Volleyball Falls 3-0 to Ohio State in Final Match of Regular Season
Nov. 28, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio. - The Michigan State volleyball team (17-15, 5-15), in its final match of the regular season, fell 3-0 to Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 28, in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are now 24-9 overall and 12-8 in the Big Ten. Sophomore Becca Zlabis (Wheaton, Ill.) led all Spartans with her eight kills on the night.
The Spartans got behind early in the first set, 7-2. MSU pulled within three to make the score 9-6. After the score was 17-12, MSU went on a five-point rally to tie the match at 17 each. After Ohio State scored five of six points to the score 21-18, Michigan State pulled back within two after score two straight points. The Buckeyes closed out the set by scoring three of the last four points, bring the set score to 25-21. Zlabis led the Spartans with her three kills in the set.
MSU responded in the second set by getting out to an early 3-1 lead. However, OSU found itself leading by six, with the score 16-10. The Spartans regained the lead after scoring seven straight points, 17-16. Michigan State was only able to score three more set points as Ohio State earned the 25-20 second set win. Zlabis once again led the Spartan attack with three kills.
Michigan State came out in the final set behind 3-1. Ohio State grew its lead to four, making the score 8-4. MSU pulled within two as the score became 9-7. However, OSU scored four of five points to bring the score to 17-9. The Buckeyes wound up taking the third and final set by a score 25-15. Junior Megan Schatzle (Monroe, Mich.) and sophomore Kyndra Abron (Livonia, Mich.) each recorded five kills.
Sophomore Natalie Emro (Wildwood, Mo.) led all Spartans with her 29 assists. Emro also led the team with two blocks. Junior Allyson Karaba (Muskegon, Mich.) contributed to the MSU defense with 14 digs. Schatzle tallied seven kills while Abron added another six. Freshman Cheyenne VanDerSteen (Grand Ledge, Mich.) also added nine digs for the Spartan defense.
The Spartans now must wait until tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 29, for the NCAA Selection Show to see if they will participate in the annual post-season tournament. The selection show can be seen at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNews.
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