Nov. 9, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State volleyball took down No. 10 Minnesota, 3-1, at Jenison Field House by scores of 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 and 25-20. The Spartans (20-7, 8-7 Big Ten) earned their first back-to-back wins over top-10 ranked opponents since 1995. Lauren Wicinski had 13 kills and 11 digs for Michigan State and libero Kori Moster had 18 digs and six assists.
"I didn't think we started off real strong," head coach Cathy George said. "I thought it was really good for us to come back and keep our composure and just go after it. I saw it in the team, their composure down the stretch, and it was really important for us."
The Spartans opened the match with a 25-20 win in the first set to take a 1-0 lead. Michigan State hit .357 percent in the match and held the Golden Gophers (20-6, 11-4) to a .167 percent mark. The Spartans jumped out to a 15-8 lead, but Minnesota responded with an 11-4 run to even the match, 19-19. Kristen Kelsay recorded a kill to put MSU ahead, 21-20 and Kelsey Kuipers and Jazmine White each notched kills down the stretch to seal the game for MSU.
Minnesota took the second set 25-17, evening the match 1-1. The Spartans had six errors and hit just .176 percent in the set. MSU only lead once in the game and the Golden Gophers took a 20-15, forcing a MSU timeout. Katherine Harms had two service aces for Minnesota and added ended the set with a kill, tying the match 1-1.
The Spartans took the third set 25-21 to take a 2-1 match lead. Amy Dentlinger notched a kill from the right side, putting the Spartans up 15-11. Minnesota battled back and tied the game 17-17 after a Michigan State error and took a 20-19 lead after two more Spartan errors. Michigan State called a timeout and Minnesota had a pair of errors of its own, followed by two consecutive service aces from Lauren Wicinski, giving MSU the 25-21 win.
The Spartans won the fourth game 25-20, clinching the 3-1 upset victory. The entire set was a back-and-forth battle and MSU took a 19-17 lead after a kill from Taylor Galloway, forcing a Minnesota timeout. The Golden Gophers had two straight errors and another kill by Galloway forced Minnesota to use its second timeout, trailing 23-19. Kelsey Kuipers recorded a kill from the right side an Jazmine White ended the match with her fifth kill of the night to take the set 25-20.
It is MSU's first win over Minnesota since Oct. 20, 2007.
Halle Peterson paced the Spartans with 22 assists and Kristen Kelsay added 21 of her own. Wicinski had three service aces to go along with 13 kills and 11 digs, her eighth double-double of the season. Alexis Mathews had eight kills and four blocks and Jazmine White recorded five kills and five blocks.
Michigan State is back in action tomorrow night when it hosts Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. at Jenison Field House.