Wicinski Becomes Record Holder as Spartans Sweep Iowa
Nov. 16, 2013
Iowa City, Iowa - Michigan State snapped a two-game skid with a 3-0 victory at Iowa on Saturday night (25-10, 25-23, 25-23). MSU is now 20-8 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten play; the Hawkeyes fall to 10-18, 1-15 in the B1G.
In the match, Spartan senior Lauren Wicinski led all scorers with 18 kills, giving her 2,304 in her career, moving her past MSU all-time leader Jenna Wrobel; Wicinski's total is third all-time in the Big Ten and 16th all-time in the NCAA record book . Wicinski hit .279 on the night, and added an ace, seven digs, and a block as she terminated six attempts in each set. Alexis Mathews had nine kills and hit .571, and also had a pair of blocks. Autumn Christenson and Taylor Galloway tied for the team lead in blocks for the second straight night, each with three; Galloway also had six kills, 11 digs, and two assists. Kori Moster had a game-high 16 digs.
MSU opened up a sizeable lead early in the match, jumping out to a 7-3 lead and then using a 12-4 run to turn it into a 20-7 avantage. MSU kept its foot on the gas and took that opening set by a 25-10 margin. MSU hit .519 in the first set, as Wicinski had six kills on 12 swings and Fitterer added four more, with a block. MSU limited the hosts to just five kills and hit .071.
Iowa built a lead as large as five points in the second set, (10-5) but MSU rallied in short bursts - its largest run was 5-0 - to tie the set at 15 and again at 18. The teams traded points, with MSU putting together back-to-back points to get to 24-22. A Rachael Bedell kill temporarily stopped MSU's run, but Wicinski sealed the set victory with her sixth kill of the set and 12th of the night. Mathews had five kills and a block, while Moster had seven digs.
In the third set, Iowa continued to fight, and led by as many as three points at 15-12; MSU called a timeout and got two points back immediately after the break. Iowa re-built its lead to 17-14, but the Spartans put together a 5-2 run to tie it at 19-19. With the teams tied 22-all, Jazmine White got her first termination of the night, and Kristen Kelsay followed it up with a service ace; with match point for MSU, Bedell extended the match for the second straight set to bring the home team within a point. A lengthy rally at the second match point for MSU ended with a Taylor Galloway attempt on the left side that the Hawkeyes couldn't handle, giving MSU a 3-0 victory.
The Spartans will be back in action on Friday when it hosts Wisconsin at Jenison Field House after a three-week absence; the four Spartan seniors will be honored in a post-match ceremony after MSU plays Minnesota on Saturday evening. Both matches start at 6:30 p.m.
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