Nov. 19, 2016
No. 13 Michigan State dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday (20-25, 19-25, 23-25). MSU falls to 23-7 and 12-6 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers remain in second place with a 24-3 mark, and 16-2 record in Big Ten play.
The Spartans were plagued by hitting errors (22 in the match) and hit just .103, while Wisconsin compiled 46 kills and hit .220. MSU out-blocked their hosts 13-8. Trailing 23-15 in the third set after and the home team used a 9-1 run in the to build a commanding lead, the Spartans showed strong resolve in countering with a 7-0 run and pulled within a point at 24-23, but the Badgers held on for their ninth straight victory.
MSU was led by Autumn Bailey with 10 kills and eight digs, while Allyssah Fitterer had six kills and six blocks (one solo) setter Rachel Minarick had 25 assists, three kills, seven digs, and four blocks, and Alyssa Garvlink had nine kills, hit .353, and added five blocks.
Freshman Molly Haggerty led the Badgers with 14 kills, while Tionna Williams had five kills and a team-best six blocks.
The Spartans move into the final week of Big Ten play, and take on Michigan on Wednesday night in Ann Arbor. MSU concludes the regular season next Saturday at Iowa.
SET ONE: Down 5-3, Holly Toliver delivered an ace and had a four-point serving run that allowed MSU to pull ahead 7-5, with a pair of kills by Bailey helping the cause. Wisconsin tied it back up at 8-8, and the teams traded mini- runs and leads, and after a 3-0 run by the Badgers (with two straight kills from Romana Kriskova) that turned a 14-13 MSU lead into a two-point deficit, the Spartans called their first time out of the set. Minarick and Fitterer stopped the run with a block at the right pin, but a kill off the block got the sideout for the home team. The duo tied the gam e at 17-all, but the Badgers put together a 4-0 run - fueled by kills from Kriskova, Molly Haggerty, and Tionna Williams - to pull ahead 21-17 and force MSU into a time out. Out of the break, Wisconsin pushed its lead to 23-18 before Garvelink and Minarick blocked Haggerty at the pin, and Garvelink followed with a kill to make it 23-20. Haggerty got the next one to make it set point for the Badgers, and a block by the Badgers secured a 25-20 first-set victory. The Spartans hit just .143 with 11 kills on 42 swings, while Wisconsin terminated at .279, with 17 kills on 43 attempts. Bailey led the way with five kills, and Garvelink had four kills and a block.
SET TWO: The Badgers used a 7-2 run to open up a 15-10 lead in the second set, with five of their points coming on kills. Trailing 16-11, MSU got a solo block and a kill by Allyssah Fitterer to bring MSU within three at 16-13, but Wisconsin countered with a 4-0 run to make it 20-13 and force the Spartans into a second time out. A solo block by Kranda got MSU the sideout and its ninth block of the match, but the Spartans couldn’t put together any sustained runs to put pressure on the Badgers. Kelli Bates stepped in to serve at set point (24-17), but Garvelink put down a sharp shot , followed by her fifth block of the night, to twice stave off set point. Haleigh Nelson ended it for the Badgers, who took a 2-0 lead into the break. Garvelink had four kills and four blocks in the frame, while Kranda had three blocks and Fitterer added three kills and a solo stuff. The Spartans, however, hit just .079 in the set.
SET THREE: With four kills from four different players, the Badgers built a 6-3 lead in the third set, but a kill by Bailey, a block by Fitterer and Reinig, and a Badger error allowed MSU to tie it up at 6-6. A Minarick-Fitterer block -their third of the night together - gave MSU its first lead at 7-6, but the Badgers stormed back with a 4-0 run - on three kills (two from Haggerty) and a block to take a 10-7 lead. After an MSU time out, the Badgers extended their lead to five, but a Reinig kill ended the UW run. Another Toliver serving run (including her second ace of the night) brought MSU within a point at 14-13. A swing by Garvelink was ruled long, and after a Spartan challenge, the call was overturned for a 14-14 tie. Wisconsin rebounded from the overturned call with a 4-0 run - on a pair of Gillis kills and a block - to pull ahead 18-14, at which point the Spartans called their timeout. The Badgers used a 9-1 run after that overturned call to open up a 23-15 lead, but MSU came alive with a 5-0 run - on four kills and a Kranda ace - to cut it to 23-20 and force Wisconsin into a timeout. A net violation and error by the Badgers trimmed it to 23-22, but a soft roll shot fell just wide for MSU to give the Badgers match point. MSU got a block from Minarick and Fitterer to make it 24-23, but a Nelson shot down the line sealed the Wisconsin win. Fitterer had three blocks and a pair of assists in the final set in which MSU hit just .081.
Allyssah Fitterer had six kills, pushing her career total to 998, and a team-best six blocks.
Alyssa Garvelink had nine kills, hit .353, and had five blocks.
Autumn Bailey notched 10 kills and eight digs, just missing a third straight double-double.
STATS AND STORYLINES
For the second straight season, the Spartans and Badgers met just once, late in the season, and in Madison. Wisconsin has extended its winning streak to five straight in the series.
The Spartans dropped back-to-back matches for the first time since Sept. 24 (a five-set loss to No. 1 Nebraska) and Sept. 20 (vs. No. 16 Penn State).
MSU had 12 blocks compared to eight for the Badgers, and posted its fifth straight double-figure blocking effort. MSU has 10 double-digit blocking matches in 18 Big Ten matchups.
Abby Monson had 19 digs for the second straight night and added a pair of assists.
Brooke Kranda compiled five blocks (one solo), matching her season high.