Women’s Sports

Last Leg – #8 – 6/10/14

Alexa McCarthy, host of Last Leg, is back just in time for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship this week in Eugene, Oregon.

McCarthy runs through all five of MSU’s athletes who will be attending the Championship and talks with the women making their way to nationals: Leah O’Connor, Rachele Schulist and Tori Franklin. With them, she covers everything from motivational rituals, first time jitters and teammate bonding.

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And Then There Were Five

Michigan State track and field just got a lot smaller after this past weekend’s NCAA Eastern Regional meet in Jacksonville, Fla.

The team had five athletes place in the top 12 of their event to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Ore.

Qualifiers include Antonio James in the shot put and discus, Leah O’Connor in the 3,000m steeplechase, Tori Franklin in the triple jump and Rachele Schulist in the 5,000m. Kurt Schneider previously posted a qualifying mark in the decathlon.

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Volleyball Finalizes Recruiting Class

After back-to-back NCAA Tournament sweet sixteen appearances in the most competitive conference in the country, the loss of four seniors to graduation left volleyball coach Cathy George facing one of the toughest things to deal with as a college coach — rebuilding.

The Spartans lost Kristen Kelsay and All-American Alexis Mathews to graduation. Mathews traveled this past winter to participate in the USA Volleyball National Team’s winter training block in Anaheim, Calif. Kelsay was the Detroit Athletic Club 2013 Athlete of the Year and the fifth Spartan to ever earn the honor. Read More…

Spartans Head South and Think Straight before Regionals

Classes have been out for a month, but Michigan State track and field is still hard at work.

The team has been in Jacksonville, Fla. for the past week, preparing for the NCAA Eastern Regional meet that will take place this weekend.

Skilled thrower Antonio James does not put it lightly when asked what it takes to do well in this meet.

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Women’s Golf Finished Season Strong, 20th at Nationals

It was a stellar finish to an incredible career in the Green and White for senior Allyssa Ferrell.

With her top 10 finish, Ferrell became just the third Spartan in Michigan State history to finish in the top 10 individually at Nationals.

Ferrell was dominant throughout all four rounds, no matter the conditions. Read More…

Secret Society – #14 – 5/28/14

Ever wonder how club sports at Michigan State operate? Assistant Director of MSU Recreational Sports Angela Michael stopped by Secret Society and gave the inside scoop.

Host Bradley Allen inquires about the requirements and benefits of being an official club sport versus being just a registered student organization. Angela explained some of the history of all of MSU’s recreational facilities, and also the transition from being on the swimming & diving team as a student to working as a lifeguard. Read More…

Spartans Post Best Score In Second Round of National Championships

In the second round of the national championship, the Michigan State Spartans beat the other top 23 teams in the country to earn the best score at three-over-par (283).

It is beginning to sound like a broken record at this point, as the Spartans were led by their three seniors who all have three Big Ten Championship titles to their credit.

Allyssa Ferrell, who kept the Spartans from falling too far out of contention in the first round by posting a one-under-par 69, made sure that people knew that was no fluke. Read More…

Tough Day for Rowing at Big Ten Championships

The women’s rowing Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. were rough for the Spartans, as MSU came home with only one boat taking away a medal, finishing in fifth place at the regatta on the Eagle Creek Reservoir.

MSU’s fourth-seeded varsity four took third place to win the only medal of the day while the fifth-seeded varsity eight finished fifth.

Though it was a rough day for MSU collectively, a few Spartans managed to take home individual awards.

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An Unknown Dream Becomes Reality

Once high school comes to an end, most athletes hang up their cleats alongside any dreams of playing on the grand stage of a collegiate World Series.

The 13 players of the Michigan State club softball team took that dusty dream and made it their reality for the second consecutive year.

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Progress Made and Lessons Learned for Track and Field

The way head track and field head coach Walt Drenth sees it, having a presence is better than none at all.

The Spartans ended their weekend at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship with a total of 10 medals and lessons learned. The women finished sixth with a total of 85 points and the men finished 11th with 37.

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Spartans Looking to Fill Gaps at Big Ten Outdoor Championship

Spartan track and field is heading to Indiana to show the Big Ten the progress they have made in the short months, since the conference last convened in early March.

After an arguably more successful, but scattered, outdoor season than indoor season, the team is looking to fill the gaps they left open and have since filled since the Indoor Championship.

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Secret Society – #12 – 5/7/14

While most MSU students are wrapping up their school year, some club sports are just getting started. This week’s guests are all about swimming, biking and running.

On the 12th installment of the Impact Sports Club Sports podcast, Secret Society host Bradley Allen met up with Josh Isaacson and Santiago Arrangoiz of Michigan State Triathlon.

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Women’s Golf Makes Nationals for Third Consecutive Year

The Michigan State Spartans women’s golf team will be going to the National Championships for the third consecutive year under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

The Spartans were in control of their finish from the start, as they started the tournament posting their best mark of any day, a 291 three-over-par, and were in fifth place as the day concluded.

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Track and Field Create Momentum over the Weekend

The word “momentum” has been the key word lately for Michigan State track and field.

With one last major meet before the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, the athletes were hoping for a good outcome to surge them into a good place in the rankings.

At the Dave Rankin Invitational hosted by Purdue this weekend, the team had the opportunity to race against Big Ten teams such as Ohio State and Purdue giving MSU a taste of the competition to come. MSU proved that certain events were no longer a work in progress. Read More…

Northwestern Sweeps Softball in Final Big Ten Weekend

In the final weekend of Big Ten conference play, the Northwestern Wildcats swept the Spartans.

Coming into the three-game series, the Wildcats were on a four-game losing streak before the Spartans came to town. This streak came to a stifling end, with the 8-0 victory the ‘Cats had over MSU on May 2, the first game of the series.

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Track and Field Racing Together for the First Time in a Month

After a month of competing separately, Spartan track and field is back together again.

The team will be competing at the site of the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championship in Bloomington, Ind. for the Billy Hayes Invitational.

“I think spending some time together is important to get reconnected, get a better sense of team,” said head coach Walt Drenth. “The other advantages of going down to Purdue, is that they are the hosts of the conference meet.” Read More…

Women’s Golf Wins Big Ten Championship

The Michigan State women’s golf team won the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, April 27 in French Lick, Ind.

The Spartans split the Championship with Big Ten foe Ohio State, as the teams each shot a 31-over-par 895. This marks the third time in four years the Spartans will be taking home the hardware, and that speaks to the consistency of the program under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

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Secret Society – #11 – 4/30/14

Moose is back on Secret Society!

Fellow Impact Sports multimedia journalist, Romero Hardy, sat in on the podcast with host Bradley Allen to talk with the women’s ultimate frisbee club.

The hosts discovered the teammates their favorite extracurricular activities, and the relationships they have developed through ultimate frisbee.

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Softball Celebrates Senior Day at Secchia

The senior Lady Spartans took the field at Secchia Stadium for their final time on Sunday. The five seniors, four players and Bryan Rourke, four-year student manager,were joined by their family members on the field to be honored for their contribution to the program over their collegiate years. The seniors gathered with their family members to create an unforgettable moment singing the fight song together for the final time on their home field.

Senior, Emma Fernandez was escorted on the back of her brother with her parents at her side with the goal to make sure the day was fun rather than something to be upset about.

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Softball Falls to No. 19 Cornhuskers

With a scoreless game until the top of the fifth, the Spartans held their own against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as MSU lost 2-0 on Friday at Secchia Stadium.

Freshman pitcher Valerie Kaff threw her 10th complete game of the season, scattering five hits.

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