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).
Michigan State senior Samantha McLean (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and redshirt junior Lauren Swartz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) have both been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team, as announced on Thursday.
Michigan State battled through a hard-fought match with No. 6 Nebraska on Wednesday, but could never quite get over the hump in any of the three close sets and fell by a 3-0 margin to the Huskers (25-20, 25-18, 25-23).
MSU has its second of three straight split home/road weeks of action, starting out in a Wednesday match at home against No. 6 Nebraska before heading to Madison to take on No. 7 Wisconsin on Saturday.
Michigan State rallied from match deficits of 0-1 and 1-2 to post a five-set victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Jenison Field House. MSU improved to 14-10 overall and 5-9 in Big Ten play, snapping a six-match skid. The win also avenged a Northwestern win last Friday in Evanston, as the team split the season series.
Michigan took a 2-1 match lead and held off a surging Michigan State 3-1 in the first of two matches between the team this season.
MSU has a split road/home week of action, starting out in a Wednesday match at Michigan before hosting Northwestern on Saturday.
Michigan State fell at No. 19 Illinois on Saturday evening, 3-0 (11-25, 15-25, 18-25), dropping the second half of the weekend set. The Spartans fall to 13-8, 4-8 in Conference action.
Michigan State fell at Northwestern on Friday evening, dropping a 3-0 decision to the host Wildcats (20-25, 17-25, 16-25). The Spartans hit just .115 in the match and suffered just their second loss of the season to an unranked team, and fall to 13-8 (4-7 Big Ten). Northwestern improves to 10-13, 1-10 Big Ten
MSU starts a three-match road swing on Friday when it heads to Evanston, IL to take on Northwestern, then finishes the weekend at No. 19 Illinois on Saturday.
Michigan State dropped its third straight match – all to opponents ranked in the top 10 – when it fell to No. 7 Minnesota, 3-1, at Jenison Field House on Sunday afternoon.
Michigan State dropped a second straight match on Friday, falling to No. 6 Wisconsin, 3-0 (19-25, 16-25, 21-25). The Spartans fall to 13-6 and 4-5 in Conference play with the loss, and the league-leading Badgers improve to 13-4, 9-0 in B1G action.
On Friday, MSU will host its Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness game vs. Wisconsin. The program, in coordination with MSU’s Sideout Club, held a silent auction over the last three weeks for the pink jerseys that will be worn against the Badgers. The winning bidder has the choice to put a person’s name on their jersey that has been affected by cancer, and will receive the jersey after the match vs. Wisconsin.