Spartans Suffer First Loss Of Season
Sept. 9, 2005
The Spartan volleyball team (5-1) faced host Kansas (7-1) in the nightcap of the Pizza Hut Jayhawk Invitational tonight, suffering its first loss of the season (30-24, 30-23, 32-30). Leading the way for MSU was Katie Johnson with 20 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Ashley Schatzle chipped in nine kills and two digs in the loss.
The first game went to the home team, as the Jayhawks out-hit the Spartans .382 to .257 taking the 30-24 opening-set victory. Although sophomore outside hitter Johnson pounded eight kills, hitting .500 for the game, the MSU offense never gained momentum. Setter Mickey Davis managed 16 assists during the opening-set, while libero Nicole Colaluca tallied a game-high six digs defensively for the Spartans. KU tallied three aces in the win, while MSU struggled with two errors in the game-one loss.
MSU took the court at the start of game two trailing for the first time in the 2005 season. Looking for an offensive surge to even the match, MSU battled tough, but was unable to capitalize on four service errors by KU falling 30-23 during the second-set. A solid effort by the Jayhawk defense, 4.0 total blocks at the net, held the Spartan offense to just a .156 hitting percentage with 17 kills for the game. MSU committed three errors for the game, with 2.5 blocks including one block solo by sophomore outside hitter Jessica Hohl. Johnson added six kills in the second set while Colaluca tallied five digs defensively.
MSU set the tone at the beginning of the third game as Brooke Langston and Megan Wallin combined for a block assist sending the momentum the Spartan way. Down 12-10, MSU took its first timeout of game three looking to halt four straight points by the Jayhawk front court. The Spartans answered by taking a 20-16 lead, however four consecutive points by the home team tied game three at the 20-20 mark. A towering block assist by Johnson and Hohl gave MSU the slight 22-20 advantage, however a KU rally proved too strong as the Jayhawks captured the 32-30 game three and match victory.
Davis finished the contest with 40 assists, while Johnson tallied a game-high 20 kills and four digs in the loss. Wallin and Hohl chipped in four and five kills, respectively, while defensively, Colaluca finished the contest with 19 digs.
MSU concludes action at the Pizza Hut Jayhawk Invitational tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. (CST) when it faces VCU in the non-conference match-up.
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