Sept. 26, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. - No. 24 Michigan State (13-2, 1-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 6 Nebraska (10-3, 2-1 Big Ten) in three sets at the Nebraska Coliseum. MSU lost the first two sets by scores of 17-25 and 16-25 and got out to a fast start in the third set but eventually dropped the game, 25-22.
The Spartans hit just .175 percent in the match, while Nebraska notched a .391 hitting percentage. The mark of .175 percent was the lowest hitting percentage for the Spartans this season.
Nebraska came out with a 25-17 win in set one and hit .591 percent in the game. MSU trailed 14-10 before the Huskers went on a 5-0 run to take a 19-10 lead and forced a Spartan timeout. Amy Dentlinger led all players with five kills in the set but it wasn't enough and Nebraska took a 1-0 match lead.
The Huskers jumped out to a 9-3 lead in set two and MSU used its first timeout. The Spartans went down 20-12 and lost set two, 25-16. Michigan State hit just .056 in the set while the Huskers hit .321 percent and went on to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Michigan State took a 5-1 lead in set three and forced an early Nebraska timeout, but a back-and-forth game ensued. Alexis Mathews and Taylor Galloway combined for a block to make it 11-6 in favor of MSU. The Huskers went on a 4-0 run to tie the match at 16 and it was tied again at 20-20 before Nebraska pulled away to take the set, 25-22 and the match 3-0.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 29 when it travels to face Iowa at 8 p.m.