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Spartans Take 3-1 Win from No. 7 Badgers

Oct. 7, 2017

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No. 14 Michigan State salvaged a split of its third week of Big Ten play, earning a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Wisconsin (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16) at Jenison Field House.

MSU swept the season series from Wisconsin for the first time since. 2012; MSU and the Badgers had met just once in each of the last three seasons. MSU won a 3-2 battle on opening night of 2017 Big Ten play in Madison , snapping a five-game winning streak for Wisconsin in the series.

The Spartans, who fell at No. 4 Nebraska on Wednesday, are now 12-3 overall on the year and 5-1 in Conference play; the Badgers fall to 11-4 and 2-4 in Big Ten action.

Michigan State had a four players record double-digit kills, each one dominating one set and giving the Badgers fits. Autumn Bailey had her fourth double double of the Big Ten season with 16 kills and 13 digs; Holly Toliver tied Bailey with 16 kills and added nine digs, two assists, and an ace. Toliver and Alyssa Garvelink each had a match-high four blocks, while Garvelink had 11 kills on a season-best .667 hitting percentage, and Brooke Kranda had 12 kills, hit .320, and served up six aces.

For the Badgers, Tionna Williams led her squad in bth kills (17) and three blocks, and also hit .696; Lauryn Gillis had 16 kills and a solo blocks, and Kelli Bates had a match-high 14 digs to go with seven kills.

Wisconsin hit .295 on the day, the highest for any opponent against the Spartans this season. However, MSU countered with .348, recovering from a .176 hitting percentage in the opening set to hit better than .400 in both the second and fourth sets, and .371 in the third as it rallied to win three-straight sets after a 22-25 setback in the opening frame.

The Spartans head back out on the road next week for road games at No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers.

"We were all unhappy with our execution in the first set, but I was really pleased with what we did after that. We were more intentional, more purposeful. We were not happy with the way we played on Wednesday at Nebraska, and I think that's a sign of a pretty focused, mature team that we were able to regroup and come together against a good team like Wisconsin. We knew that this was going to be a challenge - we beat them at their place to start Big Ten play, and I'm sure that they were coming here to try to avenge that. It was a strong way for us to rebound and add to our resume with a third win over a top-10 team in three weeks. We will be looking for consistency in our performance, which will be critical as we go on the road again next week at No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers."

- Head Coach Cathy George


  • Alyssa Garvelink had 11 kills and four blocks, hitting .667.
  • Autumn Bailey and Holly Toliver each posted 16 kills. Bailey had the double-double with 13 digs, while Toliver just missed with nine digs.
  • Brooke Kranda had 12 kills and six aces on the day., hitting. 320.

  • MSU swept the season series from Wisconsin, winning 3-2 in Madison and 3-1 at home. The Spartans had lost five straight to the Badgers entering the season, and had not swept a season series from Wisconsin since 2012.
  • Holly Toliver has had double-digit kills in five of the six Big Ten matches this season, the lone exception the nine she had in the 3-0 win over Maryland. Her previous high in a Big Ten match this season was 12 in the opener at Wisconsin, and her season best was 13 at Notre Dame. Kranda also has five double-digit kills in Big Ten play.
  • Autumn Bailey had her fourth double-double in six Big Ten matches.
  • Bailey had all five of her hitting errors in the first two sets, where she also had five kills. She went 11-0-26 in the final two sets. Toliver had three errors in the opening frame, but had 13 kills and one error on 24 swings over the balance of the game.
  • Rachel Minarick had 52 assists (one off her season best and three shy of her career high), adding four kills (.667, 4-0-6) and nine digs, just missing a double-double.
  • Brooke Kranda had a season-best six aces on the day, one shy of the Jenison Field House record of seven. Her career best was nine, a four-set school record, at Purdue last season.
  • MSU won its first four-set match of the season. The Spartans were 0-2 in four setters until today, losing to both Georgia Tech and No. 4 Nebraska.
  • MSU has won seven of its last eight matches, and has not lost back-to-back matches this season.
  • Jamye Cox finished with 13 digs and a season-best six assists.



