Spartans celebrate 2015 season
AVCA Regional Honors Announced
Fitterer, Toliver lead four Spartans in double figures
Bailey, Minarick Post Double-Doubles
Spartans also play Little Rock, IUPUI
Coach George and Sophomores Allyssah Fitterer and Chloe Reinig talk maintaining momentum and heading into Big Ten play
Thoughts from Head Coach Cathy George, Sophomore Chloe Reninig and Sophomore Allyssah Fitterer, along with video of Lauren Wicinski's banner unveiling
The Spartans advanced past the first round on the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State improved to 2-0 by defeating host UAB on Friday night.
Images of the 2014 Green & White Game, held at Jenison Field House on Aug. 23, 2014
MSU 0, Penn State 3
2014, 2015 Honorable Mention AVCA All-North Region
2015 Academic All-Big Ten 2013 NCAA Lexington Regional All-Tournament Team
2014 MSU Most Inspirational Player Award
2013 MSU Most Improved Player Award
2014 UAB/Samford Invitational Most Valuable Player
2014 Spartan Invitational All-Tournament Team
2015 Bluegrass Invitational All-Tournament Team
Junior (2015): AVCA North Region Honorable Mention Selection ... Academic All-Big Ten Honoree ... Ranked 16th in the Big Ten with a .301 hitting percentage, and also contributed 2.49 kills, 0.95 digs, and 0.82 blocks per set ... Also came up with the first two double-double performances of her career ... Posted three consecutive double-digit kill efforts at the Bluegrass Invitational at Kentucky, including her first career double-double against IUPUI (8/29) with 16 kills and 10 digs ... Also posted 15 kills and six blocks vs. the host Wildcats (8/28) and 17 kills and five blocks vs. Little Rock (8/29) ... Named to the Bluegrass Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Extended her streak of double-digit kills to five matches against Butler (10K, 8 D) and Virginia Tech (11 K, 4 Blk, 6 D) at the Spartan Invitational (9/4-5) ... Compiled eight kills against Miami (9/5) ... Had six kills and three blocks against Boston College in the opening match at the Holly Young Invitational at New Hampshire (9/11) ... Contributed a match-high 12 kills and added four blocks in a win over Delaware at UNH (9/12) ... Had seven kills and a dig at North Carolina (9/18) ... Posted eight kills and three blocks and hit .333 at Duke (9/19) ... Hit .333 with seven kills in a 3-0 win over Indiana (9/25), adding three blocks and three digs ... Had six kills and four blocks in a four-setter vs. Purdue (9/26) ... Came off the bench for a spark vs. Michigan, getting a pair of kills and two digs (9/30) ... Posted four kills, a block and a dig in the rematch with the Wolverines in Ann Arbor (10/3) ... Shared the team lead with four blocks and added five kills at No. 4 Nebraska (10/7) ... Posted four kills, two aces, four digs, and three blocks at Iowa (10/10) ... Broke out with 13 kills, hit .500, and tied her career best with eight block assists in a win over Maryland (10/14) ... Hit .750 (6-0-8) in two sets against Rutgers (10/17) ... Tied for the team lead in hitting (.467) with nine kills and a solo block in an upset of No. 6 Ohio State (10/21) ... Posted five kills and a block vs. No. 5 Penn State (10/24) ... Had eight kills, three blocks, and a pair of digs at No. 21 Illinois (10/30) ... Three kills and a solo block at Northwestern (10/31) ... In the Minnesota-Wisconsin weekend,(11/6-8) posted a combined six kills and six blocks (including a match-high four against the Badgers) ... Led MSU with eight blocks (tying her season high) and added 11 kills, hitting .259 in a heartbreaking loss to No. 8 Nebraska (11/11) ... Had back-to- back matches with double-digit kills for the first time in the Big Ten season with 13 kills at Indiana (11/14), hitting .391 with two digs and a block ... Had her third-straight double-digit kill effort with 11 terminations, along with seven digs and three blocks, in a .304 hitting performance vs. Northwestern (11/18) ... Posted a double-double in a sweep at Rutgers (11/21), hitting .500 (10-0-20) with a career-best 11 digs while adding four blocks and an assist ... On the road at No. 14 Purdue (11/25), posted 16 kills, hit .324 with five digs, four blocks, an assist and an ace in a gutty 3-2 win ... Posted seven kills, four blocks, and added five digs in MSU's sweep of Iowa in the B1G finale (11/28) ... Extended her streak of double-digit kills in NCAA Tournament matches to six with 10 kills vs. both No. 24 Arkansas State (with a team-best three blocks and five digs) and No. 1 Washington (with three blocks, seven digs, and an assist) (12/4-5).
