GVSU Quick Hits

Kellen Voss, Sports Editor

GVSU announces Fall 2019 ESPN3 Schedule

On Wednesday, August 14, Grand Valley State athletics announced the 14 fall sport regular season games that will air on ESPN3 for the 2019 season.

All seven home football games will be broadcast on ESPN3, as well as a trio of volleyball matches and four soccer matches.

The first ESPN3 event will take place Thursday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m., as the preseason No. 1 GVSU soccer team will play their season opener against the No. 5 Rollins College. Volleyball’s GLIAC opening weekend will air on ESPN3 with matches against Northern Michigan (Sept. 20) and Michigan Tech (Sept. 21).

The GVSU Football season opener is set for Saturday, September 7, when the Lakers host Edinboro in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. That game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m.

Tom Clearly will once again be the play-by-play voice for all GVSU games on ESPN3, as he will be joined by Bob Mitchell for football game analysis.

GVSU Basketball announes four transfers for 2019-20 season

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team and head coach Ric Wesley announced the signing of four transfers into the Laker basketball program for the 2019-20 season on Tuesday, August 13.

The group will feature Isaac Gassman, who after two redshirt seasons, appeared in 58 career games and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Australian Jayden Hodgson comes to Allendale after three seasons at Bradley University, where he saw action in 86 games, including 29 starts. Hodgson recently played on the Australia U17 team, where we won a silver medal in the FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai in 2014.

Rounding out this quartet of transfers are Chistian Negron, who played two seasons at Loyola University Chicago, and Detroit native John Slater, after a successful two-year career at Oakland Community College where he averaged 18.6 points and seven assists last season.

GVSU Football Season tickets on record-setting sales pace

As of Friday, August 9, the 2019 total season tickets sold has already surpassed the 2018 total, as sales on the tickets are up 7.5 percent and are quickly drawing closer to the 2014 single-season, record-setting total.

The excitement for GVSU football is at a high rate, as the home opener vs Edinboro has been coined a “blackout.” The Lakers are coming off a 2018 season where they won 10 games and advanced to the NCAA DII Playoffs for the 20th time in program history.

These rises in ticket sales are likely due to major change in ticket sales, as GVSU now has created a membership model which includes benefits at a reduced price. With the new price structure, a 2019 season ticket starts at just $99. Added benefits for season ticket holders include, but are not limited to, a new private season ticket holder entrance, exclusive discounts, free gifts and complementary GVSU basketball tickets.