Volleyball Ends Season, Falls To No. 8 Ohio State, 3-0

Nov. 27, 2004

Final Stats

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Kim Schram had a team-best 13 kills, freshman Meghan Schoen added 10 of her own on .368 hitting, and Marley Bellwood had 19 digs for the second consecutive match as Michigan State volleyball ended its 2004 season with a 3-0 loss (30-24, 30-25, 30-20) to No. 8 Ohio State in Jenison Field House Saturday. The Spartans close the year at 12-16 overall and 7-13 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State is now 27-3 on the year and 17-3 in league play.

"These were two challenging matches in Penn State and Ohio State this weekend," said head coach Chuck Erbe. "I am pleased with the effort they showed. We knew coming into the weekend that it would be a daunting challenge; we played two teams fighting for a Big Ten championship, and this team was fighting for pride."

Schram had five digs and two blocks to go along with her 13 kills, while Schoen added three digs and two service aces to her 10 kills (10K-3E-19TA). Bellwood posted a service ace as well as her 19 digs. Brooke Langston hit .312 on the night, with eight kills and three errors on 16 total attacks. Setter Maggie Griffin had 39 assists, a service ace, four digs and two blocks. In their final match as Spartans, senior Michelle Kopka had six kills, four digs, three blocks and two assists, while classmate Diana Steplyk had six digs.


Senior Michelle Kopka finished her career with six kills and three blocks against Ohio State Saturday.

SU won the first game, 30-24, after jumping on a six-point service run from Stacey Gordon that made the score 10-4. MSU closed within two at 24-22, before the Buckeyes took the game as Gordon posted three kills in the game's final six points. OSU hit .277 (19K-6E-47TA) to MSU's .143 (16K-9E-49TA). Schram posted seven kills on .300 hitting, while Griffin had 12 assists. Bellwood had seven digs, and Langston added a block solo and a block assist. Gordon had six kills and seven digs in the game.

Both teams improved their hitting in the second game, as Ohio State hit .415 (21K-4E-41TA) to MSU's .359 (19K-5E-39TA). A much more balanced game throughout, MSU hung within four points of the Buckeyes early, though OSU pulled out to a six-point lead thanks to a three-point service run from Briana McCarthy. The Spartans couldn't recover and fell, 30-25. Schoen and Schram each had five kills, while Kopka, Langston and Katie Johnson had three apiece. Griffin had 19 assists, while Langston had three blocks. Bellwood added six digs.

The teams battled in the first third of the final game, but the Buckeyes took control at a 14-14 tie and never looked back, taking the match with the 30-20 victory. Marisa Main served OSU throughout a four-point run that put Ohio State up, 24-18, and the Buckeyes rolled from there. Michigan State hit .150 (10K-4E-40TA) in the game, while Ohio State hit .378 (19K-5E-37TA). Griffin posted eight assists, and Bellwood had six digs. Schoen recorded three kills, while Kopka, Langston and Johnson each had two.

Diana Steplyk had six digs in her final match as a Spartan Saturday.

The Spartans end their season with a losing record for the first time since 1993, when they went 9-22 on the year, and will not participate in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 as well. MSU's last losing season in the Big Ten was in the 1994 season, when the Spartans went 9-11.

MSU's seniors--Schram, Kopka and Steplyk--close out their careers with a combined four-year record of 73-48, and were part of Spartan squads that advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinal (2002) and NCAA Second Round (2001). Schram ends her career as one of the program's top three kills leaders.