Sept. 6, 2003
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kim Schram (London, Ontario) and Jenny Rood (Ada, Mich.) led Michigan State volleyball to to 2003 team title at the Carolina Classic as MSU defeated No. 17 North Carolina here Saturday (30-17, 30-28, 30-21). Schram and Rood each had 13 kills in the match. MSU is now 5-0 on the season, while North Carolina moves to 3-1.
"We executed our game plan flawlessly," said head coach Chuck Erbe. " This was excellent play, and I love that we have everyone participating in our offense right now. This was a great team effort and I couldn't be happier or more proud."
Megan Wallin (Sarasota, Fla.) sparked the Spartan offense with four service aces, which ties her career best set at Western Michigan a year ago today. Nikki Colson (Lincoln, Neb.) had a match-high 47 assists. Michelle Kopka (Scarsborough, Ontario) had a "breakout weekend," according to Erbe, as she had 24 kills and hit .510 in the two-match tournament.
In the first game Saturday, Schram and Kopka combined for nine of State's 15 kills, as the Spartans won, 30-17. Kopka hit .667 (4K-0E-6TA). MSU controlled the game, pulling out to a 6-1 lead early and got the win on the basis of .500 hitting (15K-1E-28TA). The Spartans posted three service aces in the game, including two from Emmy Miller (Okemos, Mich.).
In the second game, the Spartans led by as many as nine at 23-14, but let the TarHeels back into the game, as UNC closed to gap to 29-28. Colson set Jenny Rood for the game-winning kill, giving State the win, 30-28. Schram again led MSU with six kills in the game, hitting .333 (6K-1E-15TA). Wallin had two service aces in the game, to go along with two block assists.
On the basis of an Emmy Miller serving run, State built a six-point lead to start the third game, 5-0. UNC came back to tie the game at 11 before MSU again built an eight-point lead at 20-12. Wallin sparked the Spartans' scoring run, as she added two of her four service aces on the day. From then on, MSU held at least an eight-point lead in the game.
The Spartans' 5-0 record marks the third consecutive season they begin the year at 5-0.
Michigan State faces No. 12 Georgia Tech (4-0) Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. (CDT) in the first game of the US Bank/Arby's Classic in Lincoln, Neb.
MICHIGAN STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA 0 1 2 3 UNC 17 28 21 MSU 30 30 30
TEAM ATTACK PER GAME UNC K E TA Pct. 1 13 8 39 .128 2 19 5 45 .311 3 14 7 49 .143 TOTAL 46 20 133 .195
MSU K E TA Pct. 1 15 1 28 .500 2 18 6 44 .273 3 18 4 44 .318 TOTAL 51 11 116 .345 \