Oct. 1, 1997
Oct. 3 Michigan Cliff Keen Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Oct. 5 Northwestern Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
Michigan State's Chuck Erbe (Cal State Fullerton, 1972) is 94-51 in his fifth season as head coach at Michigan State and 407-172-3 overall in his 17th year as a head coach.
Greg Giovanazzi (UCLA, 1981) is 80-90 in his sixth season as Michigan's head coach and overall in his career.
Kevin Renshler (Ohio State, 1986) is 10-3 in his first season as Northwestern's mentor. He is 66-70 in his fifth season as a head coach.
SCOUTING THE TEAMS
Michigan is 9-4 overall, 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines defeated Minnesota last Friday in five games, 6-15, 15-11, 16-18, 15-11, 15-12 then traveled to Iowa on Saturday, again winning in five games, 15-6, 15-9, 14-16, 8-15, 15-10.
Northwestern is 10-3 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats split last weekend, defeating Iowa on Friday in five games, 8-15, 15-10, 6-15, 15-12, 15-12, then falling to Minnesota, 9-15, 10-15, 8-15. Jessica Holloway is averaging 3.8 kills per game for Northwestern. Leading in assists at 12.5 per game is Liz Renius while Carmen Burbach tallies 2.8 digs per game.
Michigan State leads the series over Michigan, 34-19-1. In their last meeting on Nov. 2, 1996, the Spartans were victorious, 3-0. Northwestern leads the series over MSU 25-8, however, Michigan State has won the last five matches between the teams. In their last meeting on Oct. 30, 1996, MSU came away with a 3-0 victory.
MICHIGAN STATE VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS No. 25 ILLINOIS
Michigan State defeated No. 25 Illinois 15-5, 13-15, 15-13, 15-12 in front of 1,053 fans on Sunday evening in Jenison Field House. Michigan State came out strong in game one, winning 15-10. Illinois showed its resilience in game two, coming back from a 3-9 deficit to win 15-13. After a see-saw battle in game three, MSU came back to win by the same score, 15-13. Illinois continued the battle of side-outs, tying the score nearly every other point. Michigan State pulled out the victory 15-12. Four players hit double figures in kills for the Spartans. Jenna Wrobel had 22 kills, Veronica Morales 21, Lindsey Clayton had a career-high 17 and Christie Landry totaled 14. Freshman Sarah Gustin tied the all-time mark for blocks in a match with 12 (2-10), also a career high. She also set career bests in digs, assists, kills and attempts. Freshman setter Vicki Basil tallied a career high 66 assists to aid in the victory.
MSU FALLS TO WISCONSIN IN BIG TEN OPENER
The Spartans opened their Big Ten season with a disappointing loss to the 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 15-10, 4-15, 17-19, 3-15, in Jenison Field House on Friday night. The loss brought an end to a 20-match home Big Ten match winning streak. The Spartans last lost a conference match on Nov. 26, 1994, to Wisconsin. Junior Jenna Wrobel led the Spartans with 20 kills, 11 digs and five blocks. Senior Veronica Morales set Michigan States all-time kills mark with 1,682 career kills.
MORALES NEW ALL-TIME KILL LEADER
Senior Veronica Morales earned kill No. 1,670 in game two of MSU's match vs. Wisconsin to break the Michigan State record for all-time career kills. The previous record of 1,669 kills was held by Becky Belanger. Morales finished the match with 17 kills for a career total of 1,682.
Freshman Sarah Gustin is not playing like a rookie. Instead, she is burning up the MSU record books for blocking. On Sept. 28, Gustin tied the MSU all-time record for most blocks in a match with her 2-10 effort in the Spartans win over Illinois. Gustin had already tallied 11 kills in a match twice this season.
CLAYTON KILLS CAREER HIGH
Senior Lindsey Clayton scored 17 kills in MSUs win over Illinois on Sept. 28, besting her previous high of 13 against USC on Aug. 30.
Four different Spartans bettered 12 career records in MSU's win over Illinois on Sept. 28. Lindsey Clayton set a career high in kills (13), Vicki Basil got 66 assists, Christie Landry had five assists, one block solo, seven block assists and eight total blocks. Sarah Gustin practically rewrote her entire chart, putting up or tying numbers for kills (7), attempts (16), assists (2), digs (5), block assists (10) and total blocks (12).
SPARTANS ON TV
**MSU SEASON NOTES **
Four more Michigan State volleyball matches will be televised this season: November 14 at Illinois (ESPN2); Nov. 16 at Wisconsin (SportsChannel); and Nov. 28 vs. Penn State (ESPN2).
MSU VERSUS TOP 25
No. 15 Michigan State has a 1-3 record against ranked opponents this season. MSU lost to then No. 15 Southern California on Aug. 30 and fell to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 12. On Sept. 26, MSU lost to No. 11 Wisconsin. The Spartans victory came against No. 15 Loyola Marymount on Sept. 13. MSU faces No. 25 Illinois today.
RECORDS OF NOTE
*With her 14 digs on Friday, Veronica Morales now has 1,225 career saves. Morales needs 21 digs to move into third place. She is 158 attempts away from breaking MSUs all-time mark in that category. Currently Morales is in second place with 4,213 attempts. The record is held by Bekcy Belanger with 4,371.
*Jenna Wrobel is currently fifth on the all-time kills chart with 1,234 career kills. She needs just three kills to move into No.4, currently held by Jill Krumm with 1,236. Wrobel is seventh with 2,960 career attempts. She needs 52 more attempts to move into sixth place.
HOME SWEET HOME?
Michigan States streak of 20-consecutive home wins in Big Ten conference play came to an end on Sept. 26 as the Spartans lost to Wisconsin, 1-3. MSU had last lost a conference home match to, yes, Wisconsin, on Nov. 26, 1994. MSUs loss to USC snapped a 14-match home winning streak for the Spartans. MSU is tough at Jenison Field House where it has posted a mark of 36-4 (.900) since 1995.
After posting a 20-0 mark at home in 1995, the Spartans went 13-2 in the old barn in 96, losing to Texas and Stanford in a season-opening tournament. Overall, the Spartans have posted a 44-16 (.733) record at home since moving to Jenison Field House in 1993.
ERBE EARNS 400TH WIN
Spartan head coach Chuck Erbe won his 400th career match against Duquesne in the Michigan State Invitational, 10-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-5. Erbe, who is in his fifth season at MSU, has a 17-year career mark of 407-171-3. Erbe has guided the Spartans to three-straight NCAA Tournaments and back-to-back Big Ten titles. The 1995 Big Ten and AVCA National Coach of the Year, has a record of 94-50 at MSU.
Erbe, who spent 12 years as the head coach at USC (1976-77/79-88), has guided his teams to postseason appearances in 14 of his 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks. He won four national titles with the Trojans, capturing three AIAW Championships (1976, 1977, 1980) and the first-ever NCAA Championship (1981).
WROBEL: ALL-TOURNAMENT X 4
Jenna Wrobel was named to her fourth all-tournament team at the Kentucky Conferenc Challenge. Wrobel earned MVP honors at the Kentucky Conference Challenge. Previously, Wrobel was named to the all-tournament team at the UC Santa Barbara Bellomo Classic, the Michigan State Invitational and the Goff/MSU Volleyball Classic.