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MSU invited to NCAA Tournament with 5-15 Big Ten mark

November 29, 2009

The MSU volleyball team found no comfort on the road in its final regular season weekend, dropping 3-0 matches against No. 1 Penn State and Ohio State.

The Spartans fought hard Friday against Penn State, finishing within five points of the Nittany Lions in two of the three sets, but were unable to steal a frame from a team that has lost only five sets the entire season.

Penn State finished 20-0 in the Big Ten and will be a favorite to repeat as National Champions.

The Spartans were blanked in their conference finale Saturday against Ohio State, but were led by sophomore outside hitter Becca Zlabis’ eight kills.

Sophomore middle blocker Kyndra Abron led the team Friday with 14 kills, while junior libero Allyson Karaba tallied 19 digs.

The Spartans finished 17-15 on the season and 5-15 in conference play.

Despite the team’s struggles in conference play, MSU found out Sunday it made the 64-team NCAA Tournament and will face Kentucky on Friday in Lexington, Kent.

The Spartans will play in the Minneapolis Regional.

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