Rachel Minarick

Spartans Show Improvement, but Fall to Duke in Five Sets

Big Ten-ACC Challenge play continued for the No. 14 Spartans Saturday evening against No. 19 Duke.

The Spartans displayed more cohesive offensive play than in Friday’s three-set loss to No. 20 North Carolina, but fell to the Blue Devils 3-2 in five sets: 25-13, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 10-15.

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Spartans Fall to UNC in Home Opener

There was no shortage of energy at Jenison Field House Friday night.

It was evident in the stands, obvious on the court.

However, it did not work in the Spartans’ favor.

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Spartan Volleyball Streaky in Tournament, Routs Jacksonville State

Following MSU football’s 45-7 statement win against Jacksonville State Friday night, MSU volleyball looked to handle Jacksonville State today at the UAB/Samford Invitational tournament.

And in the end, this Jacksonville State team was game for the Spartans.

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Volleyball Sweeps Both Opponents to Start Season

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.

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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…

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