Spartans Snap Losing Streak, Sweep Michigan in Ann Arbor
Junior Lauren Wicinski had 18 kills and nine digs for MSU.
Oct. 17, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan State (16-5, 4-5 Big Ten) volleyball swept Michigan (16-7, 4-5) on Wednesday night, 3-0 at Cliff Keen Arena. The Spartans halted their first losing streak of the season, having dropped their last three matches, by taking down the Wolverines 25-20, 25-17 and 25-20. Sophomore Taylor Galloway netted another double-double, her fourth of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs. Junior Lauren Wicinski led all players with 18 kills and had nine digs against the Wolverines.
"It was really important for us to come back after a disappointing weekend," head coach Cathy George said. "None of us felt real good about that. I was real pleased to see the determination in our team."
Michigan State took a 1-0 lead in the match after a 25-20 win in set one over the Wolverines. The Spartans jumped out to an 18-12 lead after going on an 8-2 run and forced Michigan to use its second timeout of the set. Michigan cut the deficit to 20-18 but couldn't take the lead from Michigan State. Kelsey Kuipers and Alexis Mathews ended the set with a block from the right side, following an attack error by Michigan and Wicinski's sixth kill of the set.
"She was huge tonight and took a lot of really good shots," George said of Wicinski. "She took what the ball gave her and did a really nice job. She also did an exceptional job passing and serving and did all those things well for us."
The Spartans stayed on top and jumped out to an 8-3 lead in set two, eventually winning 25-17 and taking a 2-0 match lead over the Wolverines. Michigan once again made a run and trailed just 10-9 before MSU rattled off a 6-0 run of its own to take a 16-9 lead. The Spartans were up 24-14 after a thundering kill from Wicinski in the middle, the Wolverines then fended off three straight match points before junior Jazmine White recorded her second kill of the night.
Set three started off as a back-and-forth affair and it was tied 10-10 after Lexi Erwin had two straight kills for Michigan, forcing a MSU timeout. Michigan State got out to a 16-13 lead after the Wolverines had back-to-back attack errors and extended its lead to 21-16 before Michigan used a timeout. The Spartans completed the sweep with a 25-20 win in set three and hit .366 percent while holding Michigan to a .136 mark.
Junior Kristen Kelsay had 25 assists, three kills and six digs in the match and Kori Moster had 16 digs and a service ace. Middle blocker Alexis Mathews had five total blocks for MSU and freshman Halle Peterson chipped in with 15 assists. MSU hit .312 percent in the match and held Michigan to just a .113 hitting percentage.
Michigan State is back in action when it hosts Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.