Spartans Celebrate 2016 Season, Hand Out Team Awards
Michigan State Hosts First and Second Round Matches
Spartans earn three All-Big Ten Honorees
MSU rallies from 2-0 deficit
Spartans earn kudos after two- victory week
Michigan State defeated Northwestern 3-0
No. 1 Nebraska edged Michigan State 3-2 on Sept. 24 in East Lansing.
The Spartan volleyball program's intra-squad exhibition match at Jenison Field House.
The Spartan volleyball program celebrated its 2015 season on Sunday at the Kellogg Center.
The Spartans fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the top seed Stanford.
2016 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
2014 AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
2014 First Team AVCA All-North Region
2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team
2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District V
2015, 2016 Academic All-Big Ten
2016 MSU Team Kirkby Scholar-Athlete Award Winner
2015 MSU Team Most Valuable Player
2016 WKU Invitational MVP
2016 Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team
2015 Holly Young Invitational MVP
Big Ten Setter of the Week (Sept. 21, Oct. 17, Nov. 22, 2015; Nov. 14, 2016)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 20, 2014)
2014 | 2015 | 2016
JUNIOR (2016): Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District V Selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Received the Kirkby Scholar-Athlete Award at the annual team banquet ... Led the Spartans and was eighth in the Big Ten with 10.34 assists per set ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten (and third on the team) with 0.33 service aces per set ... Also contributed a .297 hitting percentage and 0.41 blocks per set on the season ... Posted a weekend-best of 49 assists against the host school at the San Diego State Invitational (8/26-27), adding six digs, two blocks, and two kills ... Had 29 assists in the season opener vs. Denver in San Diego ... Posted 20 assists and five digs in parts of two sets vs. Morgan State in the Spartan Invitational opener (9/3), then had 33 assists and eight digs in a sweep of Central Michigan in the nightcap ... Recorded 27 assists vs. No. 7 Florida (9/4) ... Had 31 assists, two aces, and three digs vs. Cincinnati (9/9) ... Posted 25 assists, three kills, and seven digs in a three-set win over Southern Illinois (9/10) ... Credited with her first double-double of the season with 46 assists, 12 digs, six kills, two blocks, and an ace in a win over No. 23 Western Kentucky, cementing Tournament MVP honors ... Had 33 assists, seven digs, an ace, and shared the team high with two blocks vs. Notre Dame (9/16) to open the Spartan Classic ... Played the first two sets vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, compiling 21 assists, two aces, three kills, and three digs and led the Spartans to a .400 hitting percentage ... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Spartan Classic, posting 28 assists, three aces, three digs in the finale vs. DePaul (9/17) ... Opened Big Ten play with 31 assists, four kills (4-0-5, .800) three digs, three aces, and a block vs. Iowa (9/23) ... Had her second double-double of the season vs. No. 1 Nebraska (9/24), with 52 assists and 12 digs ... Contributed 21 assists, nine digs, and four kills (4-0-8) in a loss at Penn State (9/30) ... With 38 assists, a match-best 11 digs, and three kills at Rutgers (10/1), posted her third double-double of the season ... Delivered 32 assists and seven digs in a three-set sweep of Ohio State (10/7) ... Just missed a double-double with 44 assists, eight digs, two kills, and three blocks in a win over Maryland (10/8) ... Delivered 25 assists, two aces, four digs and three blocks - including a career-best two solo - at No. 24 Illinois (10/12) ... Posted 54 assists in a home win over No. 3 Minnesota, and added two kills, six digs, and a season-best three blocks ... Posted 33 assists in a home sweep of Rutgers (10/19) ... Contributed 30 assists, six digs, a pair of aces, and three kills in a loss at No. 19 Ohio State (10/22) ... Tallied 25 assists, six digs, a block, and a pair of kills in a win at Indiana (10/28) ... Recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 38 assists, 11 digs, a solo block, two kills, and an ace in a road win at Purdue (10/29) ... Had 37 assists, two aces, five digs, and four blocks in a home win over Northwestern (11/4) ... Posted 31 assists, eight digs, two blocks, and four kills along with a pair of aces vs. Illinois (11/5) ... Led MSU with 39 assists, two kills, eight digs, three aces, and two blocks in a win over Purdue (11/9) ... Posted 47 assists and eight digs, along with three blocks and an ace, in MSU's home win over Michigan (11/12) ... Tied her career best of 55 assists and added 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season at No. 2 Minnesota (11/18) ... Posted 25 assists, seven digs, four blocks, and three kills in a loss at No. 3 Wisconsin (11/19) ... Delivered 44 assists, three blocks, and eight digs in a win at Iowa (11/26) ... Dished out 32 assists along with four digs and a pair of service aces and two kills in a first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Fairfield (12/2) ... Had 53 assists, seven digs, three kills, and a pair of blocks in MSU's second-round five-set setback to Arizona (12/3) ...
