Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Sports

SPORTS

Youthful team fulfilling coachs rebuilding vision, going to NCAAs

A bid in a NCAA tournament may not seem like a major milestone, but compared to virtual nonexistence two years ago, the MSU women’s tennis team will take it. Four players from the team have received invitations to compete in the NCAA regional tournament Thursday through Sunday in Madison, Wisc. Surprisingly, the oldest player among the four is a sophomore, Caroline Lay. But looking at the makeup of the team, it’s no surprise.

FOOTBALL

Multiple injuries plague Spartan quarterbacks

MSU’s Duffy Daugherty Football Building is operating more like an infirmary these days. With at least 10 players injured - six of them out for at least three weeks or more - the prognosis is shaky for a strong second half of the season. The Spartans’ latest spell of doom came Saturday in a 28-19 loss at Minnesota. And nobody was hit harder than MSU’s quarterbacks.

FOOTBALL

Injuries cant ruin Van Dyke

Minneapolis - Things have been rough for me lately. I took the toughest midterm of my life Friday morning,Then about an hour later, I began an 11-hour Midwest highway trek with my fellow State Newsers to cover the MSU-Minnesota game.Then shortly after the Spartans disappointing 28-19 loss Saturday, I found out my girlfriend didn’t receive the flowers I bought her - so much for a little bit of sweetness on Sweetest Day.

ICE HOCKEY

Defense, goaltending tie up bulldogs

The top-ranked Spartans took care of business on the final date of their four-game season-opening homestand with a 2-0 win over Ferris State on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena.Goals from senior right wing Adam Hall and freshman center Ash Goldie provided plenty of support for junior goaltender Ryan Miller, who made 23 saves Saturday and recorded his second shutout of the season.“We were up against a high-speed team that was getting a lot of chances,” said Miller, who earned his 20th career shutout.

FOOTBALL

Gophers running game surprises, beats team

Minneapolis - Minnesota’s 6-foot-3 wide receiver Ron Johnson was on the cover of the game program in MSU’s 28-19 loss to Minnesota in the Metrodome. Maybe his smaller teammates Marion Barber III and Tellis Redmon should have been. Granted, Johnson had four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, was a preseason All-American and is the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 176. But in Saturday’s win over MSU, Johnson took the backseat to 5-foot-11 Barber and 6-foot Redmon, who both had late fourth quarter touchdown runs to regain the lead and seal a much-needed conference victory. Barber had 158 yards on 15 carries and Redmon had 134 yards on 22 carries. Substituting both running backs made a difference, especially late in the game, Redmon said. “The mixing up of Marion and I was good because it was the small things that made the difference,” Redmon said.

SPORTS

Womens crew wins every event at Head of the Grand

The MSU women’s crew team was the star of its own show Sunday, winning every event in the Head of the Grand, its only home meet of the season. The team beat instate rivals Grand Valley State and Northern Michigan in the novice eight, the women’s pair, the women’s varsity eight and the women’s varsity four events on the Grand River in Lansing.

SPORTS

Minnesota falls 1-0 to Spartans

The MSU women’s soccer team only needed one chance Sunday. The Spartans (7-6-2, 4-4-1 Big Ten) recorded a 1-0 win against Minnesota (4-10, 3-7) on Sunday at Old College Field. The Spartans dominated the first half with 10 shots, but Minnesota found a way to thwart most of MSU’s chances. But the Gopher defense couldn’t stop a Spartan corner kick 29 minutes into the game. Sophomore forward Tiffany Laskowski kicked the ball in front of the net.

SOCCER

Team loses in double overtime

After several opportunities, the Spartans finally saw the ball hit the back of the net for the first time in double overtime, sealing a 1-0 win.Unfortunately, it was the back of their net.The Spartans (8-3-1, 3-2 Big Ten) battled No.

ICE HOCKEY

T-shirt giveaway turns into Zamboni disaster

A dose of déjà vu nearly befell Munn Ice Arena on Saturday night, as a Zamboni mishap delayed the start of the second period by about 15 minutes. During the first intermission, a Munn employee sitting on the Zamboni attempted to throw a giveaway T-shirt into the crowd, but his toss failed to clear the glass in the northeast corner of the rink.

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball team loses second straight home match

Even with a career night from freshman outside hitter Kim Schram, the No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes proved to be too much for the Spartan volleyball team as they downed MSU 3-1 Saturday at Jenison Field House.The Buckeyes (17-1, 9-1 Big Ten) utilized numerous weapons in the match, led by outside hitter Anne Botica’s 17 kills.Schram led both teams with 20 kills, a career-high, and only committed five errors.

ICE HOCKEY

Mason notches 900th career win as Spartans shut out Ferris

MSU head coach Ron Mason earned his 900th career win the way he has earned so many others Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. The top-ranked Spartans (3-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 CCHA) relied on a tested defense and solid goaltending to beat Ferris State 2-0 in front of 6,732 fans. Junior goaltender Ryan Miller made 23 saves and recorded his second shutout of the year to help Mason, already college hockey’s all-time winningest coach, push his career record to 900-371-79.

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball loses first game at home to No. 11 Penn State

The Spartan volleyball team dropped three straight games to No. 11 Penn State on Friday at Jenison Field House. The Nittany Lions rolled to victory 30-23, 30-24 and 30-25 over the Spartans, who were previously 9-0 at Jenison. Penn State (14-3, 7-2 Big Ten) trailed MSU early in all three games before scrapping together major scoring runs to open the games in their favor.