Senior libero and team co-captain Kori Moster has another honor to add to her already decorated career.
MSU volleyball’s star player recorded her 2,000th dig against No. 6 Penn State on Saturday night in the first set, resulting in a kill by senior outside hitter Taylor Galloway .
“I wasn’t aware of it before this weekend,” Moster said on becoming only the eighth player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. “When you sit back and think about it’s pretty cool, not only for my own name but for the program.”
MSU (12-9 overall, 5-5 Big Ten) was not able to defeat the Nittany Lions, losing in straight sets , but Moster was able to move into seventh place all time on the Big Ten career digs list.
Moster, who already leads MSU in all-time digs, finished the weekend with 33 digs. She recorded 22 against Ohio State on Friday night and 11 against Penn State on Saturday night.
Her 11th dig of the night against Penn State came in the third set resulting in a kill by sophomore opposite hitter Allyssah Fitterer and was the one which pushed her past former Iowa libero Bethany Yeager for seventh all-time.
“She’s elite,” head coach Cathy George said. “We’ve all known she’s elite, but Kori being able to etch her name in the record books both in the Big Ten and here at Michigan State, that’s what happen with special players.”
The Cincinnati, Ohio native currently has 2,008 digs and trails former Purdue libero Kelli Miller by just five digs for sixth all-time.
“It just kind of shows in the struggles of it all and the challenges that every new year brings you’re working for something,” Moster said. “Those individual goals kind of get lost when you’re in the middle of working towards team goals.”
Moster is averaging a little over 16 digs per game and at her current pace, she will finish the season with 502 digs and her career with 2,170 digs, which is eight digs away from fifth all-time in the conference.
The senior libero will have a chance to up her digs total on Friday night when MSU welcomes No. 10 Illinois (16-5 overall, 8-2 Big Ten) to Jenison Field House for a 7 p.m. matchup.