STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Michigan State volleyball started strong to take set one, but ultimately were defeated on the road at No. 14-ranked Penn State Friday night, 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-11, 25-18) inside Rec Hall.
Michigan State moves to 16-12 overall and 8-9 in B1G action this season. Penn State improves to 18-8 on the season with a 12-5 mark in conference play.
— Michigan State Volleyball (@MSU_Volleyball) November 18, 2023
Freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem led the Spartans with 10 kills, her 21st time finishing in double-digits this season. Holdem added seven digs as senior libero Nalani Iosia paced the team with 12. The trio of junior opposite Aliyah Moore, sophomore opposite Evie Doezema and freshman middle blocker Zuzanna Kulig all finished with six kills. Kulig led MSU with a pair of service aces.
Fifth year middle blocker Amani McArthur led with three blocks. Junior setter Julia Bishop added 17 assists and junior setter Rachel Muisenga finished with 15.
The Spartans hit .138 for the match, finishing with 37 kills, 34 assists, three service aces and 33 digs. Penn State hit .362 with 58 kills on 116 attempts and out-blocked the Spartans, 10-to-6.
No team led by more than three points in the first as set one ended in favor of the Spartans, 26-24. The Nittany Lions built an early 10-7 advantage that was quickly ended by a 3-0 MSU run on a service error, Holdem ace and a block by McArthur and Doezema. Each sided traded side-outs until the Spartans took a 22-20 lead late. A 4-1 run put Penn State on set…