Saturday, 9 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Spartans Test No. 2 Wisconsin on Friday

Penn State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State volleyball tested No. 2-ranked Wisconsin early, but was defeated in straight sets on Friday night, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-16), from inside the Breslin Student Events Center.
“I thought we fought well in all three sets tonight,” Michigan State head volleyball coach Leah Johnson said. “I was proud of our serve and pass game forcing Wisconsin to play out of system for a large portion of the match.”
The Spartans move to 13-9 overall and 5-6 in the B1G with a loss. Wisconsin improved to 19-1 overall and 10-1 in conference action.
Michigan State was led by nine kills from each of its right-side hitters, sophomore Evie Doezema and junior Aliyah Moore. Fifth year middle blocker Amani McArthur posted seven kills along with four blocks and freshman middle blocker Zuzanna Kulig had five kills and a trio of stuffs.
Junior setter Julia Bishop led the team with 18 assists along with six digs while junior setter Rachel Muisenga had 14 assists and five digs. Senior libero Nalani Iosia led the Spartans with 10 digs and freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem posted a pair of service aces.
Wisconsin out-hit the Spartans .371 to .178 overall. MSU out-pace the Badgers in set one however, hitting .220 to Wisconsin’s .182 after a slow start by the Badgers.
Michigan State showed a lot of promise in set one opening an early 7-1 lead over Wisconsin following two kills and a pair of blocks by McArthur. The Badgers brought their deficit to just one, with MSU leading 13-12, but back-to-back kills by Doezema and junior outside hitter Grace Kelly put the Spartans back up three….

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