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Spartans get first Big Ten victory of season

September 26, 2005

The MSU women's volleyball team finally earned a victory in the Big Ten season but it didn't come easily as they captured it on the road in a four-game match against Indiana University (7-6 overall, 1-1 Big Ten).

The Spartans (8-4, 1-1) got off to a slow start, as the Hoosiers jumped out to an 18-11 lead in game one. The lead didn't last long with a poor hitting performance from the Hoosiers and the Spartans took advantage, having a .261 hitting percentage and winning the game.

The Hoosiers didn't back down in game two, though.

MSU had a .047 hitting percentage compared to a .250 percentage from the Hoosiers. Indiana went on to even up the match at one game apiece.

That would be the last win the Hoosiers would earn for the night, as the Spartans posted a strong defensive presence at the net in sets three and four.

Senior middle blocker Megan Wallin had a career high with six block assists as MSU went on to beat the Hoosiers 3-1.

Middle blocker Mandy Eberle paced the Indiana offensive attack by posting 17 kills and nine blocks in the match.

Sophomore libero Nicole Colaluca recorded 14 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Katie Johnson and Wallin each tallied 16 kills for the night.

The Spartans travel to Minnesota (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

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