Sept. 22, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 25 Michigan State volleyball (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) took down Indiana (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten), 3-0 at Jenison Field House. The Spartans won in straight sets by scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-17. Kristen Kelsay notched her second double-double of the season and the eighth of her career with 20 assists and 12 digs. Junior Lauren Wicinski led all players with 14 kills on the night.
"I thought our team came out relaxed tonight and there was kind of an intensity about them," head coach Cathy George said. "It was real focused and it was relaxed. I liked the way I saw them warm up, I knew that they were coming out to get something done and you could just see it in their mentality."
Michigan State came out strong in the first set, and went on a 7-0 run to go up 20-13 in the frame. Jazmine White and Taylor Galloway each had two kills throughout the run. Indiana used its second timeout to stall the Spartans. The Hoosiers trailed 24-16 and went on a 5-0 to fend off set point for the Spartans. Michigan State used a timeout and Wicinski ended the set with her fourth kill of the night.
The Spartans trailed 10-7 in set two before going on a 5-0 run to regain control. Alexis Mathews had a pair of kills during the run and Indiana called timeout. The Hoosiers made it close and trailed 17-15 but MSU went on another run and Galloway sealed the set with a solo block, giving Michigan State a 25-17 win.
In the third set, MSU jumped out to a 6-2 lead but Indiana closed the gap to make it 7-6. Galloway had two big kills and MSU went on a 5-0 run to take a commanding 18-10 lead. Mathews came away with a solo block in the middle to take a 24-17 lead and an Indiana service error was the deciding point.
Freshman Halle Peterson finished with 18 assists on the night and sophomore Kori Moster had 16 digs to go along with two service aces. Mathews finished with nine kills and four blocks for Michigan State.
The Spartans begin a streak of four road contests when they travel to Nebraska on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to face the Cornhuskers. The match is set for 8 p.m. and will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.