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Michigan State Volleyball garners Big Ten honors following resurgent season

Jack Moreland
MSU head volleyball coach Leah Johnson watches her team against Michigan on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at the Breslin Center.

EAST LANSING – After capping off their season with a 17-14 overall record and a 9-11 conference finish, three Michigan State volleyball players received Big Ten postseason honors.

Freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem and fifth year middle blocker Amani McArthur each earned a spot on the second team all Big Ten. In addition, Holdem received a bid for the conference all freshman team. Junior setter Julia Bishop gained recognition as MSU’s sportsmanship honoree as well.

Holdem made her impression felt throughout the season with 399 kills, which was the most out of any Spartan this season. She also finished with the second most digs on the team with 238. McArthur proved to be an offensive weapon, with 186 kills, 28 solo blocks, and 88 block assists.

Both blocking statics by McArthur were the most by anyone on the team. Bishop filled the role of elite distributor, with 524 assists, the most on the squad this season.

These honors come off a big improvement season for the Spartans in head coach Leah Johnson’s second year, as MSU more than doubled its conference wins from this season compared to last year. The nine conference wins became the most since 2017, and the overall 17 wins were the most since 2018.

Other notable achievements over the season include the first season sweep of Michigan since 2006, and setting the attendance record at the Breslin Center, with 8,789 spectators in the October matchup with Nebraska. MSU also averaged a home attendance mark of 4,090 spectators per match, which ranked sixth nationally.

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Jack Moreland, Sports Photo Editor
Jack (he/him) is a Journalism major focusing in sports reporting and media photography. Growing up in nearby Okemos, Michigan, he has been a lifelong Spartan and is proud to sport the green and white. Jack is a big Baby Keem fan and is known to post on your block with your wishlist on you.

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