Match Preview: Penn State vs. Michigan State

 

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Penn State vs. Michigan State

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Where: Rec Hall

When: Friday — 9-27-13 (7:00 p.m. ET)

Media: TV: Big Ten Network – Student U; CBSSports.com GameTracker

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730)The Buzz on Michigan State Michigan State ended its pre-conference schedule with an 11-1 record, capturing the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational title with a 3-0 victory over Cincinnati (25-11, 25-14, 25-19), which extended its non-conference home winning streak to 18 matches and its 2013 season victory streak to nine matches.

 The Spartans were picked #5 in the 2013 preseason Big Ten Volleyball Coaches poll (Penn State, the defending Big Ten Champion, was picked #1).  Among the key returning Michigan State players is 6-1 Sr. OH Lauren Wicinski, who was a unanimous pre-season 2013 All-Big Ten selection (as was Penn State’s Ariel Scott) and who earned 2nd-Team AVCA All-America honors in 2012.  Other key players include 5-4 Jr. libero Kori Moster, who was the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (but, in an oddity that still has us scratching our heads, only honorable mention All Big Ten) and a 2012 AVCA All-America honorable mention, 6-3 Sr. MB Alexis Mathews,   6-1 Jr. OH Taylor Galloway, 5-10 Sr. setter Kristen Kelsay, 6-4 Fr. MB Autumn Christenson, 6-2 Fr. MB Allyssah Fitterer, and 5-6 Jr. DS Ryian Hubbard.

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730)The Buzz on Penn State: The Penn State Women’s Volleyball team (9-1, ranked #1 in the 9-23-13 AVCA poll) finished its pre-conference schedule with sweeps of Albany, Eastern Kentucky, and Yale in the Penn State Classic.  They didn’t lose a set, but though all three opponents played hard, they clearly were overmatched.

This weekend’s foes — Michigan State and Michigan, are another story.  As Russ Rose noted in an interview with Chelsea Howard, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer, “the next 10 weeks we are going to play two matches a week in a conference where we’re playing against people our size, so it’s a whole different situation.”  And it doesn’t end there.  Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the AVCA top 25. Rose, with noticeable understatement, described it to Howard as “a pretty full schedule – that’s 18 of our 20 matches.  What concerns me is how we’re going to handle that. We have some players that have a lot experience – some have won Big Ten championships and some have won national championships, so we’ll see if they do the things they have to do to become a better team. There’s a fire that exists that makes the team better than the individuals that are playing. That’s the component they have to work on themselves.”

Although Rose may question the “fire” component, he knows he has a lot of talented players.  Just naming players who garnered All American or All Big Ten honors in 2012, the list includes 5-11 Jr. setter Micha Hancock (2012 AVCA 1st Team All-America, Volleyball Magazine 1st Team All-America, Big Ten Setter of the Year, and All-Big Ten); 6-4 Sr. Opposite Ariel Scott (2012 AVCA 1st Team All-America, Volleyball Magazine 1st Team All-America, Big Ten Player of the Year, and Unanimous All-Big Ten); 6-1 Sr. OH Deja McClendon (2012 AVCA 3rd Team All-America, Volleyball Magazine 2nd Team All-America, and Unanimous All-Big Ten); 6-2 So. S/OH Megan Courtney (AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year, Unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and Big Ten Freshman of the Year); and 6-6 Sr. MH Katie Slay (AVCA 2nd Team All-America, Volleyball Magazine 2nd Team All-America, All-Big Ten).  Plus,  6-2 Jr. MB Nia Grant and  5-6 Jr. libero Dom Gonzalez are returning starters, and 6-2 OH/Opp Paulina Prieto Cerame and 6-5 OH/Opp/MH Aiyana Whitney — both highly-touted players who redshirted in 2012 —have joined the team and have seen playing time, as have 6-2 Sr. OH Maddie Martin, 5-6 Jr. DS Lacey Fuller, and 5-6 So. DS Kendall Pierce. 

