Sept. 1, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Michigan State volleyball broke the school record for fewest points allowed in a three-set match, giving up just 35 in a 3-0 win over Dartmouth in their second match at the UConn Classic. The previous record of 39 was set this season against McNeese State at the Spartan Showcase on Aug. 24. MSU won by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-9.
The Spartans got off to a fast start in the first set and were behind in set two, 12-7 before junior Lauren Wicinski had three straight kills and forced a Dartmouth timeout. Michigan State hit .442 percent in the match and had 42 kills with only four errors.
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-1 lead over Dartmouth in the first set of the match. Taylor Galloway recorded a kill and a block for MSU, pushing the lead to 18-7 and forcing Dartmouth to call their first timeout. Junior Lauren Wicinski ended the set with a huge kill in the middle; her fifth of the set, giving MSU the 25-9 win.
Michigan State was tested in set two and trailed 12-7 in the game, their largest deficit of the match. A kill by Kelsey Kuipers and an ace from Wicinski put the Spartans on top, 16-13. Maggie Halloran added a pair of kills in the set and Amy Dentlinger finished it with a kill in the middle. MSU took the second set, 25-17, and went up 2-0.
MSU played a strong third set and won 25-9, improving their record to 5-0 on the season. Kristen Kelsay had a perfectly placed pass to Amy Dentlinger for the kill, giving the Spartans a 9-7 lead in the midst of an 8-0 run for the Spartans. Freshman Hadley Orr had two kills in the set and Kori Moster added an ace. The Spartans had 14 kills in set three and hit .542 percent.
Wicinski recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs in the match. Amy Dentlinger recorded seven kills and Alexis Mathews had six kills and also notched four blocks for MSU. Kelsay had 21 assists and Moster had 14 digs in the 3-0 win.
Michigan State is back in action tonight at 7:30 p.m. when it faces host UConn at the University of Connecticut Classic.