Spartans Fall at Wisconsin, 3-1
Errors once again plague MSU in second Big Ten loss
Oct. 20, 2013
Madison, Wis - Michigan State had another rough road outing on Sunday, as despite taking the opening set, watched Wisconsin rally for three straight set victories in a 3-1 Badger win (25-20, 19-25, 16-25, 18-25). Fifth-ranked MSU drops its second straight contest to fall to 17-3 on the year, and is now 6-2 in the Big Ten. No. 15 Wisconsin improves to 16-4, 5-3 B1G.
Lauren Wicinski had a match-best 16 kills, and added nine digs and four blocks along with two service aces. Alexis Mathews tied her season best with 10 blocks and also contributed five kills, while Kristen Kelsay had 25 assists and Kori Moster 26 digs. Freshman Chloe Reinig also had 12 kills for the Spartans.
MSU struggled again with errors, committing 26 attacking errors and having 13 more from the service line. MSU hit just .122 in the match, while the Badgers hit .239. MSU had 10 blocks to Wisconsin's 8.5. Freshman Lauren Carlini had 36 assists, six kills, and five blocks for the Badgers, while both Ellen Chapman (14) and Courtney Thomas (10) had double-digit kills.
The first set was a tight affair, as MSU's biggest early lead was four points (18-14), but the Badgers cut that back to one after a pair of kills by Lauren Carlini and an MSU error. MSU built its lead back to four points with help from two Reinig kills, and MSU led 23-18. The teams traded points, and another Reinig kill gave the Spartans match point, which was closed out by a block by Wicinski and Matthews on Ellen Chapman for the 25-20 win.
With the second set tied at nine, the Badgers used an 8-2 run to take a 17-11 lead and force MSU into a timeout. The Spartans came up with two big blocks out of the timeout - Mathews was in on both - to cut the lead to four. Galloway followed with a service ace, and Wicinski's kill on Galloway's second serve cut the lead to two. The Badgers rallied for six straight points to pull ahead 23-16, but Wicinski halted the run for MSU and went to the service line. MSU managed the next two points - kills by Wicinski and Jazmine White - to cut the lead to 23-19, forcing the Badgers into a timeout. Morales got a kill to give the Badgers set point, and a Spartan attacking error sealed the second-set win for UW.
After the teams opened the third set tied 6-6, Wisconsin used several small runs to build a lead and not look back - the Badgers built to a 20-10 advantage, and despite MSU going point-for-point with the home team over the balance of the set, Wisconsin took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-16 win. MSU had nine kills and nine hitting errors in the set, as well as two service errors to help the Badger cause. Wisconsin also hit .265 - its best set to that point in the match - and had two service aces.
The Badgers sealed their win in the fourth set with a 25-18 set victory. Trailing 18-16, MSU saw the home team rally for an 7-2 run to close out the set, which was helped by three MSU errors down the stretch. Ellen Chapman had the last four kills for the Badgers to seal their fifth Big Ten victory of the season.
The Spartans have a quick turnaround, hosting archrival Michigan on Wednesday at Jenison Field House for the annual "Jam Jenison" game. Start time is 7 p.m.