Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sports | Volleyball


Sophomore thriving after returning from injury

In the midst of a nine-game winning streak and driven by the play of its top scorer — sophomore Jenilee Rathje — the MSU volleyball team appeared poised for a solid Big Ten run last season when Rathje suddenly went down with a torn ACL in a September game against Ohio State.


Recruiting class of '12 making huge impact

Entering last season with only three upperclassmen and significant holes to fill from the previous year’s NCAA Tournament team, the MSU volleyball program turned to a promising freshman class to step in and make contributions immediately.


Tight-knit sisters bring winning equation to MSU

For the MSU volleyball team, defense starts with a capital K. That’s because the Spartans defense is anchored in part by the sister duo of Allyson and Mandi Karaba, who were born about 10 months apart and have helped lead the way to a 6-0 start for MSU. Allyson, a junior libero, was named the tournament MVP for this past weekend’s Cleveland State Invitational, which the Spartans won by winning all three of their games.


Long road ahead for undefeated Spartans

Long road trips can be difficult and overbearing, but as the No. 20 MSU volleyball team stares down a monthlong stretch of games away from Jenison Field House, head coach Cathy George is optimistic her team will develop a good road routine in time for the tough Big Ten Conference schedule ahead.