Match Preview: Michigan State vs. Penn State


The Match: Michigan State vs. Penn State             

When and Where: Friday, October 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m. E.T., Rec Hall             

Media Coverage: GameTracker; BTN Live Stream ($$ – to register or log in, Click Here); BTN Student U – 10/4/10 2:00 pm Tape Delay   

Match Snapshot              

Michigan State (9-4, 1-1 Big Ten) comes to Rec Hall fresh off its first Big Ten win of the season, which it earned by defeating Iowa 3-1 last Saturday in the Breslin Center. The Spartans are led by 6-2 Sr. OH/RS Megan Schatzle, 5-11 RS Jr. OH/MB Jenilee Rathje, 5-11 Jr. OH Becca Zlabis, 6-2 Jr. OH Kyndra Abron, 6-1 Jr. S. Natalie Emro, 5-7 Sr. DS/L Allyson Karaba, and 5-6 Jr. DS/L Carli Weiler.  
Penn State (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) is led by 6-5 Sr. Opp. Blair Brown ( 3.60 kps, .328 hit %), 6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson, (2.67 kps, .460 hit %, 1.31 bps), 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon (3.37 kps, .359 hit %), 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza (1.30 bps), 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico (4.38 dps, .71 aces/s), 5-6 So. S Kristin Carpenter (10.00 asst./s, 2.13 dps), 6-5 Jr. OH Katie Kabbes (2.11 kps, 0.97 bps) and 5-1 Sr. DS Cathy Quilico (1.76 dps).      
PSU Stats   


MSU Stats (through 9-26-10)      

 Here are the cumulative statistics for Michigan State through 9-26-10:      

Big Ten Stat Joust – Team (as of 9-26-10)       


Here’s how the Spartans and the Nittany Lions rank in selected statistical categories in the Big Ten (all opponents):        




Stat Joust – Individual (as of 9-26-10)          


Here’s a listing of Penn State and Michigan State players that are among the leaders in the Big Ten in various statistical categories (all opponents):            




MSU Roster (Click on names to get to bio)  

    Name Pos.   Ht.   Elig. Hometown/Previous School
16   Abron, Kyndra OH   6-2   JR Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
6   Dentlinger, Amy OH/RS   6-1   SO Arcadia, Iowa/Kuemper Catholic
13   Emro, Natalie S   6-1   JR Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette
1   Karaba, Allyson DS/L   5-7   SR Muskegon, Mich./North Muskegon
3   Karaba, Mandi DS   5-4   RS SO Muskegon, Mich./North Muskegon
12   Kelsay, Kristen S   5-10   FR Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis
10   Kuipers, Kelsey MB   6-1   FR Otsego, Mich./Otsego
18   Mathews, Alexis MB   6-3   RS FR Detroit, Mich./Renaissance
8   Peter, Nicole S   5-11   SR Ada, Mich./Grand Rapids CC
5   Rathje, Jenilee OH/MB   5-11   RS JR Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant
7   Schatzle, Megan OH/RS   6-2   SR Monroe, Mich./Monroe
4   Weiler, Carli DS/L   5-6   JR Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley
11   Zlabis, Becca OH   5-11   JR Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South

Penn State Roster (Click on names to get to bio)  


2010 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Ariel Scott

MHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Katie Kabbes OHJr.6-5RaleighNorth Carolina
3Fatima Balza MHSr.6-3MeridaVenezuela
4Jessica Ullrich DSSr.5-8WinfieldIllinois
5Kristin Carpenter S/DSSo.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Maddie MartinOHFr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Arielle Wilson MHSr.6-3BroadviewIllinois
8Erica Denny
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

12Alyssa D'Errico L/DSSr.5-9ByronNew York
13 Megan Shifflett DS/SJr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Cathy QuilicoL/DSSr.5-1Thousand OaksCalifornia
15Maggie HardingDSFr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Katie Slay
MHFr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18Deja McClendon

19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado


A Reminder to Fans: Be There for The Greatest Show in Blue and White.™     


Before the George Washington Match, we urged Penn State fans to come to the match, to stand and cheer the Nittany Lions when they came out for warmups, and to make Rec Hall look something like this:      




And almost 4,000 fans did just that — a great crowd that showed great spirit and support throughout the match.  Well done, Penn State fans, well done!  But we think you can do better.  Both of Penn State’s matches last weekend drew more fans than that — almost 5, 500 for Wisconsin.  So, lets sell out the house for Penn State Women’s Volleyball — The Greatest Show in Blue and White.™  (Hey, we’re fans).