Spartan Sports Roundup
Nov. 11, 2008
Spartan Sports Roundup provides a brief overview of the Olympic sports teams in action. Read a recap of last week's action, look ahead to this week's action and find key notes on each team in this weekly recap.
The 2008 MSU volleyball squad wrapped up a silent auction to benefit the MSU Pediatric and Adolescent Hematology/Oncology Clinic, the clinic that has played a critical role in the treatment of Adalin Farnum, the daughter of women's soccer associate head coach Tammy Farnum. Thirteen pairs of pink Nike volleyball shoes were auctioned off for $1,338 while over $600 was given in straight donations, raising nearly $2,000
Last Week: The Spartans did not compete last week.
This Week: MSU will compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet on Saturday (Nov. 15) in West Lafayette, Ind.
Notes: Nicole Bush (Wyoming, Mich.) was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year by the conference office last week ... She is the fourth Spartan to earn the award and first since Danette Doetzel in 2004 ... The Spartan women's team is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation while the men's team is ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region ... Bush and Lisa Senakiewich (Davison, Mich.) earned first team All-Big Ten honors after finishing in the top 10 at the Big Ten Championships ... Bush finished as the runner-up in last year's meet, making her a first team All-Big Ten honoree in back-to-back seasons ... Bush was the top Spartan finisher at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 18, taking sixth place with a time of 20:19.1 ... The women's team has two first-place finishes this season (Colonial Inter-Regional and Notre Dame Invitational) ... Both Bush and Senakiewich have earned Big Ten Runner of the Week awards this season ... Senakiewich won her first career cross country title at this year's Colonial Inter-Regional ... Sophomore Spencer Beatty (Harbor Springs, Mich.) has been the men's top finisher at the Spartan Invite, Colonial Inter-Regional and the Big Ten Championships ... Sophomore Patrick Grosskopf (Corunna, Mich.) was the first Spartan to cross the finish line at Pre-Nationals running the race in 24:28.3
Last Week: The 10th-ranked Spartans opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 4-2 win over Northwestern before falling to Iowa 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals.
This Week: Michigan State awaits a bid to the NCAA tournament. Selections will be announced Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Notes: Seniors Michelle Ciliberti (Louisville, Ky.) and Geraldine Raynor (Marondera, Zimbabwe) were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team ... Juniors Jeamie Deacon (Wexford, Ireland) and Floor Rijpma (Bunnik, Netherlands) earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, sophomore Jantine Steinmetz and freshman Chantae Miller (East Amherst, N.Y.) earned second team accolades, and sophomore Angela Pagura (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Sportsmanship Award winner ... Rijpma leads the team with 18 goals and 40 points. She is ranked 26th nationally in points per game and is tied for 17th in goals per game. Rijpma is third in the Big Ten in points, goals and goals per game ... Deacon and Miller are tied for second on the team in goals (12). Deacon has 35 points, while Miller has 34. Deacon is fifth in the conference in points and is tied with Miller for sixth in goals ... Senior Gwen Riley (Louisville, Ky.) leads the team with 13 assists and is fourth in points (27). She is tied for second in the Big Ten in assists. Miller and Pagura are tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with four ... Junior Elissa Unger (Reading, Pa.) has started and played in all 21 games, posting a .717 save percentage and 1.37 goals against average (GAA). Unger is second in the Big Ten in save percentage, third in GAA, and fourth in saves (76). She ranks 13th nationally in GAA, and is 36th in save percentage ... The Spartans have outscored their opponents 76-30, including a 41-14 advantage in the second half. MSU holds a 396-154 advantage in shots and a 190-90 lead in penalty corners ... Michigan State is ranked eighth in scoring margin (2.09), sixth in points per game (10.29) and is seventh nationally in goals per game (3.62). MSU is 12th nationally in winning percentage, and is also 12th in the latest NCAA RPI ... The Spartans rank second in scoring margin, first in shots (396) and in goals scored (76) in the Big Ten.
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Last Week: The Spartans did not compete.
This Week: MSU returns to action as the No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis., this Friday (Nov. 14) at 12 p.m. against either fourth-seeded Northwestern or the No. 5 seed Penn State. Should the Spartans win, the finals will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 16).
Notes: The Spartans are currently ranked 16th in this week's NSCAA/adidas poll and 13th in the CollegeSoccerNews.com poll ... MSU's regular-season Big Ten championship is the program's first title since it won the 2004 Big Ten Tournament ... The Spartans are undefeated in their last seven games with a 6-0-1 record ... MSU finished the conference regular-season with their best mark ever, 5-1, and most wins since 2000 when they went 4-1-1 in league play ... This season marks the third-consecutive year MSU has recorded at least 11 wins ... In six games against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 this season, the Spartans are 4-2 ... Senior Doug DeMartin's (Mason, Mich.) 33 points ranks sixth in the NCAA and continues to lead the Big Ten. His 15 goals are third-best in the nation and top in the conference ... DeMartin now has 36 career goals, moving him into fifth place on MSU's career list. His 81 career points ranks sixth. DeMartin's 15 goals this season are the most since Tom King scored 15 in 1981 and 1982 ... Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) has not allowed a goal in 515:03 of play ... He now has seven shutouts this season and ranks third in the NCAA in save percentage (.911) and first in the Big Ten in saves per game (5.86) ... Senior Louis Stephens' (Saginaw, Mich.) 12 points this season are good for a tie with fellow senior Zac Scaffidi (Geneva, Ill.) for second on the team... Scaffidi is tied for first in the conference in assists with six ... The Spartans 34 goals this year are the most since 2004 when they scored 38 ... MSU is 7-1-1 at home this year and it marks the third time since 2001 they have won seven games at home.
