Sunday, April 14, 2024

Volleyball team picks up two wins at Jenison

The MSU volleyball team battled it out with Big Ten opponents en route to picking up two victories this weekend.

Led by another red-hot performance from redshirt freshman Megan Wallin, the Spartans (14-6 overall, 6-4 Big Ten) defeated Purdue 30-23, 30-23 and 30-19 on Friday.

Senior outside hitter Kyla Smith led the charge Saturday, recording 18 kills in the Spartans’ 38-40, 30-22, 30-21, 25-30 and 16-14 five-game marathon win over Illinois.

The contest against the Fighting Illini proved to be the highlight of the weekend. The match was filled with ugly numbers for both teams, but MSU outplayed Illinois in nearly every category.

“I guess they say the mark of a good team is to win the ugly ones,” MSU head coach Chuck Erbe said. “And I guess tonight, we made our mark.”

Junior setter Nikki Colson added, “When we get into close matches, we always say, ‘This is our house.’ That’s our driving motivation when we get into a fifth game.

“We don’t let anyone win a fifth game in our place.”

The Spartans remain unbeaten at home this season, holding an 8-0 mark with U-M coming to Jenison Field House on Wednesday.

Chris Mackinder

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