SOPHOMORE (2014): Played in all 33 matches, and 117 of a possible 119 sets on the season ... Honorable Mention AVCA All-North Region selection ... Led the team with a .277 hitting percentage, while posting 2.73 kills per set, and adding 0.89 blocks per set and 0.56 digs ... Second on the team with 3.32 points per set ... MVP of the UAB/Samford Invitational (8/29-30) ... Hit .417 and averaged 3.54 kills per set; also had four service aces, 15 digs and nine blocks ... Opened the season hitting .562 vs. Southeastern Louisiana with a career-high six digs to go with 10 kills, two blocks, and an ace (8/29) ... Had 10 kills, an assist, and two blocks vs. UAB ... Tied her career best with three service aces vs. Jacksonville State, also contributing 10 kills, four digs, and two blocks ... Had 16 kills - two off her career best - while hitting .462 (16-4-25) vs. Samford (8/30), contributing three blocks (one solo) and tied her career-high with two assists ... Led all players with 14 kills vs. Duke (9/6), with 12 of her 14 kills coming in the final three sets of a five-set match ... Contributed six kills and three blocks at Oregon (9/12) ... Had 11 kills, five digs, and a pair of blocks in a four-set win at Oregon State (9/13) ... Had 12 kills, six blocks, and three digs in a five-set battle with LIU-Brooklyn (9/19) ... Had 11 kills and five blocks (one solo) later the same day against Western Kentucky (9/19) ... Wrapped up the Spartan Invitational by hitting .381 (11-3-21) and contributing five blocks, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team ... Shared the team lead with 13 kills, and also contributed six blocks and an ace at Indiana (9/26) ... Had 13 kills and six blocks (one solo) in a four-setter at Purdue (9/27), adding four digs and an ace ... Had a streak of six-straight games with double-digit kills snapped at Michigan (9/30) ... Had seven kills, two digs, and five blocks in a home win over Michigan (10/3) ... Contributed 10 kills and four blocks, along with an ace and two digs, in a home loss to Nebraska (10/10) ... Had 10 kills, hit .471, had three aces, three digs and a pair of blocks in a home sweep of Iowa (10/11) ... Had nine kills and three blocks (one solo) in a win over Big Ten newcomer Maryland (10/17) ... Had 10 kills and a pair of blocks in a five-setter at Ohio State (10/24) ... Hit .545 on 11 swings, terminating seven balls and adding three blocks at Penn State (10/25) ... Had eight kills and six blocks in a tough four-set loss to No. 10 Illinois (10/31) ... Had six kills, hitting .357, along with six blocks (two solo) and a pair of digs in a sweep of Northwestern (11/1) ... Tallied 10 kills, hit .421, and had four blocks against Minnesota (11/7) ... Contributed nine kills and a solo block against No. 4 Wisconsin (11/9) ... Had 12 kills and a pair of blocks at Nebraska (11/12) ... Hit a season-best .714 with 10 kills on 14 swings and added three blocks in a sweep of Indiana (11/15) ... Hit .400 at Northwestern (12-2-25), adding a solo block (11/19) ... Led the team with five blocks (one solo) while adding seven kills ... Hit .357 (6-1-14), while adding a pair of blocks in a sweep of No. 19 Purdue in the final home game of the season (11/26) ... Had five kills and three blocks in the regular-season finale at Iowa (11/28) ... Matched her season best with 16 kills and hit .444 (16-4-27) and added three blocks (one solo) in a first-round NCAA win over Loyola-Marymount (12/5) ... Shared the match lead of 15 kills and hit .343 in a four-set battle with No. 1 Stanford in the NCAA second round.
