Sept. 21, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 25 Michigan State (12-1, 0-1 Big Ten) volleyball lost to No. 17 Purdue (10-2, 1-0 Big Ten) 3-2, at Jenison Field House on Friday night. The Spartans and the Boilermakers opened conference play with a five-set thriller and MSU lost by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 21-25 and 15-17. Four Spartans finished the night with double-digit kills and Amy Dentlinger and Lauren Wicinski paced the way with 16 each.
"I thought there were ebbs and flows throughout the match, there were moments when we had real courageous plays and battled and we were tough," head coach Cathy George said. "But then we made some blunders at times that really cost us. We needed to stay a little more patient and I thought we were rushing it a bit. We need to slow down, be patient and execute."
After a back-and-forth match the entire night and tied at two games apiece, both teams readied for the fifth and decisive set. The score was knotted at 6-6 before Purdue was able to rattle off a 5-1 run to go up 11-7, forcing an MSU timeout in the middle of the run and one at the end of the run. The Spartans responded with a 6-1 run late in the game to tie the score at 14-14, but it wasn't enough for MSU. A couple of late errors proved too costly and MSU dropped the set, 17-15 and the match 3-2.
Michigan State had four players with double-digit kills in Amy Dentlinger with 16, Taylor Galloway with 12, Lauren Wicinski with 16 and Alexis Mathews added 14. Wicinski also had 10 digs, for her fourth double-double of the season and Galloway had 15 digs, notching her first career double-double. Kristen Kelsay added 33 assists and Kori Moster came away with 24 digs for the Spartans.
Purdue was led by Ariel Turner with 23 kills and 17 digs, and Rachel Davis added 45 assists and 13 digs.
Michigan State and Purdue traded blows in set one but MSU was able to string together a pair of runs to take set one, 25-18. MSU had a 5-0 run to go up 15-13 and then had a 6-0 run late to take the match. Jazmine White and Lauren Wicinski combined for a block to end set one.
Purdue took set two, 25-19 behind four kills from Turner. The Spartans hit just .128 in the set and had eight errors. In set three, neither team led by more than three points and MSU pulled out a 26-24 win. Taylor Galloway had two of the final three kills for Michigan State.
With MSU in the lead, 11-8 in set three, Purdue went on a 8-1 run to take the lead. Michigan State tied it at 19 after Amy Dentlinger recorded two kills but Purdue went on a rally of its own to win 25-21.
Michigan State is in action again tomorrow against Indiana at 8 p.m. at Jenison Field House. Fans that show their football ticket stub from the EMU game get free admission to the match. The match against Indiana will also be available on SpartanSportsNetwork.com.