Stat Joust

Jousting - Blue and Red Knight Michigan State Stats

Overall record: 11-1  Conf: 0-0  Home: 5-0  Away: 2-0  Neutral: 4-1

      ATTACK  SET  SERVE 
##  Player  SP  MP-MS  K/Set  TA  Pct  A/Set  TA  Pct  SA  SA/Set  SE  TA  Pct 
15  Wicinski, Lauren      39  12-    173  4.44  61  394  .284  0.21  35  .229  16  0.41  32  122  .738 
18  Mathews, Alexis       39  12-    101  2.59  21  171  .468  0.03  .250  0.00  .000 
9   Galloway, Taylor      32  11-    77  2.41  26  202  .252  0.22  19  .368  0.16  133  .955 
3   Christenson, Autumn   33  12-    50  1.52  38  143  .084  0.03  .167  0.03  23  .783 
10  Kuipers, Kelsey       35  12-    47  1.34  15  108  .296  0.00  .000  0.00  11  .909 
6   Fitterer, Allyssah    34  12-    42  1.24  17  118  .212  0.09  .429  0.15  11  58  .810 
14  White, Jazmine        23  11-    23  1.00  10  67  .194  0.00  .000  0.35  65  .923 
11  Reinig, Chloe         2-    19  3.17  39  .333  0.00  .000  0.00  .000 
12  Kelsay, Kristen       40  12-    10  0.25  14  .571  312  7.80  674  .463  11  0.28  182  .956 
16  Halloran, Maggie      4-    0.75  14  .000  0.00  .000  0.00  .000 
8   Scott, Ebony          6-    0.50  11  .091  0.00  .000  0.00  1.000 
1   Moster,Kori           40  12-    0.05  .333  44  1.10  141  .312  11  0.28  13  168  .923 
7   Hubbard, Ryian        38  12-    0.03  .000  107  2.82  310  .345  14  0.37  126  .944 
2   Muir, Kristen         13  8-    0.00  .000  0.08  .250  0.08  28  1.000 
4   Peterson, Halle       3-    0.00  .000  26  3.71  61  .426  0.00  28  .964 
    MICHIGAN STATE……  40  12-    551  13.77  203  1286  .271  510  12.75  1271  .401  72  1.80  89  946  .906 
    Opponents………..  40  12-    382  9.55  246  1192  .114  364  9.10  1242  .293  36  0.90  68  751  .909 
     RECEPT  DIG  BLOCKING     POINTS 
##  Player  SP  RE  TA  Pct  Dig  Dig/Set  BS  BA  Total  Blk/Set  BE  BHE  Points  Pts/Set 
15  Wicinski, Lauren      39  11  257  .957  69  1.77  18     26  0.67  206.0  5.28 
18  Mathews, Alexis       39  .000  0.18  47     51  1.31  128.5  3.29 
9   Galloway, Taylor      32  126  .976  74  2.31  10     12  0.38  89.0  2.78 
3   Christenson, Autumn   33  1.000  13  0.39  17     18  0.55  60.5  1.83 
10  Kuipers, Kelsey       35  .000  0.11  21     23  0.66  59.5  1.70 
6   Fitterer, Allyssah    34  1.000  0.26  25     30  0.88  64.5  1.90 
14  White, Jazmine        23  1.000  0.26  16     19  0.83  42.0  1.83 
11  Reinig, Chloe         .000  0.17      3  0.50  20.5  3.42 
12  Kelsay, Kristen       40  1.000  72  1.80      4  0.10  23.5  0.59 
8   Scott, Ebony          .000  0.00      3  0.50  5.0  0.83 
16  Halloran, Maggie      1.000  0.00      2  0.50  4.0  1.00 
1   Moster,Kori           40  10  258  .961  178  4.45      0  0.00  13.0  0.32 
7   Hubbard, Ryian        38  .833  47  1.24      0  0.00  15.0  0.39 
4   Peterson, Halle       .000  0.14      0  0.00  0.0  0.00 
2   Muir, Kristen         13  1.000  10  0.77      0  0.00  1.0  0.08 
   TEAM     10 
    MICHIGAN STATE……  40  36  683  .947  491  12.27  27  164  109.0  2.72  29  732.0  18.30 
    Opponents………..  40  72  857  .916  446  11.15  13  123  74.5  1.86  18  492.5  12.31 

Penn State Stats

Attack Leaders - 2013 (Final)

#Name ClSPMPMSKK/SAETA%
1Scott,
Ariel
4/Sr.11535313833.33103971.288
18McClendon,
Deja
4/Sr.12636363783.00117953.274
17Courtney,
Megan
2/So.12035342972.4796740.272
16Slay,
Katie
4/Sr.12736362742.1654531.414
7Grant,
Nia
3/Jr.11835332081.7664411.350
12Hancock,
Micha
3/Jr.12736361291.0236281.331
Teamn/a1273636181414.285234231.305
Opponentsn/a1273636136710.767764270.138

Setting Leaders - 2013 (Final)

