Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sports | Volleyball

VOLLEYBALL

Final test for Spartans before Big Ten season

In the last weekend before Big Ten play commences, the No. 14 MSU volleyball team (8-1 overall) will host Eastern Michigan, Duquesne and Cincinnati at Jenison Field House at the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. It could be a big weekend for senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski, who is 10 kills away from reaching the 2,000 kill career milestone.

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Freshman stepping up big for volleyball

The volleyball team continues to rely on their nationally seventh-ranked freshman class, and the class continues to deliver. Though early injuries have forced head coach Cathy George to give freshman middle blocker Allyssah Fitterer and freshman middle blocker Autumn Christenson, who has played outside hitter thus far, larger roles than what was initially expected, the talented recruits have handled the grind of the season with grace.

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Volleyball closing in on grueling Big Ten schedule

A No. 14 ranking certainly isn’t anything to be ashamed of. But for volleyball head coach Cathy George, MSU’s No. 14 ranking only highlights the amount of work that needs to be done before Big Ten play begins Sept. 27. Despite the strong start, MSU (8-1 overall) is only ranked fifth in a stacked Big Ten conference as of Sept. 14.

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Solid weekend gives Wicinski Big Ten volleyball honors

With a tournament-winning performance, Big Ten honors and a major milestone approaching, it’s safe to say that senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski is enjoying her week. Fresh off of an MVP performance at the Butler Invitational, Wicinski has been named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time in her career.

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Wicinski named MVP in 3-0 Butler Invitational

Senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski fell short of hitting the 2,000 kill mark over the weekend, but it didn’t matter as the Spartans (8-1 overall) won the Butler Invitational behind her MVP performance. Wicinski’s 45 kills led the Spartans to 3-0 sweeps over IPFW on Friday and Illinois State and Butler on Sunday.

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Only the elite: Jenna Wrobel

As a freshman, MSU volleyball great Jenna Wrobel was immediately plugged into a starting lineup burgeoning with potential. The head coach at the time, Chuck Erbe, was in the midst of compiling a team stocked with significant talent. Current head coach Cathy George described Wrobel as the missing link to that team.

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Volleyball team heading to Indy for Butler Invitational

A week after a 2-0 weekend homestand, the volleyball team (5-1 overall) will hit the road to Indianapolis as they take on IPWF, Illinois State and Butler at the Butler Invitational. Illinois State in particular will be an interesting matchup. Besides MSU having a 5-8 series record against the Red Birds, head coach Cathy George is a 1985 Illinois State graduate.

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Wicinski closing in on record

Two thousand kills — it’s an exclusive sorority. Former volleyball player Jenna Wrobel, who will be inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame today, reached the 2,000 career kills almost two decades ago. She currently stands as the all-time MSU leader in career kills with 2,292, and is 18th overall on the NCAA all-time career kills list.

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Wicinski, Mathews fronting offensive attack for MSU

Last Friday’s win against Oregon was an exposition of intensity for the No. 15 MSU volleyball team. Led by the aggressive play of senior middle blocker Alexis Mathews and senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski, MSU snuffed Oregon — last season’s national championship runner-up — in a close 3-1 victory.

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Hot start for volleyball is just the beginning

At the eve of the 2013 volleyball season, junior libero and co-captain Kori Moster made it abundantly clear — the Spartans are striving for more. Following a successful 2012 season, it only fits that the bar has been raised. After a Sweet 16 exit last year, MSU’s appetite for success has grown. The Spartans yearn for a Final Four appearance. A national championship berth would be even better.