Oct. 26, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Michigan State volleyball took down Indiana, 3-1, on Friday night at University Gym. The Spartans (17-6, 5-6 Big Ten) dropped the first set, 26-24, but won the next three by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17. Junior Lauren Wicinski led MSU with 16 kills and senior Amy Dentlinger had 14 kills on 21 attempts, without an error.
"I think we settled down and we were out of sorts in the beginning," head coach Cathy George said. "Indiana came out strong and they were graveling for some points and we just needed to get better at handling off plays and being a little bit more exact. I thought we did that and we battled back."
The Hoosiers (10-13, 2-9) used a 6-0 run late in the first set to propel them to a 26-24 win and a 1-0 match lead. The Spartans led 23-18 after Indiana used its second timeout of the set before they began their rally. MSU fell behind 24-23 and was forced to call a timeout to slow down the Hoosier attack. Michigan State was able to fend off the first set point but a MSU attack error sealed the game for Indiana. MSU had 12 kills and 10 errors in the first set, hitting just .051 percent.
Michigan State evened the match 1-1 after a 25-23 win in set two. The entire set was back-and-forth and neither team could pull away. The Spartans took a 19-18 lead after Lauren Wicinski had two straight kills for MSU but the Hoosiers responded and took a 21-20 lead, forcing a Michigan State timeout. An Indiana attack error led to a 24-23 MSU lead and the Spartans preserved the win after an Amy Dentlinger kill from the right side.
The Spartans took a 2-1 match lead after taking set three, 25-20. Michigan State had its best hitting percentage of the night, notching a .472 mark and had 18 kills with just one error in the game. It was another tight contest and MSU took a 21-19 lead after a kill from Wicinski forced an Indiana timeout. Jazmine White and Amy Dentlinger teamed up for a block, and two more kills from Wicinski gave MSU the victory. Dentlinger had five kills in the game to lead Michigan State.
A 6-0 run midway through the fourth set gave MSU a commanding 17-10 lead and the Spartans went on to a 25-17 victory to win the match, 3-1. Michigan State hit .435 percent in the final set and held the Hoosiers to a .000 mark after they had nine kills and nine errors.
Junior Kristen Kelsay had 28 assists and freshman Halle Peterson chipped in with 20. Libero Kori Moster had 23 digs and two service aces for MSU. Wicinksi had seven digs to go along with her 16 kills and Jazmine White added four block assists.
The Spartans are back in action tomorrow night at Purdue at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed live on BTN.com.