Truman State volleyball falls to Grand Valley State in the NCAA tournament

The 2013 Truman volleyball season came to a close on Thursday (Dec. 5) night, as the No. 24 Bulldogs fell 3-1 (-19, 17-25, 25-27, 24-26) at No. 13 and Midwest region top-seed Grand Valley (Mich.) State in the NCAA first round.

The Bulldogs (23-12) opened the match with a six-point win in the opening frame, as Truman aced GVSU (30-3) three times and held the Lakers to a .140 hitting line.

The weekend host rebounded in set two, hitting .268 and digging 26 Bulldog attacks to even the match with a 25-17 win.

Set three appeared to be headed the way of the Lakers with ease, as GVSU opened up an 18-12 gap.

However, the Bulldogs began to chip away, drawing to within 23-22 before a service error put GVSU on set point.

The 'Dogs fended off two set points, but the Lakers eventually eked out a 27-25 third set win to go ahead, 2-1.

The fourth set was a game of runs, as after GVSU took a 4-3 lead, Truman scored nine straight to take a 12-4 advantage.

The Lakers recovered with seven straight of their own to pull within one, as the teams played a tight battle the rest of the set.

With a total of 14 ties and four lead changes in the set, it was GVSU that landed on top with a 26-24 decision to cap the match.

Junior Allie Brak led all players with 24 kills and hit .243, pairing them with 12 digs for a double-double.

She totaled 27 points on the night, including 11 kills in the fourth frame on 25 swings. Sophomore Ali Patterson added seven kills and six blocks, and sophomore Abby Heise added eight kills and a pair of blocks.

Junior Meghan Zimmerman notched a double-double of her own with 45 assists and 18 digs, while junior Abby Moser led all players with 26 digs.

For the match, the Bulldogs hit .146 with 52 kills and six service aces and eight blocks to Grand Valley's .194 hitting line, 55 kills, three aces and seven blocks. Kaleigh Lound led the Lakers with 13 kills and hit .522.

The Bulldogs return five starters plus their libero for the fall 2014 season, as the team loses seniors Heather Hargadine and Lauren Radix to graduation.

Next season's schedule will be released in early 2014.

Courtesy Truman State University