Sep 7, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State improved to 5-1 and won its third straight match with a sweep of visiting Oregon State, 3-0, (25-12, 25-16, 25-17) on Saturday. Combined with it's 3-1 win over Oregon on Friday, MSU swept its Pac-12 rivals on the weekend.
The senior duo of Alexis Mathews (eight kills, six blocks, .583 hitting pct.) and Lauren Wicinski (12 kills, 2 service aces, three digs, .400 hitting pct.) once again led the way, capping big weekends with strong performances. Kristen Kelsay had 19 assists, while junior Ryian Hubbard had her career-best third straight game with double-digit assists (10).
"I'm pretty happy with the weekend on the whole," said head coach Cathy George. "I thought that we continually showed improvement, and we took some momentum from last night's match into today. We worked hard all week to adjust to the changes that we've had to our lineup. I was really happy to see that we kept our intensity and competitive level up all weekend, and I really thought that our team had a strong focus."
Michigan State held commanding leads in the opening set, building to a 15-2 advantage with a mix of aggressive kills, big blocks, and heads-up plays to keep the Beavers off-balance. MSU had an eight-point
The second set was tighter at the outset, with the teams tied at five before a 10-3 run for MSU that was greatly aided by five OSU errors. The Spartans' largest lead in the second set was eight and led 22-14; OSU put two points on the board at that point, but Kristen Kelsay served MSU to the win, iced with an Autumn Christenson block on the right side to close out the set win for MSU.
Both Mathews and Wicinski had three kills in each of the first two sets, paired with double-digit totals for Kristen Kelsay (10 assists) and Kori Moster (10 digs). Mathews added six blocks through the first two sets, and Kelsey Kuipers had four blocks, one solo.
George used her bench more liberally in the third set, and a total of 13 players saw action against the Beavers. MSU had a seven-point lead at 13-6, but five straight errors by the Spartans allowed OSU to climb back into the match and tie the game at 14. MSU went on a 11-3 run to close out the match, and Wicinski aced two consecutive serves to ice the victory.
The Spartans return to action next weekend in Indianapolis at the Butler Invitational, where MSU will take on IPFW, Illinois State (Cathy George's alma mater), and the host Bulldogs.