  • SET ONE: MSU opened up a 6-3 early lead on a pair of thundering kills by Garvelink, but the Badgers rallied to pull ahead 11-8 on a 8-2 run aided by a pair of MSU hitting errors. Still trailing by three (13-10), MSU got the sideout on a Garvelink kill, then got back-to-back aces from Kranda and a Garvelink block to pull ahead 14-13. The Badgers countered with a 5-0 run to go up three, 18-15. The Spartans contested the next point that was called out of bounds, believing there was a touch by the UW blocker. The call went the Spartans' way, and it became a two-point deficit instead of four. Toliver then pulled it within one with an ace - MSU's fourth of the frame - and Bailey knotted it up at 18-all, forcing Wisconsin into a time out. The Badgers went on a 3-0 run out of their break, stopped by a Minarick dump that made it 21-19. Wisconsin got to set point on a Gillis kill, but despite Toliver fending it off once with her third kill of the frame, UW sealed it on a termination by Madison Duello to take the first set, 25-22. Garvelink's four kills and two blocks led the Spartans, who also got three each from Kranda and Toliver. The Badgers hit .321 to MSU's .176, and held a 3-2 edge in blocks. .


  • SET TWO: Three early kills from Kranda helped MSU build a 4-1 edge, which became 8-3 off of seven Spartan kills. Wisconsin got two back on MSU errors to make it 8-5, MSU earned its largest lead of the day to that point at 10-5, but Wisconsin got it back within three, where the teams battled point-for-point. MSU's lead fluxuated between three and five points until a 4-0 Badger run capped by a Gillis kill tied it at 18-all. MSU took a time out and was on fire out of that break, scoring seven of the next nine points and evening up the match at one set apiece with a 25-20 win in set two. Holly Toliver had seven kills on 10 attempts in the frame and added a block and two digs, while Kranda had six kills. The Spartans did it all for themselves, recording 20 kills and a block in the frame to account for 21 of the 25 points in the frame. For the Badgers, they hit .273 led by Gillis' four kills.


  • SET THREE: The Spartans led by as many .as five when they turned a 6-5 deficit into a 11-7 edge with a 5-2 run. With MSU up 16-12, the Badgers called a time out which allowed them to regroup, scoring five straight to take a 17-16 lead. Tied at 20-20, the Spartans took a two-point edge on a thundering kill by Toliver followed by a Kranda ace, forcing Wisconsin to take its second time out. The teams traded errors, and Bailey got the Spartans to a set point with a big hit at the left pin. A dump by Hilley put off the inevitable, as the Spartans went back to Bailey for the final swing to seal it, 25-22. The redshirt senior led the Spartans with five kills and four digs in the frame, while Toliver and Kranda each had three to put three Spartans int double figures. MSU hit .371 and had 14 digs in the frame.


  • SET FOUR: MSU ran out to an 8-3 lead, and led by as many as eight points in the early part of the fourth set before a 3-1 run for Wisconsin pulled them within seven, 15-8. MSU kept its foot on the gas, pushing its lead out to 20-11 and keeping the Badgers out of system. MSU had its largest lead of the day at 22-11, which MSU scored on back-to-back kills by Bailey. The Badgers countered with three straight to make it 22-14, at which point MSU called a timeout to regroup. The Spartans got to set point on a kill by Toliver (24-14), but she followed with a service error and Tionna Williams kill brought the Badgers to 24-16. A service error by Rettke ended it for the Spartans. Bailey had six kills and two digs in the final frame, while Garvelink and Toliver each had three. Kranda served up a pair of aces to push her game total to six. Williams had five kills to lead the Badgers in the fourth, who hit .250- but MSU's pressure in the fourth frame led to 14 kills and just one error (.419).



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