Following last year’s NCAA Tournament run that ended in the regional semifinals, the MSU volleyball team opened its season on Friday with unfinished business.
The Spartans’ first two matches of the season were played in Birmingham, Ala. against Southeastern Louisiana and the host, Alabama-Birmingham. The day could not have gone much better for the Spartans, as they swept each of their opponents 3-0.
Though in the midst of preparations for the quickly approaching 2014 season, Spartan women’s volleyball spent some time giving back and instilling the love of the game in the hearts of young girls.
All-American libero Kori Moster is one of the Spartans working this year’s summer camps.
“Really just trying to make an impact on them as a volleyball player and make them have some fun,” Moster said.
With the addition of two teams to the Big Ten Conference this fall, the Spartans look to amp up their 2014 fall season with strong non-conference play and begin the battle of Big Ten volleyball with the release of the 2014-15 schedule.
In the 2013 season, eight teams from the Big Ten made it to the NCAA Tournament. The National Championship match was a Big Ten matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State, marking the Big Ten as one of the best volleyball conferences.
Michigan State: 25, 17, 17, 22
Penn State: 22, 25, 25, 25
What began as a seemingly favorable game for MSU, winning the first set 25-22, ended in favor of Penn State.
Michigan State made it to the Sweet-16 in back-to-back seasons and fell in both. Last year, it was to Michigan.
After a 3-1 victory over No. 17 Kentucky at their home court in Lexington last Sunday, the Spartans’ next opponent will be No. 2 Penn State this Friday at 5 p.m.
Although the Nittany Lions are 1-1 this season against MSU, Penn State is now on a 21-game winning streak since their loss to MSU in September.
“We’re very familiar with them. They’re a great team, they have great momentum going into this tournament and some unbelievably physical players,” head coach Cathy George said.
Michigan State Volleyball did not receive a top-16 seed for the NCAA tournament on the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Selection Show, but did receive an at-large bid.
This is the Spartans’ third consecutive at-large tournament bid as they will take on Ohio in Lexington, Ky.
The Spartans finished their season 21-11 overall with a 10-10 Big Ten record after beating Michigan 3-0 in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, and losing to Purdue in a five set battle. Read More…
ANN ARBOR, Mich.– No. 20 Michigan State will play No. 23 Michigan on the road tonight to try and redeem themselves from their heartbreaking 3-1 loss earlier in the season.
After opening the Big Ten season 6-0, the Spartans have gone 9-3 ever since.
Wisconsin (3): 22, 25, 25, 25
Michigan State (1): 25, 20, 21, 23
After splitting the past three weekends and falling one spot in the AVCA Top 25, Michigan State tried to increase their chances of getting a top 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament against No. 15 Wisconsin. Read More…
Spartans are trying to finish strong as they split the last two weekends. Traveling to No. 9 Nebraska and Iowa will be a test to see if the No. 16 Spartans can stay in the Big Ten championship run. Read More…
Michigan State split last weekend with a win over Ohio State to snap their losing streak but suffered a loss to Penn State. Jennifer Swanchara looks at what went down last weekend for the Spartans while looking ahead at the competition of Northwestern and Illinois. Taylor Galloway and Coach Cathy George give their opinion on what happened last weekend and what is to happen on the road.
Past the halfway point of the Big Ten season, after falling to four in a row Michigan State looks to improve their 7-4 Big Ten record this weekend against Ohio State and Penn State at home. Read More…
The Spartans are off to their best start since 1995 with a 17-1 record. They are ranked No. 5 in the country and the top dog of the Big Ten conference as they look ahead to travel to Minneapolis and Madison.
On top of that, the co-Big Ten players of the week had identical performances, which made it an appealing game to watch. Read More…
The Spartans are off to their best start since 1995 with a 17-1 record. They are ranked No. 5 in the country and the top dog of the Big Ten conference as they look ahead to travel to Minneapolis and Madison. Read More…
The Spartans are off to a powerful start in the Big Ten conference. They will play Iowa in a “Pink Game” Friday to support breast cancer awareness month and Nebraska on Saturday in a battle for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. Read More…
The Spartans welcomed Iowa to Jenison Field House to celebrate and recognize those affected by breast cancer.
On the first edition of Bump, Set, Spike…
Jennifer Swanchara recaps the historic conference opening weekend Michigan State had on the road against Penn State and Ohio State.