SOPHOMORE (2015): (2015): Earned MVP honors at the team's end-of-season banquet ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Ranked 11th in the Big Ten in assists per set (9.08), ninth in total assists (1,083) and third in service aces per set (0.32), while also contributing a .236 hitting percentage, 2.28 digs, 0.50 blocks and 0.93 kills per set ... Also amassed 11 double-doubles on the season while compiling an MSU-record three Big Ten Setter of the Week awards ... Posted 48 assists and 12 digs in the season opener at Kentucky (8/28), adding three blocks and three kills ... Had 45 assists in each of the final two games at the Bluegrass Invtiational (8/29), posting 10 digs for a double-double vs. Little Rock and adding a season-best four blocks and five kills vs. IUPUI ... Just missed a third-straight double-double with 45 assists and eight digs vs. Butler in a five-set win (9/4) ... Six kills, seven digs, and 30 assists vs. Virginia Tech (9/4) and 22 assists and seven digs vs. Miami in the final two games of the Spartan Invitational ... MVP of the Holly Young Invitational at New Hampshire (9/11-12) as MSU moved into a 6-2 offense to help utilize her versatility. Had five kills, 15 assists, five digs and two blocks along with a pair of aces in the opener vs. Boston College (9/11) ... Recorded 17 assists, hit .400 (6-0-15), and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season vs. New Hampshire (9/12) ... Finished the tournament at UNH with 24 assists, six digs, and four kills against Delaware (9/5) ... Posted MSU's 11th triple-double in school history (and first since 2006) with 25 assists, 10 digs, and a career-best 11 kills, while adding a career-high four aces and two blocks in a four-set win at North Carolina (9/17) ... Led MSU with four blocks, 26 assists and three kills in a sweep of Duke (9/19) ... Earned Big Ten Setter of the Week honors (9/21) for the first time in her career after the UNC/Duke weekend ... Recorded 15 assists, three kills, six digs, and a pair of blocks in a sweep of Indiana (9/25), MSU's sixth straight victory ... Posted 32 assists and six digs in a four-setter with Purdue (9/26) ... Had 27 assists, hit .625 (5-0-9) and had eight digs in a three-set sweep of Michigan at Jenison (9/30) ... Recorded 27 assists, six kills (hitting .294), seven digs, and two blocks (one solo) vs. Michigan (10/3) ... Contributed 40 assists and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, and also had four kills and two blocks at No. 4 Nebraska (10/7) ... At Iowa (10/10), had 32 assists, eight digs, three kills, and a pair of blocks ... Credited with 46 assists, nine digs, a season-best four blocks, and added three kills and an ace in a home win over Maryland (Oct. 14) ... Recorded her sixth double-double of the season vs. Rutgers (10/17), with 30 assists, a match-best 12 digs, four blocks (one solo), and three kills on four swings. Her digs and blocks both tied her season bests ... Earned her second Big Ten Setter of the Week honor after her performance vs. Maryland and Rutgers (10/18) ... Totalled 31 assists, two aces, four kills, and four digs as the Spartans upset of No. 6 Ohio State (10/21) ... Seventh double-double of the season with 29 assists and 10 digs vs. No. 5 Penn State (10/24) ... Eighth double-double of the season at No. 21 Illinois (40A, 10D) (10/30) ... 