Nov. 2, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State (18-7, 6-7 Big Ten) volleyball defeated Iowa, 3-0, at Jenison Field House on Friday night. The Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes (10-16, 2-11) by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-18. Michigan State hit .250 percent in the match but had a season-high 12 service aces. Junior Lauren Wicinski led MSU with 13 kills and had six aces.
"We regrouped when we needed to, put a stop on them and scored when we needed to pull ahead," head coach Cathy George said. "I think we were sloppy at times and Iowa did some good things that caught us a bit off guard. We just needed to be a little sharper and we talked about that. They came back out and we did that."
Michigan State took a 1-0 lead after taking set one, 25-20. The Spartans hit just .138 percent while the Hawkeyes managed a .222 mark. MSU utilized five service aces, four from Lauren Wicinski, to take game one. The Spartans took a 14-11 lead after three straight Iowa errors and the Hawkeyes used their first timeout. Michigan State lead 21-19 after a kill from Wicinski and she followed that up with two straight aces, forcing Iowa to use another timeout. Wicinski added another ace to make it 24-19 and Alexis Mathews had a kill in the middle to seal the set.
The Spartans jumped out to a 10-1 lead in set two and used that to carry them to a 25-16 win in set two. Michigan State led 19-10 after Wicinski notched her fifth service ace of the night and forced an Iowa timeout. The Hawkeyes had six errors in the set and hit only .026 percent. Kristen Kelsay had 10 assists in the game and Kori Moster added eight digs.
MSU took set three 25-18 to complete the sweep over the Hawkeyes. Jazmine White tied the score at 8-8 with a service ace and recorded another ace after an Iowa error, putting MSU in the lead 10-8. Lauren Wicinski notched a kill from the left side to stretch the lead to 21-16 and Iowa called a timeout. In fitting fashion, Wicinski capped off the night with her season-high sixth service ace to give MSU the 25-18 win.
Senior Amy Dentlinger had 12 kills, hit .647 percent in the match and added a service ace. Sophomore Kori Moster had 14 digs for MSU and Kristen Kelsay recorded 24 assists and two service aces in the match. Jazmine White also chipped in with three aces.
Michigan State is back in action tomorrow night as it hosts No. 4 Nebraska at 8 p.m. inside Jenison Field House. Fans that show their ticket stub from the MSU vs. Nebraska football game will receive free admission to the match.