Oct. 6, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - No. 25 Michigan State volleyball fell to No. 10 Minnesota, 3-2, in a five-set thriller. The Spartans (15-3, 3-3 Big Ten) went up 2-1 on the Gophers (14-3, 5-1 Big Ten) before dropping the next two sets, 23-25 and 8-15. Sophomore Jazmine White 10 kills and hit .750 percent and also added five service aces, a career high. Katherine Harms of Minnesota led all players with 23 kills in the match.
"We were just a few points away here and there," head coach Cathy George said. "I didn't think that we played as well as we should have in the fourth set when we had opportunities to close it out."
MSU lost the fifth and final set, 15-8 and hit just .118 in the set while the Gophers managed a .467 mark. Minnesota jumped out to 10-5 lead after a 5-0 run forced a MSU timeout. MSU cut the lead to 11-7 after a Taylor Galloway kill and a block from Galloway and Alexis Mathews but in the end it wasn't enough for MSU.
Amy Dentlinger had 12 kills and just one error on 24 attempts on the night. Freshman Halle Peterson led MSU with 22 assists and Kristen Kelsay added 17. Defensively, Kori Moster had 14 digs and Alexis Mathews had a career high 11 block assists.
The Spartans came out strong against the Gophers and took the first set, 25-22. MSU was able to take a 13-10 lead after the match was previously tied at 10 and a service ace from Kristen Kelsay forced a Minnesota timeout. The Spartans went on a 5-0 run capped off with a block from Taylor Galloway and Alexis Mathews. Amy Dentlinger added her fourth kill of the set; giving MSU a 24-22 lead and an error from Minnesota gave MSU a 1-0 match lead.
Minnesota came back to take set two, 25-15 and even the match at 1-1. The Spartans fell behind 12-7 after a 5-point run for the Golden Gophers, forcing a MSU timeout. Michigan State hit just .034 percent in the game, while Minnesota hit .458.
Michigan State won a pressure packed third set, 25-23 and the match was tied on five occasions. Trailing 8-6, MSU went on a 4-0 run to take the lead after a block from Taylor Galloway and Alexis Mathews. Michigan State went on a 6-0 run and Jazmine White notched her fourth service ace of the set, giving MSU a 23-18 lead. The Golden Gophers used a timeout and then rattled off a 5-0 run of its own to tie the game 23-23. Mathews and Kuipers had consecutive kills for MSU, giving the Spartans a 2-1 match lead.
The fourth set was one of runs and the Spartans trailed 14-11 before going on a 5-0 run, followed by a 4-0 run to take a 20-15 lead. Minnesota used a timeout and went on a five-point run of its own to even the set at 20. It was tied 23-23 before Katherine Harms had her 20th kill of the night and a Gopher block forced a fifth set.
The Spartans return home next weekend when it hosts Northwestern and Illinois on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 at Jenison Field House.