Spartans Top McNeese State, 3-0, in 2012 Season Opener
Aug. 24, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State volleyball opened the 2012 campaign with a record-setting 3-0 win over McNeese State. The Spartans allowed only 39 points in the match, the fewest points allowed all-time at Michigan State under the 25-point scoring system. The previous record was 43, set last season against North Florida.
"I kind of like that," head coach Cathy George said of setting the record for fewest points allowed. "I know in game two we started to let that go and got sloppy, I don't think we played as sharp. But then we brought that back around in game three and once we cleaned up our blocking, it started to get back into order."
Junior Lauren Wicinski opened her Michigan State playing career with a thrilling first set; notching five aces in a 25-10 win for the Spartans. Six players, including Wicinski, scored a kill in the first set and Michigan State had a .727 attack percentage.
"I thought our team played exceptionally well in game one," George said. "I was glad to see the depth in our program and how they were able to play for us."
Lauren Wicinski finished with 17 kills on 23 attacks and Alexis Mathews had 10 kills on 14 attacks in the first match of the season. Kori Moster led the way defensively for MSU and had 10 digs in the match, while Kristen Kelsay recorded 33 assists. As a team, Michigan State had a .547 attack percentage on the night.
The Spartans are back in action Saturday, Aug. 25, at 12 p.m. against Youngstown State. MSU will play at 7:30 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky at Jenison Field House.
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Action commences tomorrow at 10 a.m. with Eastern Kentucky taking on McNeese State at Jenison Field House.
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