Quick hits: Allie Ludge GLIAC track & field honors, men’s club roller hockey Pittsburgh results, annual tennis ‘play day’

GVSU track and field standout Allie Ludge earns GLIAC nod

Grand Valley State women’s track and field received another GLIAC award this past weekend. Sophomore Allie Ludge became the fourth Laker to be named Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

It all started Friday, Jan. 29, on the fourth weekend of the 2017-18 indoor track and field season when Ludge performed well in the 800-meter with a sensational provisional time of 2:10.81. The sophomore became the holder of the second-best time in the GLIAC, along with seventh-fastest time in Division II for that category.

Ludge didn’t stop there, though, taking on the 3,000-meter where she finished third with a respectable 10:18.17.

GVSU men’s club roller hockey travels to Pittsburgh

The Division I and Division III Grand Valley State men’s roller hockey teams traveled down to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 20, where the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association hosted a tournament.

Multiple teams received an invitation, including 16 Division I teams and five Division III teams.

GVSU’s Division I team started off their tournament against former national champion Neumann University. GVSU had not won a single game against the Knights in their first three meetings. However, the fourth time was the charm as GVSU finally got over the hump and defeated Neumann with a score of 6-3.

The momentum carried on with the team as the tournament went on. GVSU scored within the first minute of their second game against Temple University and coasted to victory, ending the game at 6-1.

GVSU showed its tenacity against Slippery Rock University, as the Lakers found themselves down by 3 at the end of the second period. GVSU scored eight unanswered goals to finish the game with a final score of 8-3.

They did not stop there, however, adding two more wins against Robert Morris and Cortland to finish the weekend undefeated.

However, the Division III team did not have the same luck, as they did not win a single game throughout the tournament, losing to Farmingdale, Bethel and Lindenwood.

GVSU tennis co-hosts annual Adaptive Play Day

The Grand Valley State tennis team held its annual Adaptive Play Day in Holland, Michigan, on Friday, Jan. 19. This is the third year that GVSU has joined the United States Tennis Association Midwest Section to host this event.

The members of the tennis team came to help the 27 athletes who showed up learn more about the sport. However, it turned out that the athletes had as much to teach as they had to learn.

“The event went great,” said head coach John Black. “All of the GV players did a great job assisting the children and helping them have a great time while learning some tennis. After the event, many of my team told me that they enjoyed participating and got a lot out of it.”

Multiple athletes, including Samantha Schrepferman and Aimee Moccia, reflected on what appeared to be a great day for everyone who was involved.

“The way (my partner) got so excited every time she hit a ball over the net, working as a team and doing drills is something that I take for granted every day, and for her, it was a new adventure, something she was absolutely thrilled to be doing,” Schrepferman said. “Working with her, she has taught me to treat everything as its own adventure, even if it (is) something we do every day out of habit.”