Spartans Sweep Wildcats In Big Ten Play
Oct. 27, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Michigan State volleyball team improved its record to 14-7, 5-6 against Big Ten opponents, with a 3-0 sweep of Northwestern on Friday night in Evanston. State won by scores of 30-23, 30-23, and 30-28. With the loss, Northwestern falls to 10-10, with a 4-7 mark against conference opponents for the year.
A trio of Spartans tallied double-digit kill totals in the match, led by Katie Johnson and Ashley Schatzle with 16 each, while middle blocker Vanessa King added 10 for the Green and White. Setter Allison Ianni tallied 45 assists, directing the Spartan offense to a .313 attack percentage compared to a .124 performance by the Wildcats.
Northwestern won the defensive battle, posting 8.0 total blocks against 7.0 by the Spartan defenders. King paced the Green and White with five block assists, while Jessica Hohl and Ianni added two and three, respectively. Defensive specialist Miken Trogdon anchored the Spartan backcourt with nine digs, while libero Nicole Colaluca contributed eight in the victory.
The Wildcats were led by Lindsay Anderson with 13 kills, while setter Stephanie Jurivich tallied 33 assists and three digs in the loss.
The Spartans trailed by as many as four in the early going, but used a 6-2 run to knot the score at 8-8 early in game one. Neither team led by more than two points until consecutive kills by Johnson sparked a 5-0 run to give State a 24-21 advantage. Following a late Wildcat timeout, MSU scored five of the final seven points to take the set, 30-23. Ianni spread out 16 assists, directing the Green and White to a .361 attack percentage, while Johnson paced the Spartans with six kills on 10 attempts.
Solid play from its outside hitters gave Michigan State a commanding 22-14 advantage in game two. State capitalized on four straight hitting errors by the Wildcat offense late in the set to take a 30-23 game-two victory, and 2-0 match advantage. MSU led by as many as 11 (26-15), as the Spartan offense tallied 17 kills, compared to just nine kills and a -.061 attack percentage by the Wildcats. Hohl, Ianni, and King paced the Spartans at the net with two block assists each, while Schatzle posted a floor-high six kills in the set.
Michigan State led 15-11 midway through game three before the Wildcats used a 6-4 run to pull within two of the Spartan lead at 17-19. The teams matched three-point runs to knot the score at 25-25, but the Spartans put together a 5-3 run to clinch their fifth win of the Big Ten season with a 30-28 game-three win.
Michigan State continues Big Ten play on Saturday at Illinois. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET.
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