Sept. 12, 1997

Spartan Volleyball Drops Tourney Opener to South Florida

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The 11th-ranked Spartan volleyball team was upset by South Florida, 15-13, 15-7, 15-12, in the first round of the UC Santa Barbara/Judy Bellomo Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Spartans, who are 5-2 overall, could must just two team blocks and hit .270. Junior co-captain Jenna Wrobel hit .333 with 23 kills and seven digs to lead MSU. Senior outside hitter Veronica Morales added 15 kills and 11 digs.

Junior setter Kelly Penney started the first match of her career, posting 52 assists and a career-high 11 digs.

South Florida (7-2) hit .351 as a team, led by senior Paula Araujošs 17 kills and 14 digs.