MSU takes top seed to the limit, but falls just short
Teams face off at 10 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Networks
Teams face off at 10 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Networks
Reinig, Fitterer power Spartans to first-round win
MSU makes fourth straight and 17th overall NCAA Tournament
Cathy George and three players reflect on the season so far and talk about returning home for the weekend
SENIOR: (2014): Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner ... Appeared in all 33 matches, and played 101 of 119 possible sets ... Led the Spartans with 1.18 blocks per set, which ranked ninth in the Big Ten ... Also contributed 1.46 kills per set ... Started all four matches at the UAB/Samford Invitational (8/29-30) ... Had three kills, a pair of aces, and a dig against Southeastern Louisiana ... Contributed a career-best eight kills and three blocks in a straight-set win over UAB ... Had four kills on six swings (4-0-6), hitting .667 with one block in limited action against Jacksonville State, a match in which all 16 traveling players got into the game ... Wrapped up the tournament with a three-kill, one-assist, three-ace, three-block performance against Samford as the Spartans clinched the tournament title ... Tied her career best with eight blocks vs. LIU-Brooklyn in the opener of the Spartan Invitational (9/19) ... Had six kills and four blocks, while hitting a season-best .455 (6-1-11) in a three-set sweep of Western Kentucky (9/19) ... Had six kills, a pair of aces, and six blocks - two solo - in the Spartan Invitational sweep of Milwaukee (9/20) ... Contributed three kills and five blocks in the Big Ten opener at Indiana (9/26) ... Matched her career high with eight blocks against Michigan (9/30) ... Recorded five kills and a pair of blocks against Nebraska (10/10) ... Had four kills and two blocks, including one solo, in a sweep of Iowa (10/11) ... Had three blocks, two kills, and a dig against Maryland (10/17) ... Five kills, three aces, and pair of digs in the Spartan sweep of Rutgers (10/18) ... Tied her career best with eight blocks against Ohio State (10/24) ... Tied for the team lead with seven kills, hit a career-best .462, and had a match-best six blocks at Penn State (10/25) ... Had a career-high 21 swings against Illinois, (10/31), compiling six kills and adding three blocks along with a pair of digs and an ace ... Set career bests in kills (11) and hitting percentage (.529), while serving up a pair of aces and recording five blocks in a sweep of Northwestern (11/1) ... Posted five kills and four blocks in a four-setter with Minnesota (11/7) ... Had six kills, a match-best four blocks, and a pair of aces against Wisconsin, hitting .308 (11/9) ... Shared the match high of five blocks and also had seven kills and a dig at Nebraska (11/12) ... Collected six blocks along with seven kills and an ace in a 3-0 sweep of Indiana at home (11/15) ... Posted five kills, an assist, and a pair of blocks in an important win at Northwestern (11/19) ... Had four kills and three blocks against Rutgers (11/22) ... Celebrated senior night with five kills and three blocks in a sweep of No. 19 Purdue in the final home game of the season (11/26) ... Contributed four kills and four blocks in the regular- season finale at Iowa (11/28) ... Had five blocks along with four kills in a first-round NCAA Tournament win over Loyola-Marymount (12/5) ... Had five kills, five digs and two blocks in the season’s final match against No. 1 Stanford in the NCAA Tournament (12/6).
JUNIOR (2013): Appeared in 22 matches ... Averaged 0.81 kills and 0.57 blocks per set ... Also contributed 0.27 digs per set and eight service aces ... Had three aces, three blocks, and four kills in the first match of the Hokie Invitational vs. St. Francis (8/30) ... Four kills and a season-best four service aces against Pacific (8/31) ... Three blocks and three kills in a rally from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Virginia Tech (8/31) .... Four blocks and two kills in a straight-set win over IPFW (9/13) ... Had three kills, a dig, and two blocks in a four-set victory over Duquesne at the Spartan Invitational (9/21) ... Two blocks in MSU's win over Nebraska at home (10/12) ... Had a pair of kills, an assist, and two digs in a win over Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (12/8).
SOPHOMORE (2012): Academic All-Big Ten ... Started in 32 of 35 matches played ... Second on the team in blocks with 99 and averaged 0.78 per set ... Had seven kills on 12 attacks against McNeese State (8/24) ... Had five blocks in a win over Connecticut (9/1) ... Notched five kills on seven attacks in a win over Albany (9/8) ... Had six digs and five blocks against Purdue (9/21) ... Had a career-high 10 kills on just 12 attempts at Minnesota (10/6) ... Recorded seven kills and four blocks against Purdue (10/27) ... Had six kills on eight attempts against Wisconsin (11/10) ... Hit a .875 clip (7-0-8) at Northwestern (11/17) ... Recorded 16 kills in three NCAA Tournament matches.
FRESHMAN (2011): Started in 17 of the 22 matches that she appeared in ... Recorded five total blocks and five kills in a 3-1 win over Michigan (10/19) ... Notched five kills and eight total blocks against Ohio State (10/22) ... Had her best offensive game in a 3-0 win over Indiana (10/26) with seven kills and four service aces and also chipped in four blocks ... Recorded six kills and eight total blocks in a 3-1 win at Wisconsin (11/12) ... Tied her season high with eight total blocks in a 3-2 win against Northwestern (11/19) ... Had four kills and three total blocks in a 3-1 NCAA Tournament win over Arizona (12/2).
CLUB: Coached by former Spartan All-American Dana Cooke as a member of Element Volleyball ... Won the Ontario Provincial Championships, earning Provincial All-Star honors.
PERSONAL: Born December 14, 1993 .... Daughter of Lisa Shulga ... Has three brothers, Noah, Julian, and Darian ... Majoring in psychology.