Oct. 5, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - No. 25 Michigan State volleyball defeated Wisconsin, 3-1, at the UW Field House. The Spartans (15-2, 3-2 Big Ten) were led by sophomore Taylor Galloway with 16 kills and 14 digs and junior Lauren Wicinski also had 19 kills, leading all players. MSU won by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 18-25 and 25-23 over Wisconsin (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten).
"We were playing well at times and then we got sloppy," head coach Cathy George said. "We needed to maintain a better level throughout and I think we opened the door for Wisconsin after two games and we gave them a chance. If you can get a road win it just puts you in a better position as the year goes on. They are so tough to come by and it is important that we were resilient enough and were able to persevere."
The decisive fourth set was a fight the entire way, the Spartans took a 10-7 lead and the three point separation would be the most by either team throughout the set. Michigan State fell behind 20-18, forcing an MSU timeout. The Spartans went on a 7-3 stretch to finish the set after kills by Alexis Mathews and Jazmine White gave Michigan State a gutty win.
Michigan State hit just .193 percent in the match and the Badgers had a .182 hitting percentage.
The Spartans got out to a fast start in Madison, taking a 7-1 lead in the first set en route to a 25-22 victory. MSU forced the Badgers to use an early timeout following its run and Wisconsin made it close at 14-13. The Spartans used its first timeout with a 22-21 lead and came back with a kill from Kelsey Kuipers, another by Taylor Galloway and Kristen Kelsay ended the first set with a service ace.
The second set was a back-and-forth affair between both teams and neither team led by more than two points until Michigan State went up 24-21. Amy Dentlinger and Alexis Mathews combined for a block to seal the set for the Spartans, 25-21. Michigan State took a 2-0 lead in the match after both Taylor Galloway and Lauren Wicinski had five kills in the set. The score was tied six times and there were 14 lead changes in the set.
Michigan State and Wisconsin were tied in the third set, 14-14, after another back-and-forth struggle before Wisconsin took set three, 25-18. The Badgers were able to garner control late in the game and went on a 5-0 to take a 24-16 lead, its largest lead of the night.
Kristen Kelsay had 24 assists for the Spartans and Halle Peterson added 21. Libero Kori Moster had 19 digs to go along with seven assists. While Wicinski led MSU in kills with 19 and Galloway had 16 kills and 14 digs.
No. 25 Michigan State is back in action tomorrow at No. 10 Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. ET.