No. 10 Michigan State earned a 3-1 victory (25-19, 25-27, 25-21, 25-16) over rival Michigan on Wednesday evening behind four double-digit kill performances and a career-best 58 assists from senior Rachel Minarick. The Spartans improved to 14-4 overall and stand at 7-2 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are 13-8, 3-6 in Conference play.
Michigan State has a split week of action ahead, hosting Michigan on Wednesday for the annual Jam Jenison event before a trip to College Park to take on Maryland on Saturday. Wednesday’s match will be a White Out at Jenison Field House, with the first 500 fans receiving Jam Jenison T-shirts.
Michigan State posted a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-13, 25-21) over Rutgers on Saturday in New Jersey. The No. 10 Spartans got at least two kills from every non-DS who played in the game and improved to 13-4 overall and 6-2 in Big Ten play, while Rutgers falls to 5-15 and 0-8.
No. 10 Michigan State suffered its second Big Ten loss of the year on the road Friday night, falling in four sets at No. 2 Penn State (18-25, 25-15, 28-30, 18-25). The Spartans fall to 12-4, 5-2 in Big Ten play.PSU was led by Simone Lee, who had 17 kills and 13 digs. Haleigh Washington had 13 kills and four blocks, hitting .414.
Friday’s match pits two of the league’s 5-1 teams against one another – No. 2 Penn State and No. 10 Spartans face off for the first of two matches in 2017. The teams have met just once in each of the last three seasons – all matches that went the way of the Nittany Lions, who hold a five-game winning streak in the series. MSU’s last win came in September of 2013, a 3-2 win over then-No. 1 PSU at Rec Hall.
Outside of the Top 5, the big news is the continued climb of Michigan State. The Spartans, 12-3 on the season with plenty of quality wins, have climbed from the sea of unranked teams all the way to No. 10 this week, their highest ranking of the season. The Spartans took a loss against No. 4 Nebraska last week, but they kept marching, returning to form in their very next match with a win over then-No. 7 Wisconsin. Cathy George’s team, led by seven seniors, has been resilient and consistent this year, and the Spartans are deserving of a Top 10 ranking. The question now is what they’ll do with this ranking, A matchup with No. 2 Penn State is next up.
No. 14 Michigan State salvaged a split of its third week of Big Ten play, earning a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Wisconsin (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16) at Jenison Field House.MSU swept the season series from Wisconsin for the first time since. 2012; MSU and the Badgers had met just once in each of the last three seasons. MSU won a 3-2 battle on opening night of 2017 Big Ten play in Madison , snapping a five-game winning streak for Wisconsin in the series.
No. 4 Nebraska emerged in the battle of the Big Ten unbeatens, downing MSU 3-1. MSU is now 11-3 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten action, while the Huskers are now 12-4 and the league’s only unbeaten team in Conference play, 5-0.
Michigan State enters the third week of Big Ten play with its first midweek action. The Spartans take on No. 4 Nebraska in Lincoln on Wednesday evening. The Spartans close the week with a rematch against No. 7 Wisconsin on Saturday at Jenison Field House (4 pm).
No. 16 Michigan State volleyball team completed its first home weekend of the Big Ten season with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Ohio State (25-13, 25-18, 25-17). MSU is now 11-2 and a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten play, while Ohio State falls to 9-6 and 2-2 in Big Ten matches.
The Michigan State volleyball team opened the home portion of its Big Ten schedule with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Maryland (25-14, 25-14, 25-21). The Spartans are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 in Big Ten play. Maryland falls to 12-3 and 1-2 in the second weekend of Conference action.
Michigan State has the opportunity to play in front of its home fans for the first time since Sept. 2 when it opens its home B1G schedule against Maryland (Friday) and Ohio State (Saturday) at Jenison Field House.
Redshirt senior Autumn Bailey has received her second weekly honor after Michigan State’s upset of No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 1 Minnesota, as she has been named VolleyMob national Player of the week. On Monday, she was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Bailey played an important role for Michigan State (9-2, 2-0 Big Ten) as MSU opened B1G play with two upset wins on the road.
Redshirt senior Autumn Bailey has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Monday by the Big Ten office.
MSU went into previously-undefeated No. 1 Minnesota and snapped the Gophers’ 40-game home winning streak, sweeping Minnesota 3-0. The Spartans, who began Big Ten play with an upset of No. 5 Wisconsin on Friday, staged a remarkable comeback in the third set.
Michigan State and No. 5 Wisconsin waged an entertaining battle on Friday evening befitting the return of Big Ten volleyball action , as the Spartans upset the Badgers 3-2. (14-25, 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13 ) The Badgers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 9-1, while MSU improves to 8-2. The win snapped a streak of five straight victories in the series for Wisconsin, as MSU picked up its first win since Nov. 10, 2012 over UW.
Michigan State begins Big Ten play this weekend with a tall task – road matches at No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 1 Minnesota.
Michigan State wrapped up the Shamrock Invitational with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) of Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon in South Bend. MSU will enter Conference play next week with a 7-2 overall record.