41 assists, nine digs, six kills, and a pair of blocks at Northwestern (10/31) ... In a loss at No. 4 Minnesota (11/6), had 29 assists with four digs and two each kills, aces, and blocks ... Had her ninth double-double of the year vs. Nebraska (11/11), with 30 assists, 14 digs, three service aces, and a pair of blocks ... Posted 31 assists, six digs, and two each kills, blocks, and aces at Indiana (11/14) ... Compiled her 10th double-double vs. Northwestern (11/18) with 45 asssts, a season-best 15 digs, two blocks, an ace, and a kill ... Posted her third double-double in her last four games and 11th of the season with 44 assists and 13 digs in a sweep at Rutgers (11/21), while also adding three kills and a block ... Earned her third Big Ten Setter of the Week award after her performance vs. Northwestern and Rutgers ... Tied her season high with 48 assists, and added five kills, three aces, six digs, and three blocks at No. 14 Purdue (11/25) ... Finished the regular season with 31 assists, three aces, two kills and two blocks in addition to seven digs against Iowa (11/28) ... Had 32 assists, an ace, and seven digs in a first-round NCAA win over No. 24 Arkansas State (12/4) ... Had 41 assists, eight digs, and two each kills and aces in a loss to No. 1 Washington in the NCAA second round.
FRESHMAN: (2014): AVCA Honorable Mention All-America ... First team AVCA All-North Region ... Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Fifth in the Big Ten with 10.24 assists per set, and first among B1G freshmen ... Her 10.24 assists is fifth-best for a freshman all-time at MSU, as is her 1,157 total assists ... Also averaged 1.16 kills per set, hit .384, with 1.95 digs and 0.58 blocks per frame ... Led the Spartans with six double-doubles on the season ... Made her collegiate debut vs. Southeastern Louisiana (8/29), recording four digs, 23 assists, and a pair of kills on three swings in two sets ... Recorded 37 assists and six digs against UAB (8/29), hitting .667 (5-2-6) and adding a pair of blocks ... Contributed 28 assists and a team-best 12 digs in a three-set sweep of Jacksonville State (8/30) ... Wrapped up the UAB/Samford Invitational with a 35-assist, eight-dig, three-block, two-kill performance, including a solo block, against Samford (8/30) ... Had 21 assists and four kills in a straight-set loss to No. 20 North Carolina (9/5) ... Had 42 assists, a career best, to go with four kills, an ace, and five blocks in a five-set loss to No. 19 Duke (9/6) ... Hit a team-best .462 (6-0-13) with 14 assists and 13 digs at Oregon (9/12) ... Had 55 assists and 19 digs for her second straight double-double as MSU knocked off previously-unbeaten Oregon State (9/13) ... Missed the LIU-Brooklyn match with injury (9/13) ... Had 34 assists, four kills, seven digs, and three blocks when she returned to the lineup against Western Kentucky (9/19) ... Had 29 assists, while hitting .625 (5-0-8) in the Spartan Invitational finale vs. Milwaukee (9/20) ... Had 38 assists in her Big Ten debut, a four-set win at Indiana (9/26), where she also chipped in three kills, three aces, three digs, and three blocks ... Had 42 assists at Purdue in a four-setter (9/27), while adding four blocks and three kills, along with nine digs to just miss a double-double ... Recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 43 assists, four kills, and 11 digs at Michigan (9/30) ... Had 44 assists, seven kills, four digs, and a block in a home win over Michigan (10/3), and two of her three service aces were the final two points of the deciding fourth set ... Had her fifth double-double of the season against Nebraska (10/10), with 41 assists and 13 digs against the Huskers ... Hit .714 (5-0-7) while putting up 39 assists and three aces in a home sweep of Iowa (10/11) ... Netted 33 assists in a win at Maryland, (10/17), and also had five digs and five kills ... In MSU's first-ever game at Rutgers (10/18), had 33 assists, three kills, and six digs ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 20) for her performance against the Terps and Scarlet Knights ... Set career bests in kills (nine) and blocks (seven), along with 34 assists and 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season ... Contributed 29 assists and three kills at Penn State (10/25) ... Had 38 assists, six kills, six digs, and five blocks in