Spartan Volleyball Loses at Penn State, 3-0
Nov. 24, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Michigan State volleyball fell at Penn State, 3-0 on Saturday night in its regular season finale. The Spartans (23-9, 11-9 Big Ten) lost by scores of 13-25, 21-25 and 15-25 to the Nittany Lions (29-2, 19-1). Lauren Wicinski led MSU with 15 kills in the match and Kristen Kelsay recorded a double-double with 14 assists and 11 digs.
The Spartans hit just .029 in the match while the Nittany Lions posted a .304 mark.
Penn State started fast and used a 5-0 run to go up 13-5 in first set. The Nittany Lions went on to take the first game, 25-13 and led the match 1-0. The Spartans had nine errors in the set, contributing to a negative hitting percentage while PSU hit .250.
The Nittany Lions took a 2-0 match lead after taking the second set, 25-21. The Spartans got out to a quick start, leading 6-1 but couldn't hold off Penn State. MSU forced a Penn State timeout leading 8-3 and the PSU rattled off an 8-2 run to take an 11-10 lead midway through the second set. Lauren Wicinski tied the set 18-18 with a kill from the left side and notched another to put the Spartans up 19-18. Penn State closed the set with a 7-2 run to take a 2-0 lead. The Spartans struggled offensively, hitting just .105 percent and had 11 errors.
MSU dropped the third set, 25-15 and the match 3-0 to Penn State. The Spartans took their first timeout trailing 11-6 and MSU used a 4-0 following the timeout to narrow the deficit to 11-10. Penn State responded with a 5-0 run if its own to pull away 17-11 in the third set. Wicinski had her 15th kill to make it 20-14 but Penn State took a 24-14 shortly after and an error on the Spartans sealed the match.
Kristen Kelsay had a double-double with 14 assists and 11 digs and Halle Peterson recorded 11 assists. Wicinski had 15 kills and Amy Dentlinger added seven, while Kori Moster had 16 digs and four assists for Michigan State.
The Spartans now await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show tomorrow at 4 p.m. and will look for an at-large bid. The show will air live on ESPNU.
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