Oct. 21, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State volleyball team (14-7, 2-7) lost, 3-0, to No. 11 Michigan at the Breslin Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The loss marked the first loss in program history at the Breslin Center, with the Spartans now boasting a 4-1 all-time record in the building. Junior Megan Schatzle (Monroe, Mich.) led the team with her nine kills against the Wolverines, while also adding two service aces.
In the first set of the night, MSU jumped out early on the Wolverines, leading narrowly 4-2. The Spartans maintained their two-point lead up to 15-13. However, Michigan rallied back to pull ahead of the Spartans by three at 21-19. MSU stormed back to take the next six of nine points, tying the match at 24. After going back-and-forth, the Wolverines finally took the first set with the score 33-31. Sophomore Becca Zlabis (Wheaton, Ill.) paced the Spartan attack with five kills in the set.
MSU came out struggling in the second set, falling behind early 6-4. The Spartans rallied back to pull ahead by three, with the score 15-12, forcing a Michigan timeout. Michigan State grew their lead by four to make the score 20-16, when U-M called its second timeout. The Spartans however were unable to hold the lead, as they were only able to score two more points, before the Wolverines earned the 25-22 second set win.
The Spartans fell behind early in the third and final set, 9-4. MSU rallied to pull within three, making the score 23-20 in favor of the Wolverines. Michigan State tied the match at 23 and once again at 24, before U-M closed out the match by taking the final two set points, winning 26-24.
Senior Vanessa King (Spring Lake, Mich.) led all Spartans with five blocks, while also posting a team-high .333 attack percentage. Tallying eight kills each was Zlabis and sophomore Kyndra Abron (Livonia, Mich.). Sophomore Natalie Emro (Wildwood, Mo.) tallied 28 assists and added four blocks to the Spartan defense. Sophomore Carli Weiler (Oak Lawn, Ill.) led all with her 13 digs on the night. The Spartans as a team led the Wolverines 10 blocks to four on the night.
MSU is back in action on Friday, Oct. 23, when it travels to Minnesota for a 8 p.m. ET match with the Golden Gophers. The match will be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com.