a four-set loss to Illinois (10/31) ... Had 34 assists, five kills (hitting .714), along with three digs, a pair of aces, and two blocks in a sweep of Northwestern (11/1) ... Had 41 assists, seven digs, a pair of blocks and six kills in a four-setter with Minnesota (11/7) ... Had 36 assists and five digs against No. 4 Wisconsin (11/9) ... Had 44 assists, eight digs, a block, and five kills on a season-high 18 attempts at Nebraska (11/12) ... Had 29 assists, three kills, an ace, and a pair of blocks against Indiana (11/15) ... Compiled 40 assists, six kills, eight digs, and three blocks in a win at Northwestern (11/19) ... Had 35 assists while hitting .875 (7-0-8) against Rutgers (11/22) ... Compiled 35 assists, five digs, three kills, and three blocks in a sweep of No. 19 Purdue in the final home game of the season (11/26) ... In the regular-season finale at Iowa (11/28), had 31 assists, hit ..455 with five kills, and added a pair of digs and five blocks ... Recorded 48 assists, three kills, five digs and five blocks (one solo) in a first-round NCAA win over Loyola-Marymount (12/5) ... Had 52 assists, three off her season best, in the season finale at Stanford, with eight digs and an ace (12/6).
CLUB: Played for Sports Performance and coach Rick Butler ... AAU National Champions in 18-Open Division and named AAU All-American and tournament MVP... Program Captain for Sports Performance in 2014 ... First-place finish at the JVA World Challenge ... First place finish at the National Junior Classic and named tournament MVP ... 18 Elite team ranked #1 in nation by PrepVolleyball.com ... PrepVolleyball.com 2014 Club All-American ... Named to 2013 and 2014 JVA All-National Team ... 17 Mizuno Team Captain in 2013 ... Finished third and earned All-Tournament Team honors at the National Junior Classic ... Finished ninth at AAU Junior Nationals ... Helped the 18 Elite Team to a first-place finish at the JVA World Challenge ... Team Captain for the 16 Elite team which finished third at the JVA World Challenge, fourth at the National Junior Classic playing up in the 17-Open division, and fifth at AAU Junior Nationals ... 2012 AAU All-American ... In 2011, finished third at the JVA World Challenge and the National Junior Classic, and ninth at AAU Junior Nationals in the 15-Open Division.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated No. 22 among 2014 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces ... PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American and Academic All-American ... MaxPreps Second Team All-American ... 2013 Volleyball Magazine "30 Underclassmen to Watch" and 2014 "Girls Fab 50" lists ... PrepVolleyball.com Soph 79 Elite Honorable Mention and Top 50 Juniors ... A four-year varsity starter and two-year captain at Waubonsie Valley ... Won conference championships as a freshman and sophomore and regional championships as a freshman and senior ... Academic All-Conference and All-Conference pick as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... Naperville Sun All-Area selection her final three years, and was the paper's selection as Player of the Year as a senior ... Daily Herald All-Area in 2011, 2012, and All-Area Team Captain in 2013 ... Beacon News All-Area as a sophomore and junior and Player of the Year as a senior ... Chicago Sun-Times All-Area First Team in 2013 ... All-State Honorable Mention in 2012 and All-State 1st Team in 2013... Team MVP as a junior and senior and 2014 Waubonsie Valley Female Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: Daughter of John and Deb Minarick ... Has two older brothers, Ben and Zach ... Mother, Deb, was a varsity volleyball player at Nebraska-Omaha in the early 1980's ... Enjoys fitness, reading, and music ... Plans to major in kinesiology and pursue a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.