MSU (7-4 overall) opens up Big Ten play on Friday in Bloomington against Indiana (9-3 overall). The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. The Spartans play No. 15 Purdue (10- 2 overall) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Head coach Cathy George knew the first month of the season would be challenging for MSU volleyball (7-4 overall), EMCwho played five teams that made the NCAA tournament last season in a 15-day span. Unlike football, there’s no bye week for the volleyball team, which begins play in the toughest conference in the collegiate ranks on Friday against Indiana.
In the midst of a close match against LIU-Brooklyn last Friday, the ball ricocheted off a Spartan and nearly landed out of bounds, which would have resulted in a point for the other team. But as she’s done many times during her career at MSU, senior libero Kori Moster dived into the audience to keep the point alive for the Spartans.
No. 25 MSU (7-4 overall) won two of three games over the weekend at Jenison Field House as part of the 2014 Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. The tournament got off to a rough start for the Spartans, who lost to LIU-Brooklyn (9-4 overall) 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 26-24, 13-15) on Friday afternoon.
No. 25 MSU (7-4 overall) dominated UW-Milwaukee (5-8 overall), winning in three straight sets for the second night in a row (25-19, 25-8, 25-16) at Jenison Field House on Saturday night. “The thing that was so cool about (tonight) is that we were discipline two nights in a row,” senior libero Kori Moster said. “It was a huge step in the right direction.”
After a lackluster performance against LIU-Brooklyn in the day portion of the day-night doubleheader, No. 25 MSU (6-4 overall) swept Western Kentucky (11-3 overall), 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-16) in the night cap. “We came out with the right type of intensity and focus we needed to play against Western Kentucky,” head coach Cathy George said. “They’re a very good team.”
No. 25 MSU (5-4 overall) suffered another close loss at home on Friday afternoon, losing 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 26-24, 13-15) against LIU-Brooklyn (8-3 overall).After surrendering the first three points of the first set, MSU used a 14-8 run to give them a three-point lead.
Standing at six-foot-four feet tall, it’s not easy to miss outside hitter Chloe Reinig. Height aside, the sophomore standout has been a linchpin for No. 25 MSU volleyball (5-3 overall).Reinig has made up for lost time after missing the non-conference portion of the 2013 season with mononucleosis. The outside hitter appeared in 25 matches last season.
No. 25 MSU volleyball (5-3 overall) will host the 2014 Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational this weekend at Jenison Field House. The Spartans welcome LIU Brooklyn (7-3 overall), Western Kentucky (10-2 overall) and UW-Milwaukee (4-6 overall) to East Lansing for a two-day, six-game tournament.
No. 25 MSU volleyball (5-3 overall) will have to find a way to pick up the slack left behind after junior setter Halle Peterson dislocated her shoulder. Peterson injured her shoulder during Friday’s game against No. 14 Oregon. There is no timetable for her return.
The Spartan volleyball team (5-3 overall) returned home on Sunday with one more loss and one more win after splitting two games in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge.“We played two quality Pac-12 teams,” head coach Cathy George said. “I think there were areas where we grew and areas where we need to get sharper as a whole.”
MSU (5-3 overall) snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 3-1 win over previously undefeated Oregon State (7-1), 3-1 (26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21). The Spartans were able to salvage a split in the Big Ten- Pac 12 tournament after losing to Oregon on Friday night, 3-1 (25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 12-25).
The volleyball team will try and do what the football team failed to do last weekend — defeat Oregon in Eugene. No. 23 MSU (4-2 overall) will play the No. 18 Ducks (6-0 overall) on Friday and Oregon State (5-0 overall) on Saturday as part of the Big Ten- Pac 12 challenge.
No. 23 MSU (4-2 overall) did not get the results it wanted over the weekend after losing consecutive games to No. 17 UNC (4-1 overall) and No. 20 Duke (5-1 overall) at home as part of the ACC- Big Ten challenge. However, these losses can be attributed to the growing pains of a tough non-conference schedule and are not indicative of the team the Spartans can become.
The Spartans, (4-2 overall) ranked No. 14 as of Sunday, came into the weekend undefeated and ready to prove they could compete with top-25 competition, which will no doubt be the norm in the stacked Big Ten conference. However, after losing to No. 20 North Carolina 3-0 (17-25, 20-25, 22-25) and No. 19 Duke 3-2 (25-12, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 10-15) in consecutive nights as part of the ACC- Big Ten Challenge last weekend, MSU will have to regroup.
Despite holding a 2-1 lead at one point, No. 14 MSU (4-2) could not hold off No. 19 Duke (5-1) in a thriller at Jenison Field House.
No. 14 MSU (4-1 overall) couldn’t get anything going against No. 20 North Carolina (3-1) in Friday’s home opener, losing to the Tar Heels in straight sets (17-25, 20-25, 22-25).