC regular season and tournament champs in 2012, proving the GLIAC preseason poll wrong. Picked to finish seventh before the season, the Timberwolves completed its regular-season conference slate with 17 wins in 18 attempts and won the conference tournament. It was the programâ??s best GLIAC record in history. NU featured sophomore outside hitter Juliia Pakhomenko, a sophomore, as the GLIAC â??Player of the Year,â?? and Tim Koth, as the GLIAC â??Coach of the Year.â??
Northwood finished 26-7 overall, but it was far from the only GLIAC program to turn in a strong season. NU was one of six GLIAC teams to win 20 or more matches. Grand Valley State University earned 25 wins, featuring GLIAC â??Freshman of the Yearâ?? Betsy Ronda; 2012 South Division Champs, Ashland University and Ferris State University, featuring GLIAC â??Libero of the Yearâ?? Brandie Merren, earned 24, Malone University won 23 and Northern Michigan University won 20. So, the top-to-bottom strength of the GLIAC remains in effect as proven by the number of strong overall records.
Ashland, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale College and Northwood represented the GLIAC in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Ashland, Ferris and Hillsdale advanced to the semifinals and the Chargers advanced to the regional championship match before it was stopped by Indianapolis, 3-0.gliac.org 2013 GLIAC VolleyballPreseason Coachesâ?? Poll
School (1st votes)
North Division 1. Northwood (5) 45 2. Ferris State (2) 42 3. Hillsdale (1) 35 4. Grand Valley State 35 5. Northern Michigan 28 6. Saginaw Valley State 18 7. Michigan Tech 14 8. Lake Superior 7 South Division 1. Ashland (5) 47 2. Wayne State (3) 44 3. Findlay 33 4. Malone 31 5. Ohio Dominican 26 6. Walsh 21 7. Tiffin 15 8. Lake Erie 7