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Michigan State Falls in Five-Set Thriller to No. 21 Purdue, 3-2

Lauren Wicinski led all players with 21 kills in the match.

Oct. 27, 2012

Final Stats

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Spartan volleyball team dropped a five-set heart breaker to Purdue, 3-2, at Holloway Gymnasium. MSU (17-7, 5-7 Big Ten) dropped its second five-set match to Purdue (16-7, 7-5) this season by scores of 25-16, 23-25, 30-32, 25-18 and 11-15. Junior Lauren Wicinski led MSU with 21 kills and had 12 digs. Kristen Kelsay had 41 assists and Kori Moster added 28 digs for the Spartans.

"It didn't go our way tonight and I think it could have gone either way tonight," head coach Cathy George said. "We beat them in every statistical category, including points scored but we just didn't get the outcome that we wanted."

The Spartans opened the match with a 25-16 win in set one over Purdue. MSU got out to an 8-4 lead in the first set and went up 17-10 after Lauren Wicinski had a service ace for the Spartans, her second in the game. Michigan State capped off an 11-4 run after a Purdue attack error and took a 21-12 lead. Alexis Mathews finished off Purdue with a kill in the middle, giving MSU a 1-0 match lead.

The Spartans hit .366 percent and held Purdue to a .067 mark in the first game.

Purdue evened the match 1-1 with a 25-23 win in set two. The Boilermakers went on an early 4-0 run to take an 8-6 lead, forcing a Michigan State timeout. MSU fell behind 21-16 before going on a 4-0 run if its own to cut the lead to 21-20 and Lauren Wicinski notched her sixth kill of the night to force a Purdue timeout. Purdue held on to win 25-23 after a pair of kills from Ariel Turner and an error by the Spartans.



A whirlwind set three ensued as Purdue won 32-30 in an action packed game. The Spartans fell behind 15-18 but neither team trailed by more than two points after that instance. MSU tied the game 22-22 after a kill from Wicinski and Purdue took a timeout. After the break, Mathews slammed home a kill to make it 23-22 and Purdue used its final timeout. The Spartans fell behind 25-24 but fended off set point with a kill from Taylor Galloway.

Both teams traded blows back-and-forth and Wicinski notched a kill to even the set at 30-30. However, the Spartans had a service error followed by an attack error to drop the game and fell behind 2-1 in the match.

Michigan State evened the match at 2-2 with a 25-18 win in the fourth set. The Spartans used an 11-1 run to go up 21-13 after Amy Dentlinger recorded a kill on the right side. The Boilermakers fought off two straight set points but a net violation gave MSU the victory and sent the match to the fifth set.

Purdue won the match with a 15-11 win in set five. The Spartans led 8-7 as the teams switched sides, then Purdue used a timeout trailing 9-7. The Boilermakers went on a 6-0 run to take a 14-10 lead and eventually took the game, 15-11.

Taylor Galloway had a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs and Alexis Mathews had 11 kills and five blocks. Four Spartans finished the night with double-digit kills and MSU outhit Purdue, .228 percent to .193 percent.

Michigan State returns home to host Iowa on Friday, Nov.2, and Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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