Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sports | Volleyball

VOLLEYBALL

Miller relaxes into star role

When she came to MSU in 2000, Emmy Miller faced a gigantic challenge - playing volleyball.Miller was a three-year letter winner at Okemos High School and played for Lansing Area Volleyball Association and USA Michigan teams before becoming a Spartan.But all that experience didn’t prime her for collegiate ball - not mentally or physically.“Her freshman year, she was just really overwhelmed,” head coach Chuck Erbe said.

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3 Spartans on pace to set career records

Despite only one match scheduled for this weekend, the No. 21 MSU women’s volleyball team could experience more than one triumph that night.A number of milestones are just a fingertip length away for some Spartans, including head coach Chuck Erbe.Erbe, in his 10th season as coach, will be gunning for his 200th victory in Friday night’s match against Northern Illinois (6-3). With a win, Erbe will become only the second coach in MSU volleyball history to eclipse the 200-win mark.Only Annelies Knoppers, the Spartans’ volleyball coach from 1974-1984, has more wins in Spartan history with 250.

VOLLEYBALL

Team takes two in tourney

After suffering its second consecutive loss, the MSU volleyball team rallied back to win the next two matches and leave the South Florida Adidas Invitational with a record of 7-2. With its 2-1 record in the tournament, the No.

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Transfer ready to lead

Three years ago an athlete described as having “competitive fire” was a coveted recruit.The Spartans lost the recruiting battle as Sara Villwock chose to stay close to home and attend Colorado.After two years of leading the Buffaloes’ volleyball team to as far as the second round in the NCAA Regionals, the junior outside hitter wanted to compete for a national championship.“I felt like I wanted more and I needed a change,” Villwock said.

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Team upset in finals

Kalamazoo - It was the upset of all upsets.Unfortunately for the MSU women’s volleyball team, they weren’t on the winning end.After reaching the WMU Invitational championship game, the No.

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WEB ONLY: Volleyball team sweeps again at invitational

In the 10:30 a.m. contest, the No. 12 Spartans defeated DePaul in three games, 30-25, 30-17 and 30-20 in their second match in the Western Michigan Invitational.Junior middle Jenny Rood, who had been hampered by a knee injury, got the green light for the match and was ecstatic about it.“You have no idea how happy I was,” Rood said.

VOLLEYBALL

Taking in a game can change your mind

Have you ever sat down and watched a volleyball match? More specifically, have you ever watched the MSU women’s volleyball team compete in a match? If not, all I can say is you’re missing out. After spending the majority of my weekend in Jenison Field House watching the Coca-Cola/MSU Volleyball Classic, I have a higher level of respect for volleyball and for the people who play it. Not that I never respected volleyball players, I’m a former high school baseball player and I spent most of my time in high school surrounded by jocks.

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Spikers rally to win tournament, ready for upcoming schedule

In a weekend filled with many scares, the MSU volleyball team overcame each and every one en route to a championship in the Coca-Cola/MSU Volleyball Classic.Perseverance could best describe how the Spartans defeated a Big East school, an in-state foe and a Southeastern Conference school all in a matter of 30 hours.The No.

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Spartans ready for tourney

The wait is finally over for the MSU women’s volleyball team. Tonight, the team will hit the court against an opponent for the first match in the 2002-2003 campaign when they take on Georgetown in the eighth annual Coca-Cola/MSU Volleyball Classic at Jenison Field House.

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Spartans working for perfection

All summer, the MSU volleyball team has been lifting weights and conditioning, trying to increase strength and endurance for the upcoming season.With two days until the team’s first regular season matchup, the No.

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Green takes White in Spikers debut

Prior to the MSU volleyball team’s Green & White game Saturday, head coach Chuck Erbe called the inter-squad scrimmage a “coming out party.”Anyone who listened to the radio or was in attendance at Jenison Field House didn’t have much of an argument.

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Volleyball adds transfer

The volleyball team added transfer student Sara Villwock to its 2002 roster. Villwock, who appeared in 59 career games for Colorado, transferred to MSU after two years of play for the Buffaloes.