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MSU volleyball looks to improve Big Ten record on the road

October 7, 2015
<p>Sophomore middle blocker Alyssa Garvelink celebrates getting a point with her team at the volleyball game against Michigan on Sept. 30, 2015 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 3-0. </p>

Sophomore middle blocker Alyssa Garvelink celebrates getting a point with her team at the volleyball game against Michigan on Sept. 30, 2015 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 3-0.

Photo by Catherine Ferland | The State News

Coming off a two-game split in their series against MSU's in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines, the MSU women's volleyball team is hitting the road to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Wednesday, and will continue the road trip with a stop in Iowa City to face the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday.

The Spartans began this long road trip last Saturday with a 3-2 loss to the Wolverines. However, because of their 3-0 sweep against the Wolverines at Jenison Field House Sept. 30, they retained the State Pride Flag for a sixth straight season.

MSU volleyball head coach Cathy George previewed the upcoming road games, including a dangerous Nebraska team, who beat No. 1 Penn Stateon the road and lost a very close game to No. 13 Ohio State.

“Nebraska, they went ahead and beat Penn State at Penn State which is no easy task,” George said. “Nebraska is a very strong, solid, well-coached team, a team that traditionally is strong year in and year out, and I think they have a nice group of players right now.”

As for Iowa, the Hawkeyes have a 10-7 overall record, but have opened up Big Ten play with four straight losses. Regardless, George is not taking them lightly.

“Iowa has a coach that is fairly new to their program, and he’s really getting them to believe and that team’s playing real hard,” George said. “They’re playing well, they’re really starting to maximize themselves.”

Volleyball games on the road are of utmost importance, especially during conference play. Despite the hostile environments and good competition, George said the girls will be prepared.

“We have a big task ahead of us this week, but that’s no different than any other week.” George said. “We’ll be ready.”

The Spartan volleyball team currently sits at 10-5 with a 2-2 conference record. The match against Nebraska begins at 8 p.m. on Oct. 7, and the match against Iowa is an 8 p.m. start on Oct 10.

MSU will return to East Lansing for a four-game homestand following Iowa beginning with Maryland Oct. 14.

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