Aug. 29, 1997

Spartan Volleyball Team Wins Season Opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The 6th-ranked Michigan State volleyball team came from behind to knock off Duke in five games (8-15, 15-12, 12-15, 15-3, 16-14) in the first round of the Goff/MSU Volleyball Classic in East Lansing. Duke took a 14-12 advantage in the deciding fifth game before junior Lindsey Clayton's kill tied the ball game at 14-14. Clayton teamed with junior Jenna Wrobel for a block to give MSU a 15-14 lead and the match was decided when Clayton and Corie Richard combined to stuff Maureen Reindl.

The victory improved MSU's home winning streak to 13 matches. Wrobel paced the Spartans with 24 kills to put her over the 1,000-kill mark in her career. Wrobel also added 18 digs and five block assists. Clayton finished the match with seven kills and six block assists.

Freshman setter Vicki Basil started her first collegiate match and contributed 55 assists and eight digs. Rookie Christie Landry also started the match and served up two aces to open the match. Landry ended the night with two service aces and 14 digs.

Michigan State faces Xavier at noon on Saturday, Aug. 30, and closes out the Goff/MSU Volleyball Classic with an 8 p.m., match against the 14th-ranked Trojans of Southern California. USC knocked off Xavier, 15-4, 15-5, 15-7, in the first match of the tourney tonight.