Spartans Fall in Straight Sets to Pacific
Aug 31, 2013
Blacksburg, Va. - Michigan State fell to 2-1 on the season with a straight-set loss to Pacific (21-25, 17-25, 23-25) at the Hokie Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
MSU had not lost a three-set decision to a non-conference team since Sept. 4, 2010 when it fell to USC. MSU's streak of 18 consecutive non-conference victories, dating back to the 2011 season, also came to an end.
Senior Lauren Wicinski and freshman Autumn Christenson paced the Spartans with eight kills each, while Alexis Mathews recorded six. Kori Moster had 15 digs, and Kristen Kelsay finished with 24 assists. MSU hit .102 as a team, committing 23 errors while recording 32 kills.
White opened the first set with consecutive service aces, but Pacific reeled off the next five points to take an early lead. The teams were tied seven times and changed leads three times in the opening set, and MSU struggled as it hit just .143, with 11 kills to go along with seven errors.
Pacific did a nice job at the net in the second set, putting up eight blocks and hitting .480, as the Spartans committed seven more errors and hit just .038 in the middle game. The Tigers closed the set with a 15-8 run, pushing their lead to as many as 10 points at 22-12 before sealing the second-set victory at 25-17.
The third set was tight throughout, with Pacific taking its biggest lead of the set at 20-17; Spartans battled back to tie it at 22 and 23, but the Tigers closed it out to take the 3-0 victory. Pacific had 10 of its 24 blocks in that final set, and had three players record eight kills total on the day.
The Spartans wrap up the Hokie Invitational at 7 p.m. on Saturday when they take on tournament host Virginia Tech.
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