The Big Ten Conference has announced the 2021 fall volleyball schedule, with a return to a 20-game season slate that brings teams back to 10 home and 10 road matches as it played prior to the interruption of the 2020-21 season.
Michigan State volleyball player Lauren Swartz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District Team, as announced on Thursday, June 10. Sixty-nine Division I volleyball student-athletes earned the honor, split across eight districts. Those players advance to the national ballot, with Academic All-America selections for Division I volleyball slated to be announced on Monday, July 12.
Michigan State volleyball coach Cathy George has added Eleanor Stothoff to the three other student-athletes enrolling at Michigan State in the fall of 2021 to become a part of the Spartan volleyball program.
In a battle that lasted more than two and a half hours, Rutgers outlasted Michigan State, 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 14-16) on Friday night at Jenison Field House.
Homestanding Iowa earned a split in the season series with Michigan State on Saturday, sweeping the Spartans by a 3-0 margin (25-22, 25-22, 25-19) to earn a victory in the Hawkeyes’ final home game in 2021.
Michigan State earned its third road victory of the season on Friday, picking up a 3-1 win (18-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-21) at Iowa.
Michigan State has its final road matches of the season when it travels to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes. The games will be in Iowa’s new XTreme Arena. John Kreger returns behind the mic to call the action for Michigan State volleyball on the Spartan Media Network. The Spartan Media Network broadcasts begin on January 31 at home against Ohio State, and all remaining home games will be carried, including the season finale vs. Rutgers next weekend.
No. 12 Penn State earned a 3-0 victory over Michigan State on Saturday (13-25, 21-25, 11-25) to sweep the weekend series. PSU is now 9-5 overall, while MSU is 2-9. MSU was playing its second game in as many days after nearly a month off the court on a pause for Covid-19.
Michigan State returned from a three-week Covid pause on Friday against No. 12 Penn State, and fell to the visiting Nittany Lions by a 3-0 score (25-18, 25-17, 25-14).
Michigan State returns to the court after a three-week pause and will host No. 12 Penn State on Friday and Saturday at Jenison Field House.
Michigan State’s upcoming competitions in both volleyball and gymnastics have been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the MSU programs. The volleyball team was scheduled to take on Illinois at home on Saturday and Sunday (February 27-28). The programs will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify options for rescheduling the events. Gymnastics was slated to participate in the Big Ten Big Five meet in Ann Arbor with Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers, and host Michigan.
No. 1 Wisconsin had to hold off a furious comeback attempt from Michigan State, but came away with a 3-1 win to sweep the weekend series (10-25, 16-25, 25-21, 22-25). The Badgers improve to 10-0 on the season, while MSU falls to 2-7.
No. 1 Wisconsin came into Jenison Field House and earned a 3-0 victory over Michigan State (20-25, 9-25, 13-25). The Badgers improve to 9-0 on the season, while MSU falls to 2-6.
Michigan State battled through a four-set match with archrival Michigan on Wednesday night at Jenison Field House, falling to the Wolverines 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 26-28, 19-25). The match featured 30 tie scores and 11 lead changes as the teams battled through the match, taking leads only to watch their counterparts cut into them.
Michigan State begins a five-match homestand this week when it hosts Michigan (Wednesday) and No. 1 Wisconsin (Saturday/Sunday) at Jenison Field House. Wednesday’s home match against Michigan is rescheduled from the original postponement date of Jan. 28. The return game in Ann Arbor has yet to be rescheduled.
Michigan State freshman Sarah Franklin (Lake Worth, Fla.) has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Monday, Feb. 15. Franklin continues to announce her arrival to the Big Ten volleyball world, as she averaged 4.50 kills per set in the two matches against Maryland last weekend, both 3-1 Spartan victories.
Michigan State completed a weekend sweep of Maryland with a 3-1 win (27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22) on Saturday evening in College Park. MSU improves to 2-4 on the year, while Maryland falls to 0-8.
Michigan State earned its first win of the season (1-4) with a 3-1 victory over Maryland (25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16) on Friday in College Park. MSU took a 2-0 lead in the match, and came back to win it with a convincing nine-point win in the final frame.
The Spartans are looking to achieve their first season win against Maryland this weekend following their 0-4 start to the year and break in the schedule. Following the cancellation of the Michigan game due to COVID concerns within Michigan’s Athletic Department, Michigan State faced off against Ohio State last weekend but ultimately didn’t walk away with the win.
Source: The State News
Michigan State heads back on the road to tangle with Maryland in a Big Ten series on Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 6 pm and will air live on BTN+. There will be no television or radio broadcasts.