Slowly, the No. 23 Spartans have been trying to figure out what has gone wrong this season. They started out the season as the 15th-ranked volleyball team in the nation and were ranked as high as 12th.
A rash of injuries have left the No. 23 Spartans dealing with more physical pains then theyd like to this season. For the second straight weekend and fifth straight game, junior outside hitter Sara Villwock was sidelined nursing an injured left foot. Prior to Villwocks injury, she led the team with 113 kills total, she also was the teams biggest defensive threat, digging 3.29 balls per game. Her presence has been felt on the bench, but it has lacked on the floor - where the Spartans have been hurting.
The No. 18 MSU volleyball team went into State College, Pa. to face the powerhouse Nittany Lions, knowing it would be a tough match.The Spartans found out the hard way in their second straight loss.
Emily Engels road to playing collegiate volleyball could have been easy. She would have been a top player on numerous other college teams, but she didnt want to take the easy road.Instead, she chose MSU - a much bigger challenge.
But in the end, MSU (9-3 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) defeated Iowa (6-6, 0-2) in four games, 30-26, 30-25, 19-30 and 30-27 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.I think we were very fortunate to win, MSU head coach Chuck Erbe said.
The Spartans had more trouble then they would have liked with the Hawkeyes on Saturday. But in the end, MSU (9-3 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) defeated Iowa (6-6, 0-2) in four games, 30-26, 30-25, 19-30 and 30-27 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. I think we were very fortunate to win, MSU head coach Chuck Erbe said.
Minneapolis - Too many unforced errors led to the Spartans demise against the Golden Gophers on Friday.MSU (8-3) looked to give Minnesota (14-2) a run for its money in the early going, but could never take control because of service errors and miscommunication.
Kyla Smith could have easily stayed at home in British Columbia. Or she could have followed her high school friends to places like Colorado, Washington or Oregon. Instead the senior outside hitter chose to play volleyball at MSU, and four years later, the Spartans must be mighty happy at her need for individuality. The player head coach Chuck Erbe calls the cornerstone of his team is raking up the best numbers of her life.
Though the sun wasnt shining outside, the No. 21 Spartans were shining bright inside Jenison Field House on Friday night, defeating Northern Illinois in three games 30-20, 30-25 and 30-19.The Spartans (8-2) who had their killing-percentage troubles in the South Florida Adidas Invitational last weekend cured enough of their problems to defeat the Huskies (7-4).For the match the Spartans had a killing percentage .352, mounting a total of 53 kills.When we were playing in system, everything was flowing together, junior middle Jenny Rood said.