It was a rush of excitement and an outburst of relief when the black and white lettering arrived in front of Cathy George and the Michigan State volleyball program. Finally, something that was set in stone in an offseason riddled by uncertainty. Other teams played, the Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Sun Belt and Atlantic Coast Conference had all been doing so during the fall.
Source: The State News
A 22-game conference-only slate awaits the Michigan State volleyball program in the spring of 2021, as was announced by the Big Ten office late Tuesday evening. The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the look of schedules not only in volleyball but throughout college athletics at every level. The spring 2021 volleyball slate begins the weekend of January 22-24, and will feature two-game series each weekend (five home, five away) against the same opponent, and one split week with a close opponent.
Michigan State volleyball coach Cathy George has announced that four players will join the Spartan volleyball program for the 2021 season. The Spartans’ 2020 class includes 5-11 setter Julia Bishop (Dearborn, Mich.), 5-8 defensive specialist Grace Danziger (East Lansing, Mich.), 6-3 middle blocker Aubrey O’Gorman (Lake Odessa, Mich.), and 6-3 middle blocker Abby Olin (Coopersville, Mich.),
Hear stories from Dominique Long, Volleyball’s Bella Legarza, and relive the classic Michigan State Football win over Michigan in 2001.
Hear from a group of Football players about their season being postponed, move back to campus with Volleyball player, Elena Shklyar, and learn about a real Spartan Family with Matt Allen.
With the fall season being “postponed,” and really no clear plan yet for what a spring season may look like, there are many questions and challenges these student-athletes are facing. One of whom is Michigan State volleyball player, Elena Shklyar. The junior setter gave The Only Colors some in-depth insights into what it’s been like for the volleyball program leading up to and since the announcement.
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The United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) have announced that Michigan State Volleyball is among the that 1,313 teams have earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season.
Cathy George has announced that Cecilee Max-Brown will enroll at the university and be a part of the program for the upcoming 2020 season. Max-Brown is transferring to Michigan State from Oregon State University, where she appeared in 11 matches in 2019 as a true freshman as she battled injuries.
Michigan State’s incoming class has been ranked No. 13 by PrepVolleyball in its annual list of recruiting rankings. The rising senior class was the No. 9 recruiting class in the country in 2016, the juniors earned a No. 15 ranking, and MSU’s sophomores were also tabbed No. 9 by the publication.
Michigan State volleyball coach Cathy George has announced the hiring of Paul Koncir as the program’s Associate Head Coach. He will begin his tenure at Michigan State in early February.
See the wrestling team prepare for Minnesota, listen to Cathy and Conner George tell their stories of how they arrived at Michigan State, and watch the Michigan State Men’s Basketball team and Cassius Winston make history.
Travel to Hawaii with Men’s Basketball, and celebrate our seniors in both Football and Volleyball as they both had big wins over the weekend.
For nearly four years, Samantha McLean has been living a double life. In one life, the 5-foot-8 senior shines as the starting defensive specialist/libero on the Michigan State volleyball team. She averages 1.80 digs per set. She’s been a staunch defender in MSU’s back row, twice earning the team’s Most Inspirational Award. In her other life, McLean shines with a 4.0 in the classroom as a kinesiology major on the pre-medical track.
Michigan State concluded its 2019 season with a 3-1 victory (25-18, 25-20 20-25, 25-22) over visiting Indiana on Saturday night at Jenison Field House.
For the second straight home game, Michigan State battled to the end with a ranked foe through five sets – but came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision (25-19, 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 11-15) against No. 16 Purdue on Friday night at Jenison Field House.
Michigan State ran into a determined Indiana team on Sunday in Bloomington, as the Hoosiers took a 3-0 win on their senior day at Wilkinson Hall.
In the annual Jam Jenison match against No. 23 Michigan at Jenison Field House, the Spartans battled through five tight sets with the Wolverines, but fell in five sets to their in-state rival (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-25, 15-17).
MSU has its third straight split home/road weeks of action, starting out with Wednesday’s Jam Jenison match at home against No. 23 Michigan before heading to Bloomington to tangle with Indiana in a Sunday matinee.
Michigan State suffered a 3-0 loss at No. 7 Wisconsin on Saturday evening, but had many positives to take from the match as it fought through 17 tie scores and eight lead changes with set scores of 23-25, 19-25, 22-25. The Spartans fall to 14-12 (5-11 B1G).