Aug. 31, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Michigan State volleyball defeated Fairfield, 3-0, in their first match at the University of Connecticut Classic on Friday, Aug. 31. MSU won in straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-22. The Spartans were on top the entire night and never trailed in the match. Taylor Galloway led Michigan State with 10 kills, besting her career high.
A back and forth set ensued and the Stags evened the score at six before Michigan State was able to garner control in the game. Sophomore Taylor Galloway had a perfectly placed kill, followed by a block assist along with Alexis Mathews, putting MSU up 16-12. Fairfield called a timeout with MSU leading, 18-13, but it wasn't enough to hold off Michigan State. The Spartans took the first set, 25-15, after a huge kill from junior Alexis Mathews, her third in the set in as many attempts.
Michigan State stayed on top in set two, taking the game 25-13. The Spartans responded with kills from Alexis Mathews and Taylor Galloway after a Fairfield timeout and added a service ace from Kori Moster to go up 19-12, forcing another timeout from the Stags. Moster added another ace late in the set and Michigan State took the game 25-13, going up 2-0 in the match. Fairfield had eight errors in the set, contributing to a negative hitting percentage as a team.
Freshman Maggie Halloran, celebrating her 18th birthday, led MSU in set three with a pair of blocks and a pair of kills. The Spartans took the third and final set, 25-22.
Michigan State is in action again tomorrow and will square off against Dartmouth at 10 a.m. and will face UConn at 7:30 p.m., in day two at the University of Connecticut Classic.