FRESHMAN (2013): Completed an impressive freshman season where she averaged 1.88 kills, 0.74 blocks, and 0.47 digs per set ... Named to the NCAA Lexington Regional All-Tournament Team ... Appeared in all 35 matches for MSU, appearing in 120 of a possible 126 sets - the most of any non-senior, and the sixth-most for any freshman in program history ... Hit .278 on the season, third on the team, while ranking second in blocks, third in points, and fourth in kills ... Recorded 82 blocks assists and 88 total blocks, good for sixth and ninth, respectively, in the MSU freshman record book ... Set a school record for hitting percentage in a four-set match on Nov. 8 at Northwestern, (.786) with 12 kills on 14 swings with just one error ... Hit a team-best .387 in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 3.87 kills, 0.64 digs and 0.45 blocks per set in the post-season ... Opened the season with two kills, and three blocks against St. Francis ... Contributed four kills and three blocks against Towson ... Capped the Hokie Invitational with an eight-block, three-kill, three-dig performance against host Virginia Tech (8/30) ... Eight kills against Illinois State (9/13), with three blocks (two solo) ... Opened the Spartan Invitational with a six-kill performance against Eastern Michigan ... Had a career-best nine kills in a four-set battle with Duquesne (9/21) , where she also had two assists, two aces, and five blocks ... Had two kills and two blocks (one solo) against Cincinnati (9/21) ... Had eight kills, three blocks, two digs, and an ace in her Big Ten debut, an upset of No. 1 Penn State (9/27) ... Served up three aces, all in the same rotation, and added three digs in a 3-0 sweep of No. 13 and previously-undefeated Ohio State (9/29) ... Turned in a five-kill, three-block, two-assist performance against Northwestern (10/5) ... Hit .462 and had seven kills and two blocks in a win over Iowa (10/11) ... Had 11 kills, hit .500, and also had five blocks in a win over No. 9 Nebraska at Jenison (10/12) ... Five kills, two blocks, a career-high five digs, and an ace at Minnesota (10/17) ... Hit a team-best .444 with 10 kills in a loss to Michigan at home (10/23) ... Had five kills, four blocks, four digs and 22 attempts in a loss to Indiana (10/26) ... Recorded six kills, four digs, two blocks, and two aces in a sweep of Ohio State (11/1) ... Had 10 kills, two blocks, and a dig in a loss to No. 2 Penn State (11/2) ... Hit .786 (12-1-14) in a win at Northwestern (11/8), MSU's single-game high for any player that season and an MSU team record for hitting percentage in a four-set match ... Had a career-best 15 kills on 25 attempts at Illinois, (11/9), hitting .520 and adding five blocks ... Had four kills and two digs at Nebraska (11/15) ... Hit .385, recording eight kills on 13 swings, and added two blocks and a dig in a sweep at Iowa (11/16) ... Had 10 kills, an ace, and four blocks in a loss to Wisconsin (11/22) ... Had 11 kills on a career-high 28 swings, to go with three digs and a block against Minnesota (11/23) ... Had four kills and five blocks, along with three digs, in a three-set win at Michigan (11/27) ... Contributed eight kills, two aces, and four blocks in a five-set heartbreaker at Purdue (11/30) ... Three kills and two blocks with two digs in the NCAA opener vs. Ohio (12/7) ... Had career bests in kills (15) and attempts (30) in MSU's second-round victory over host Kentucky, (12/8), and added three blocks and an ace ... Had a match-high 18 kills, hitting ,441 (18-3-24) setting new personal bests in attempts and kills, in a loss to Penn State in the Sweet 16 (12/13).
CLUB: Played for Canada Defensa Volleyball Club (along with classmate Autumn Bailey), the Canadian National Champions in 2013 ... Coached by Rob Fernley with Defensa ... Named the Most Promising Athlete in 2009-10 ... Won the IMPACT Award and was honored with the Coaches Award.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was an All Star at the Canadian Nationals in 2010 and 2011 ... Led the team to a first place finish at Canadian Nationals as a sophomore ... Recognized on the honor roll in 2009 and 2011.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Leonard Koekkoek and Bonnie Wolters ... Brother, Zach played football at Queen's University ... Also has a sister, Misha ... A creative advertising major.