Sept. 14, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Michigan State volleyball defeated Presbyterian, 3-0, in its first match at the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament. The Spartans (10-0) won in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21 and 26-16 to remain undefeated on the season.
Michigan State struggled offensively, hitting only .245 percent in the match, but were able to hold the Blue Hose to a hitting percentage of just .090.
"I don't think that we stayed as sharp as we needed to throughout the match," head coach Cathy George said. "In game two we started slow and they went on a huge run and we had to play catch up. We came back in that game, and I was happy about that and we cleaned things up in game three. Overall, it was not one of our better performances and we will need to kick in into gear tomorrow."
Amy Dentlinger, Taylor Galloway and Alexis Mathews each notched three kills in the first set, a 25-15 win for the Spartans. MSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead and Presbyterian called its first timeout trailing 6-1. Galloway came away with a kill set up by Halle Peterson, pushing the lead to 19-13, forcing another Presbyterian timeout. Kristen Kelsay had eight assists in the set and Kori Moster added six digs for Michigan State.
The Spartans fought off Presbyterian in set two, winning 25-21, and had to come from behind to take the game. The Blue Hose went on a 5-0 run to go up, 7-6, in set two and took a 15-13 lead midway through the set.
Dentlinger turned the tide for MSU and strung together three consecutive kills and put MSU in front, 20-19. Lauren Wicinski followed that with a service ace and forced a Blue Hose timeout. Jazmine White added two kills late to finish off the set. One of White's kills were the result of a dig by a diving Kori Moster, who lead all players with 23 digs on the night.
Michigan State closed the match out with a 25-16 win in set three. Mathews pounded down her eighth kill of the match after a pass from Kristen Kelsay, to take a 13-9 lead in the set. Kelsey Kuipers ended the match with a kill from the right side after Halle Peterson's 14th assist on the night.
Amy Dentlinger led the Spartans with nine kills and Kelsay had a team-best 21 assists in the match. Moster led all players with 23 digs and two service aces and Mathews notched four blocks.
Michigan State is back in action tomorrow and will face Georgetown at 10 a.m., in its second match of the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament. MSU will also face the College of Charleston tomorrow at 7 p.m.