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.
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 didnt prime her for collegiate ball - not mentally or physically.Her freshman year, she was just really overwhelmed, head coach Chuck Erbe said.
Despite only one match scheduled for this weekend, the No. 21 MSU womens 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 nights 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.
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.