Last Week: The Spartans competed at the Big Ten Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa. Thursday, No. 4-seed MSU tied fifth-seeded Illinois, 0-0, but advanced, 4-3, on penalty kicks. On Friday, No. 1 seed Penn State defeated MSU, 1-0.
This Week: MSU received a bid to the NCAA Tournament and will take on UW-Milwaukee at 5 p.m. on Friday in South Bend, Ind. The winner of the MSU/UW-Milwaukee game will take on the winner of the Notre Dame/Toledo game on Sunday.
Notes: This year's NCAA Tournament appearance is MSU's third in program history, all having come since 2002 ... MSU earned its first tournament win in 2005, in a 4-0 win over Bowling Green in South Bend, Ind. ... Last Thursday's game with Illinois marked the first time in school history the Spartans decided a game on penalty kicks ... Freshman goalkeeper Jill Fliestra (Hudsonville, Mich.) has started the last three games for the Spartans and has surrendered just two goals ... MSU's 13 wins this season are the most since Big Ten women's soccer began in 1994 and the most since the 1991 season when it won 14 games ... Freshman Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) ranks third in the NCAA in points with 47 and is second nationally with 19 goals. Her 47 points and 19 goals both rank third on the school's single-season list and are the most since Big Ten play began in 1994 ... MSU went 9-0-2 at home this season, their best record in East Lansing since 1989 when it went 10-0 ... The Spartans' 46 goals this season are the most by a MSU team since the 1991 season when they scored 50 ... Junior Lauren Hill (Northville, Mich.) (33 points, 12 goals) continues to rank second in the conference in goals and points. She has 12 goals this season and 28 for her career, putting her alone in eighth place on MSU's all-time list while her five game-winning goals give her 11 for her career and push her into a tie for second in program history. Hill's 69 career points, places her in eighth on the school's all-time chart ... Lauren Sinacola (Rochester, Mich.) led the Big Ten in assists with 10 and put her in a tie for fourth on the MSU single-season assist list... Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Wrege (Portage, Mich.) has seven shutouts this season which put her in a tie for fourth on the MSU single-season list.
Last Week: The Michigan State women's tennis team concluded fall play at the Purdue Invitational at the Schwartz Tennis Center on Sunday. Four individuals- Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.), Ana Milosavljevic (Johannesburg, South Africa), Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) and Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.)- posted perfect singles records in the tournament.
Last Week: The Spartans did not compete.
This Week: Both the men's and women's teams return to action this week against Grand Valley State on November 14. The meet will take place at Jenison High School.
Notes: Senior Heather Kiluk (Libertyville, Ill.) picked up two wins in MSU's win over Houston, in the 1,000 freestyle and 200 IM ... Sophomore Rebecca Ebner (Okemos, Mich.) has won six of seven butterfly events she has competed in ... kevin Puskaric (Mokena, Ill.) won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in his first meet of the season against Iowa ... Three Spartan women's divers, (senior Danielle Williams (Dorchester, Ontario), freshman Sarah Clay (Fishers, Ind.) and junior Kayla Kalmbach (Grand Rapids, Mich.)) have qualified for NCAA Zones ... Freshman Kerry Sodonis (Troy, Mich.) has won both the 100 free (vs. Illinois) and the 100 breast (vs. Iowa).
Last Week: The MSU wrestling team hosted its annual MSU Open on Sunday, Nov. 9, with three Spartans taking first place in their respective weight classes. Senior Rex Kendle (Edwardsburg, Mich.) took the open title in the 165-pound class, junior Franklin Gomez (Brandon, Fla.) won the open title at 133, and sophomore Anthony Jones (Highland Park, Mich.) took the freshman/sophomore title at 157. Nine other Spartans earned medals by finishing in the top six in their weight class.
This Week: The Spartans travel to Raleigh, N.C., this Saturday, Nov. 15, for the ACC-Big Ten Clash. MSU will face off against three opponents, looking to improve upon its 5-2-1 all-time record against teams from the ACC.
Notes: Gomez title win is his third in a row at the MSU Open. Gomez won in the 125-pound class in 2006, and again at 133 in 2007 ... Kendle's MSU Open title marks his second top-two finish in as many weekends this season. Kendle finished second at the EMU Open on Nov. 1 ... Kendle took down No. 12-ranked Chris Brown of Old Dominion by a 6-4 decision in the 165-pound title match ... Gomez is ranked second in the country by Amateur Wrestling News and third by Intermat in their preseason rankings.