May 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State volleyball concluded another successful Spring season going undefeated through four weekends of competition. The Spartans finished its last two weekends in East Lansing where they defeated Bowling Green, Illinois State, Toledo and Ferris State at home, and then in Maumee, Ohio where they topped Dayton, 3-0.
"We had a very productive spring," head coach Cathy George said. "We picked up where we left off and continued to challenge our team to new heights. It was important for us to improve in areas that we felt needed attention, and we saw continual growth.
Lauren Wicinski had 10 kills against Dayton and both Alexis Mathews and Kelsey Kuipers each had six. Kristen Kelsay added 21 assists while Halle Peterson had 16. Kori Moster led the Spartans defensively with 16 digs.
"Alexis Matthews really improved her game offensively," George said. "She became a factor in transition like she never has before. We asked our players to play in more than one position which improved their versatility and will help the Spartans this fall. We had everybody doing just about everything to improve their overall volleyball skills."
Michigan State is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance last season and is looking to build on the strong campaign. Both captains return from last year's squad. Kelsay and Moster will push the Spartans through the summer to prepare for the 2013 season.
"Returning our leadership keeps our vision very clear," George said of the returning captains. "The captains have studied leadership and recognize both strengths and weaknesses and where teams can drift. They're very, very good of keeping our team on task. They work well with people. They're very aware of where we are, what we need to do, and where we want to go."
Michigan State will now work on their own in summer workouts to prepare for the 2013 season.
"The goals are higher no doubt and yes, we did have a great finish to our season, but, we have unfinished business and that will motivate us throughout the summer and fall . We have such a strong conference year in and year out. To win the Big Ten you will not only need a lot of talent but a great deal of detail, discipline and drive... it is not easy."