No. 25 MSU (7-4 overall) dominated UW-Milwaukee (5-8 overall), winning in three straight sets for the second night in a row (25-19, 25-8, 25-16) at Jenison Field House on Saturday night.
“The thing that was so cool about (tonight) is that we were discipline two nights in a row,” senior libero Kori Moster said. “It was a huge step in the right direction.”
Slow starts have plagued the Spartans in the past but tonight was a different story.
UW-Milwaukee had a 5-4 lead to begin the game but MSU scored five straight points and never trailed during the rest of the first set, winning 25-19.
MSU looked even more dominant in the second set, scoring eight of the first nine points. The Spartans cruised through the set, winning 25-8.
UW-Milwaukee hoped a timeout would slow the momentum down for the surging Spartans in the third set, who led 9-6 but MSU went on an 8-3 run afterwards en route to a 25-16 victory in the set.
For the second straight night, scoring was evenly spread as MSU relied on a total team effort to win it’s second straight contest.
“We played as one today,” senior outside hitter Taylor Galloway said. “There’s a difference between six individuals being out on the court and one team being out on the court.”
Six different players had at least five kills for the Spartans tonight and four different players had at least five digs.
Sophomore middle blocker and opposite hitter Allyssah Fitterer had a team-high 11 kills. Freshman setter Rachel Minarick led the team with 29 assists. Moster contributed seven assists and a team-high 15 digs.
“We are definitely making strides,” head coach Cathy George said. “I’m glad that we figured a few things out here in the last few matches.”
The non-conference portion of the schedule is in the books, MSU travels to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers (8-2 overall) next Friday.
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