Sept. 10, 2011
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Michigan State volleyball team (7-1) swept past Canisius, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-21), on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Senior Kyndra Abron led the Spartans for the second straight match with 13 kills while also tallying six blocks.
Michigan State opened the match by obtaining the first two points and never looked back as it pushed its lead to nine at 12-3, forcing Canisius to call its first timeout. The Griffins called its final timeout of the set the very next point as they trailed 12-4. The Spartans responded by pushing their lead to 10 at 16-6 before it became 14 at 23-9. Canisius scored four additional points before the Green and White took set one, 25-13. Sophomore Alexis Mathews led the Green and White with five kills to open the match.
The Spartans wanted to keep their momentum going in set two to take a 2-0 lead into intermission. After dropping the opening point, MSU took a one-point lead at 3-2. Canisius would trade service with the Green and White until the set was tied at seven. The Green and White began to slowly pull away from the Griffins, forcing them into a timeout at 18-10. MSU keep control of the set with Canisius calling its second timeout of the set at 20-13. The Spartans finally closed out set two with a 25-18 win. Abron led the Spartans with four kills during set two.
The Green and White looked to close out the set in three, however ran into trouble as MSU trailed early on, 3-5. After the next four points went in favor of the Spartans, giving them a 7-5 lead, the Griffins tied the set at seven. Canisius kept control of the set, pushing its lead to three at 12-15. MSU responded with a three-point lead for itself to force Canisius into its first timeout of the set with the Spartans leading at 22-19. Michigan State took set two from the Griffins, 25-21. Abron's eight kills led all individuals.
Mathews joined Abron with double-digit kills with her 10. Sophomore Kristen Kelsay dished out a team-best 20 assists, while senior Natalie Emro chipped in 16. Senior Jenilee Rathje netted a career-best three service aces. Defensively, Kori Moster made her debut as the starting libero, and tallied 10 digs. At the net, Mathews posted eight blocks.
MSU closes out action at the Best Western Falcon Invitational tonight (Sept. 10) at 7:30 p.m. against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.