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Spartans Win Regular-Season Finale at IU, 3-1

Nov. 25, 2017

Box Score | PDF Box: MSU 3, Indiana 1

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No. 10 Michigan State posted a 3-1 win at Indiana on Saturday evening (25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23) to conclude the 2017 regular season. The Spartans (21-8, 14-6 B1G) split their final weekend of Big Ten play, and now awaits the NCAA selection show on Sunday.

While the Hoosiers were celebrating their two seniors, it was sophomore Deyshia Lofton who put on a show for the home crowd, finishing with 13 kills and hitting .688. Senior Jessica Leisch contributed nine, and Kendall Beerman contributed 11 kills.

Autumn Bailey had her 10th double-double in Big Ten play with 16 kills and 13 digs; she also hit .333 and tied her MSU best with five service aces. Holly Toliver also had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, hitting .550. Rachel Minarick flirted with a triple-double, amassing nine kills and seven digs to go with her three blocks and 40 assists. Brooke Kranda rounded out the double-digit kill performers with 13 kills, two blocks, and two digs.

Playing on the road for a second consecutive senior night, the Hoosiers wanted to leave a good impression for their home crowd in their final game at University Gym, as the Hoosiers will open a new volleyball facility in the fall of 2018. The Spartans rallied back in the first set from a 9-5 deficit to post a 25-19 victory behind Autumn Bailey's four kills and four aces in the set. The second frame went to the home team, 25-23, as IU once again jumped out to an early lead (9-4). MSU trailed by as many as six but rallied to tie the set at 19-19, but Indiana used a mini 3-0 run to pull ahead 22-19 and held on for a two-point win, 25-23.



MSU came out of the set break between two and three with a different execution level, and took the third set by a 25-14 score. MSU hit .500 in the set, (16-0-32), siding out at 80 percent and getting four kills from each Autumn Bailey and Rachel Minarick. The Spartans continued to hit well in the fourth, recording 14 kills and hitting .353. MSU had just two hitting errors in the final two sets after 12 in the first two.

The NCAA selection show will air live on Sunday at 9 pm ET on ESPNU.

"We started the match a bit sluggish and had to clean up our game. I was pleased with the way we responded in the third and fourth sets - we were much more polished and purposeful and I think it clearly showed. We now need to get back home and get some rest, and we will learn our NCAA fate tomorrow night."

- Head Coach Cathy George


  • Autumn Bailey led all players with 16 kills, hit .333, and added 13 digs, five assists, and a block.
  • Holly Toliver had 12 kills and 10 digs along with two assists.
  • Brooke Kranda hit .345, recording 13 kills and adding two blocks.


  • Autumn Bailey had five service aces, tying the MSU high of five she had against Northwestern on Nov. 4, 2016. Her career best is seven.
  • Rachel Minarick flirted with a triple-double, finishing with nine kills and seven digs, hitting .412 in addition to her 40 assists.
  • The Spartans finish the Big Ten season with a 14-6 record, the fourth-best B1G record in Spartan history and most under head coach Cathy George.



  • SET ONE: Trailing 9-5, Autumn Bailey went on a personal 5-0 run, starting with a kill and following up with four consecutive service aces to turn the deficit into a 10-9 MSU lead. After an IU timeout, the Hoosiers got the side out on a Kendall Beerman kill, but MSU continued its run, forcing IU into its second time out at 15-10 - a 10-1 Spartan run since the early IU lead. MSU kept its lead at five or six points, as MSU kept the pressure on. After a Tompkins tip that got MSU to set point, Toliver got her hand beneath a ball destined for the floor - her pancake went over the net and landed in bounds. After a video review, the call of the ball down on the Spartan side was overturned, giving MSU a 25-19 win. Bailey had four aces, four kills, and hit .364 (4-0-11). Kranda had three kills, while Rachel Minarick had 11 assists and two digs. Toliver's final play was one of the four digs she had in the set. The Spartans hit .370 to IU's .269. Deyshia Lawfton had four kills on four swings for the Hoosiers in the opening set.  
  • SET TWO: Indiana used a pair of service aces to help build to a 7-3 lead in the second set, and MSU called time out with the home team holding a 9-4 edge, similar to the situation in the first set. MSU trimmed the deficit down to four points twice, but IU took advantage of Spartan miscues (MSU was hitting just .110) to hold a 16-10 lead at the midpoint of the frame. The Spartans countered with a 3-0 run - kills by Bailey and Kranda, followed by Bailey's fifth ace of the night - to make it 16-13 in favor of the home team, forcing the Hoosiers to call their first time out of the set. MSU cane within one at 17-16 and again at 19-18, and then a Kranda/Garvelink block tied things up at 19-19. After an IU timeout, the Hoosiers got the sideout on a Lofton kill, an MSU error, and kill by Jessica Leisch to go back up three, 22-19, and MSU used its final time out. A Toliver kill capped a 3-1 run and brought MSU back within a point at 23-22, but a Lofton kill followed by an IU termination by Hayden Huybers sandwiched around a Bailey kill gave IU the second set by a 25-23 score. The Hoosiers hit .243 in the frame, but put up five blocks to hold MSU to a .231 hitting percentage. MSU committed just three unforced hitting errors to 17 kills, (.231), but the Hoosiers were able to side out at 66% in the second set as compared to just 43% in the first. Autumn Bailey had six kills and another ace to push her match totals to 10 and five, hitting .429 (10-1-21).  
  • SET THREE: The Spartans refused to spot any lead to IU in the early part of the set as they had in the first two, and built to a 13-9 lead by hitting .450 (9-0-20). IU took its first time out with that four-point deficit. MSU built to its largest lead of the night , 19-12, as Minarick dumped her eighth kill of the night over the net that forced IU's second time out. The Spartans improved their hitting efficiency to better than 52% as their lead grew, and won the race to 20 with a six-point lead. A rash of service errors led to the teams trading points, but a lengthy rally ended on a Garvelink kill that gave MSU an eight-point edge; she followed that with a block to make it 23-14. Kranda and Minarick finished it off with back-to-back kills; MSU hit .500 in the set (16-0-32) to take the 2-1 match edge. Toliver and Minarick each had four kills to lead MSU.  
  • SET FOUR: MSU built to a five-point edge, 13-8, on the strength of hitting .438 (8-1-16). The Hoosiers twice came within three points, and MSU held a 21-18 edge after an MSU hitting error. Service errors plagued both teams in the third set and again in the fourth, but the Spartans remained in control without letting IU closer than three points. The Spartans got to match point on an IU hitting error (24-21), but the Hoosiers regrouped to fight off match point three times - first it was Beerman with a kill that kissed the back line., and then she followed with an ace, and then the Hoosiers came within a point on a block on the right pin to make it 24-23 MSU. After an MSU timeout, Beerman continued her service run, but a ball-handling error gave the Spartans the 25-23 win. The Spartans hit .353 in the frame, and committed just two hitting errors in the final two sets.
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