Women’s Sports

Spartans Prep for Clemson Invitational

Michigan State continues their crusade to reach the NCAA rankings this weekend at the two-day Clemson Invitational at Lake Hartwell, S.C. The Spartans have been just shy of the national polls for several weeks in a row, receiving eleven votes at the last polling period, and will need a strong performance this weekend if they hope to convince the voters that they deserve a spot in the NCAA Tourney.

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Coxswain – #2 – 4/17/14

On the second episode of Coxswain, host Nathaniel Gaynor fittingly recaps the MSU women’s rowing double dual in Belleville, Mich.

Men’s crew club picked up a race on April 5 at the Cincinnati Regatta after their home race, the Lansing State Cup, was cancelled. They finally begin their originally scheduled season in Spring Lake, Mich. and Nathaniel has the recap of the event.

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Secret Society – #9 – 4/16/14

Michigan State Pompon assistant coach Alex Brekke and executive board member Melissa Novak chatted with Bradley Allen on episode nine of Secret Society. They discussed their love for the sport of pompon, what to look forward to next season, and some of their favorite memories.

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Track and Field Finish up Their Split Weekend

Michigan State’s track and field team concluded their split weekend at the Tennessee Relays and the Don Kleinow Invite at Siena Heights University with progress on their minds.

Starting off the competition on Friday at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., redshirt freshman Vinny Gjokaj earned his first collegiate win in the discus with a PR of 53.46m.

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In-State Rival Dominates Spartans

It was a cloudy Sunday as Michigan State faced off against the University of Michigan. Although the Spartans avoided a predicted rainstorm, they did not miss the downpour the Wolverines’ offense brought to the plate in the final inning.

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Spartans Split Big Ten Double Dual

Michigan State women’s rowing had an uneven Saturday in Belleville, Mich., splitting its double dual race and falling to No. 15 Wisconsin in the morning, but beating the Minnesota Gophers in the afternoon.

In winning the two novice eight events against Wisconsin, the Spartans started out the day strong. The novice eight won their event by nearly a full length. The second novice eight had a tighter race against the Badgers, but ended up winning by a half length and posting the best time of the day.

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Rowing Club Prepares for Lubbers Cup

As the team continues its relentless march, the Michigan State men’s crew club will be preparing to race in the 19th annual Don Lubbers Cup Regatta this weekend on Saturday, April 12. This will be MSU’s sixth race of the season, and third of the spring.

During their last outing in the Cincinnati Regatta, the varsity eight finished second behind Cincinnati by three seconds in the final race.

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A Split Weekend for MSU Track and Field

Michigan State track and field are splitting up.

At least for this weekend’s competition.

The majority of the sprinters, pole vaulters, vertical jumpers and throwers will be heading south to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Relays. Meanwhile, the distance group and some younger athletes will stay close to home for the Siena Heights Invitational in Adrian, Mich.

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Michigan State Remembers Lacey Holsworth at Rock

Several hundred Michigan State students gathered at the Rock on Michigan State’s campus Wednesday night to honor 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer the night before.

Holsworth, affectionately known as “Princess Lacey,” developed a special relationship with MSU basketball senior Adreian Payne. The two met when the basketball team made a visit to the hospital that Holsworth had been staying at. Their friendship grew quickly to the point where Payne had begun calling her his “little sister.”

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And the Award Goes To…

The Division-I Lady Spartan hockey team’s season came to an end this past March in Delaware.

Michigan State earned a bid to nationals where they competed for a championship during the tournament, but unfortunately came up short.

The Spartans failed to advance to the semi-finals after losing their first two games (5-1 to Miami of Ohio and 4-3 to Rhode Island.) In their third and final game of the tournament, MSU defeated Michigan 4-3 in overtime.

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Focusing on the Process

After winning the Big Ten championship last year, Michigan State’s field hockey team is looking to get back to where they left off.

When their season ended in early November, the team was given a two-month break and then it was back to work.

Despite losing five seniors to graduation, head coach Helen Knull is pleased with what she has seen from her team so far.

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Penn State Sweeps Spartans in Series

Scoring early in the game gave Penn State the edge they needed, as they swept the softball series against Michigan State over the weekend. They won the final game 6-0 on Sunday at Secchia Stadium.

Nittany Lion pitchers Christy VonPusch and Marlaina Laubach only gave up three hits the entire game.

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Track and Field Stays Home This Weekend for Spartan Invite

For most athletes, the “home court advantage” saying is tired and true. But for MSU track and field athletes, they only get one chance to reap the benefits of their own facilities.

This weekend, MSU’s track and field program welcomed close to 1,200 athletes at the Spartan Invite, with competition taking place at Munn Field, Jenison Field House and Ralph Young Field.

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Back-to-Back Home Runs and 3-1 Lead Not Enough

After allowing a four-run rally in the sixth inning, back-to-back home runs in the fifth proved not to be enough for the Spartans who lost 7-3 to the Nittany Lions on Saturday at Secchia Stadium.

Penn State took an early lead in the top of the third with a single run scored by outfielder Alyssa Sovereign.

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Last Leg – #6 – 4/5/14

School is starting to wind its way down, but the outdoor MSU track and field season is just revving up.

In episode six of Last Leg, Alexa is joined by Coxswain host Nathaniel Gaynor in studio as mid-distance freshman runner Aubrey Wilberding and distance coach Lisa Senakiewich stop by to talk about the season.

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Nittany Lions Rain on Spartans’ Parade

Rain and defeat poured over the Spartans at the hands of the visiting Nittany Lions as the Spartans lost their first game of the series, 9-3.

This was the Spartans’ first game on their home field at Secchia Stadium after their original home opener against Western Michigan had been cancelled due to weather.

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Coxswain – #1 – 4/3/14

The ice is finally melting and the women’s rowing season has begun.

In the first episode of Coxswain, host Nathaniel Gaynor recaps MSU’s weekend races against Rutgers, Boston University, Brown and Princeton and later talks with MSU women’s rowing coach Matt Weise about breaking ice off of the river, coaching against former Spartans and past issues with team culture.

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