#Name ClassSPMPMSAsstAsst/
Set
TAPct.
12Hancock,
Micha
3/Jr.1273636142511.222999.475
7Grant,
Nia
3/Jr.1183533100.0847.213
4Gonzalez,
Dominique
3/Jr.127360910.72339.268
33Fuller,
Lacey
3/Jr.11836090.0850.180
3Pierce,
Kendall
2/So.8334010.015.200
n/aTeamn/a1273636166913.144030.414
n/aOpponentsn/a1273636129610.204233.306

Recept/Dig Leaders - 2013 (Final)

#Name ClassSPMPMSRERcpt
TA
Rcpt
Pct.
DigsDigs
/S
4Gonzalez,
Dominique
3/Jr.127360--571.9914163.28
18McClendon,
Deja
4/Sr.1263636--857.9813632.88
17Courtney,
Megan
2/So.1203534--466.9703012.51
12Hancock,
Micha
3/Jr.1273636--6.6672892.28
33Fuller,
Lacey
3/Jr.118360--271.0001411.19
Penn State
Total
n/a1273636492061.976180914.24
Opponentsn/a12736361662736.939163212.85

Blocking and Points Leaders - 2013 (Final)

#Name ClSPMPMSBSBATBB/SBEPtsPts
/S
1Scott,
Ariel
4/Sr.1153531391940.829432.53.76
18McClendon,
Deja
4/Sr.12636362255770.616438.53.48
16Slay,
Katie
4/Sr.1273636301772071.6319392.53.09
17Courtney,
Megan
2/So.12035342859870.7314355.52.96
7Grant,
Nia
3/Jr.11835331285970.8212285.52.42
12Hancock,
Micha
3/Jr.1273636569740.588250.51.97
Penn Staten/a1273636107561387.53.05712367.518.64
Opponentsn/a127363638369222.51.75661638.512.90

Rosters

Michigan State Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Elig. Hometown/Previous School
1   Kori Moster L   5-4   JR Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy
2 Kristen Muir DS 5-7 RS FR Plymouth, Mich./Canton
3   Autumn Christenson MB   6-4   FR Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall
4 Halle Peterson S 5-10 SO Rockford, Mich./Rockford
5 Megan Tompkins MB 6-4 FR Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey
6   Allyssah Fitterer MB   6-2   FR Barrie, Ont./Assumption Catholic Secondary
7   Ryian Hubbard DS   5-6   JR Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
8 Ebony Scott OH 5-11 SO Powhatan, Va./Powhatan
9   Taylor Galloway OH   6-1   JR Portage, Mich./Portage Central
10   Kelsey Kuipers MB   6-1   SR Otsego, Mich./Otsego
11 Chloe Reinig OH 6-4 FR South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon
12 Kristen Kelsay S 5-10 SR Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis
13 Brooke Kranda MB/OPP 6-6 FR Westfield, Ind./Westfield
14   Jazmine White MB/OH   6-1   JR Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin Institute
15   Lauren Wicinski OH   6-1   SR Geneva, Ill./Northern Illinois
16 Maggie Halloran MB/OH 6-3 SO Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Skyline
18   Alexis Mathews MB   6-3   SR Detroit, Mich./Renaissance

Penn State Roster

Penn State 2013 Team Roster

NumberName PositionYear/ClassHeightHometownState/Nation
1Scott, Ariel

RS4/Sr.6-4RidgewoodNew Jersey
2Caraway, LaraDS2/So.5-4Evans CityPennsylvania
3Pierce, KendallDS2/So.5-6EdenNew York
4Gonzalez, DominiqueDS3/Jr.5-6San AntonioTexas
6Martin, MaddieOH4/Sr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Grant, NiaOH3/Jr.6-2WarrenOhio
8Denny, Erica
MH3/Jr. (RS)6-5CentennialColorado
9Prieto Cerame, PaulinaOH1/Fr. (RS)6-2MiamiFlorida
10Muller, CarleyDS1/Fr.5-7Manhattan BeachCalifornia
12Hancock, MichaS3/Jr.5-11EdmondOklahoma
13Krause, TaylorDS/S1/Fr.5-6AllentownPennsylvania
14Whitney, AiyanaOH2/So. (RS)6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
15Harding, MaggieDS4/Sr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Slay, Katie
MH4/Sr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
17Courtney, Megan
S/OH2/So.6-2DaytonOhio
18McClendon, Deja

OH4/Sr.6-1LouisvilleKentucky
23Robertson, KellyMB1/Fr.6-0AllentownPennsylvania
24Broerman, LauraDS1/Fr.5-4Colorado Springs Colorado
33Fuller, LaceyDS3/Jr.5-6San DiegoCalifornia