Sunday, 10 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Volleyball Drops Close Contest at #16 Purdue

Penn State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Playing in one of the toughest road environments in the B1G on Sunday afternoon, the Michigan State volleyball program was defeated by No. 16-ranked Purdue in four sets, 3-1 (25-23, 28-30, 23-25, 18-25) at Holloway Gymnasium. MSU bounced back from a seven-point deficit in set one to win it, 25-23.
“We knew we were very similar to Purdue coming into today’s match,” Michigan State head volleyball coach Leah Johnson said. “We both run good middle offenses, we both have pins who can score, and we both serve and pass tough. I thought we did a great job in the serve and pass battle, and was proud of how we came from behind to win set one.”
Michigan State moves to 16-11 overall and 8-8 in B1G play prior to hitting the road to face No. 19-ranked Penn State and Rutgers next weekend. Purdue improves to 17-8 overall and 11-5 in conference action.
Freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem led all players with 23 kills, her fourth 20+ kill match of the season and third in B1G play. Holdem added 14 digs to post her ninth double-double. Junior opposite Aliyah Moore had an efficient match hitting .393 with 13 kills, and sophomore opposite Evie Doezema got hot late to finish with nine kills.
The Spartans blocked well as a team posting 12 total blocks and were led by the five blocks of freshman middle blocker Zuzanna Kulig. Kulig added seven kills hitting .500 for the match. Eight different Spartans recorded a block as the team tied its team-high in blocking in conference.
Junior setter Julia Bishop secured her fifth double-double of the season with 24 assists and 11 digs, and junior setter…

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at Michigan State University Athletics…