Sept. 5, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State travels to Boston, Mass., Sept. 7-Sept. 8 for the Harvard Invitational. At the two-day event, MSU will take on Wofford, Boston College, Delaware State and Harvard, none of which the Spartans have before faced.
Sweeping at Home
State won its seventh consecutive Spartan Invitational crown last weekend, going 3-0. The Green and White shut out Missouri State and Florida State 3-0 and defeated Kansas 3-2. Katie Johnson earned her second Spartan Invitational MVP honor and helped MSU even its record to 3-3 early in the year.
Michigan State volleyball passed a mile marker over the weekend picking up its 601st program victory; the Spartans are now 601-559-18. The 600th win came against Kansas Aug. 31, where MSU defeated the Jayhawks 3-2. The program's 601st win was a 3-0 sweep of Florida State Sept. 1. Additionally, head coach Cathy George approaches a career moment to remember as the third-year coach needs one win to total 400 career victories. George own a 399-257 career mark in her 21-year tenure, including a 34-33 record at Michigan State.
Scouting the Spartans
Senior outside hitters Ashley Schatzle and Katie Johnson continue to highlight the Green and White attack, while senior defensive specialist Miken Trogdon anchors the backcourt. Johnson was named to this year's Preseason All-Big Ten Team for the second consecutive year, and Schatzle was a 2006 All-Big Ten honoree. Freshman Lauren O'Reilly directs the offense as the starting setter, and freshman middle blocker Jenilee Rathje controls the front row defense.
Merry Katie and Ashley
Senior outside hitter Ashley Schatzle leads the Green and White with 5.14 kills/game, 71 digs and 3.23 digs/game, while she leads both MSU and the Big Ten standings with 113 kills. Classmate outside hitter Katie Johnson has also earned impresive offensive numbers; in service rankings, the outside hitter is tied for seventh in conference standings averaging 0.50 aces/game.
Nobody Does It Like Jenilee
Topping the defensive effort at the net, Jenilee Rathje has totalled 20 blocks in her debut, five solo and 15 assists. The freshman's number's lead the Spartans in the defensive category.
`King' At The Net
Against Kansas, middle blocker Vanessa King crushed out her best 2007 effort at the net. King tallied 15 kills, just one shy of her career high. In 2006 King posted one of the best defensive performances by a freshman in Michigan State history during her 2006 rookie campaign. She saw action in all 31 matches, and finished the year ranked third with 87 block assists and tied for fifth with 1.00 blocks per game in the MSU freshman record book.