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Volleyball Takes Down San Diego, Advances to Second Round
 
 
 
Kori Moster had a career-high 29 digs in a 3-2 win over San Diego.
 
Kori Moster had a career-high 29 digs in a 3-2 win over San Diego.
 
 

Dec. 1, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Michigan State (24-9) volleyball took down San Diego (21-7) in five sets on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans won by scores of 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 18-25 and 15-11. MSU hit .500 percent in the final set and notched 10 kills to along with zero errors.

The Spartans were led by double-doubles from both Alexis Mathews and Lauren Wicinski. Mathews recorded 14 kills and 10 blocks, while Wicinski had 20 kills and 10 digs. Kori Moster, Big Ten Defensive Player of the year, had a career high 29 digs in the match.

Michigan State took the fifth set 15-10 to close out the match and did not record an error in the frame while hitting .500 percent and had ten kills. The Spartans led 8-4 after a kill from Amy Dentlinger and they both switched sides. San Diego cut the lead to 8-7 and forced a MSU timeout but the Spartans responded with two straight kills and took a 10-7 lead. Alexis Mathews and Taylor Galloway had a block to make it 13-9 and Galloway notched a kill to make it 14-10. Lauren Wicinski sent the Spartans to the second round with her 20th kill of the night, Wicinski also had three aces in the match.

"I thought we did some really good things at times, they came back, made some adjustments and did a really nice job," head coach Cathy George said. "Overall, I thought the match was flat at times. There wasn't a lot of energy in this huge building. We had to create our energy and grind it out at times. They are a great defensive team."

Michigan State took the fifth set 15-10 to close out the match and did not record an error in the frame. The Spartans hit .500 percent and had ten kills. The Spartans led 8-4 after a kill from Amy Dentlinger and they both switched sides. San Diego cut the lead to 8-7 and forced a MSU timeout. The Spartans responded with two straight kills and took a 10-7 lead. Alexis Mathews and Taylor Galloway had a block to make it 13-9 and Galloway notched a kill to make it 14-10. Lauren Wicinski sent the Spartans to the second round with her 20th kill of the night, Wicinski also had three aces in the match.

The Spartans opened the NCAA Tournament with a 25-19 win in the first set, to take a 1-0 lead over San Diego. Michigan State took its first lead of the match at 13-12 after a San Diego error. MSU used that to rattle off a 6-0 run thereafter to take a 19-12 lead. Jazmine White and Taylor Galloway combined for a block to make it 22-17 and Lauren Wicinski ended the set with a kill from the left side.

San Diego evened the match at 1-1 after a 25-23 win in set two. The Spartans took a 16-11 after a 5-0 run but the Toreros responded with a 5-0 run of their own, tying the match at 17-17. Lauren Wicinski notched her second ace of the night to make it 22-21 in favor of MSU. San Diego took the set after a kill from Katie Hoekman followed by a service ace from Jianna Bonomi.

MSU took a 2-1 match lead with a 25-20 win in the third set. The Toreros hit just .047 percent and MSU had a .220 mark. The Spartans jumped out to a 7-3 lead and led 15-12 at the media timeout after a kill from Alexis Mathews. Michigan State led 21-19 when Mathews took over the set. She recorded four consecutive kills for the Spartans, giving MSU the 25-20 victory.

The tides turned in set four and Michigan State hit just .053 percent, leading to a 25-18 win for San Diego and they evened the match at 2-2. Katie Hokeman had a solo block in the middle for San Diego to send it to a fifth set.

Junior Kristen Kelsay had 32 assists and Halle Peterson had 23. Taylor Galloway had eight kills and 14 digs, while Moster reeled in a career-high 29 digs. Mathews and Wicinski each recorded double-double performances. And Mathews had more than 10 blocks for just the second time this season.

The Spartans will face either UCLA or LIU Brooklyn tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET inside Pauley Pavilion in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

 

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