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Big Ten finish: 11-9, 6th place (T)
Overall record: 25-10, ranked #16
NCAA Tournament: 3rd round
none currently scheduled
1/10 Aurora Beacon-News
Wicinski thrives at Michigan State
12/7 MSU State News
Volleyball swept out of NCAA Tournament by Michigan
12/6 MSU State News
Spartans to battle U-M in NCAA tourney
12/5 MSU State News
Spartans prepare for finals as well as Sweet 16 matchup
12/4 MSU State News
Key MSU volleyball players coming off big weekend
12/3 MSU State News
George continues to build résumé during signature season
12/2 MSU State News
Spartans not taken lightly after UCLA win
12/2 MSU State News
Spartans advance to Sweet 16 after knocking off defending champion UCLA
11/30 MSU State News
Volleyball beats San Diego, advances in NCAA Tournament
11/30 MSU State News
MSU volleyball team rubs elbows with rapper Lil' Romeo
11/29 MSU State News
Volleyball heads to LA for NCAA Tournament vs. San Diego
11/28 MSU State News
Freshman prepares for tournament
10/22 MSU State News
Wicinski named Big Ten Player of the Week
10/21 MSU State News
No. 20 Buckeyes upend Spartans in 4 sets
10/17 MSU State News
Volleyball defeats Michigan in battle of in-state rivals
10/16 MSU State News
Volleyball travels to Michigan for midweek rivalry matchup
10/15 MSU State News
Volleyball team connects with fans through community outreach
10/14 MSU State News
Spartans stumble to winless weekend at home
10/14 MSU State News
No. 25 MSU tripped up by No. 23 Illinois in five sets
10/12 MSU State News
No. 25 Spartans tripped up by Wildcats, fall in four sets
10/11 MSU State News
Volleyball returns home for weekend doubleheader
10/10 MSU State News
Volleyball keeps goals in mind during Big Ten season
10/7 MSU State News
Spartans split weekend trip
10/6 MSU State News
Volleyball opens weekend with 3-1 victory against Wisconsin
10/4 MSU State News
Volleyball hits road for crucial double-header
10/2 MSU State News
Volleyball team grows stronger together while on road
9/30 MSU State News
George earns 500th career victory in inspired effort against Iowa
9/27 MSU State News
Spartans to meet Iowa on road
9/25 MSU State News
The Road to 500
9/25 Omaha World Herald
Newcomer is sparking Spartans
9/25 MSU State News
Volleyball heads south for matchup with No. 6 Nebraska
9/24 MSU State News
Volleyball optimistic heading into conference play
9/23 MSU State News
Volleyball opens up Big Ten play with split
9/22 MSU State News
Volleyball rebounds from loss to Purdue, defeats Indiana in straight sets
9/21 MSU State News
No. 25 Spartans no longer undefeated after losing battle with No. 17 Purdue
9/19 MSU State News
Volleyball riding wave of momentum heading into Big Ten season
9/17 MSU State News
Mathews named conference Defensive Player of Week
9/13 MSU State News
Women’s volleyball aims to improve this weekend
9/12 MSU State News
Spartans use road trips as solid learning experiences
9/11 MSU State News
Volleyball still looking for progress heading into final invitational
9/9 MSU State News
Column: MSU appears confident with Big Ten play looming
9/9 MSU State News
Spartans clinch Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan invitational
9/8 MSU State News
Volleyball defeats IPFW in Auto-Owners Insurance Invitational
9/6 MSU State News
MSU to play host to Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational this weekend
9/1 MSU State News
Volleyball wins opening game of University of Connecticut Classic
8/29 MSU State News
8/28 MSU State News
Volleyball team improves weaknesses, finds strengths
8/24 MSU State News
Volleyball defeats McNeese State in season opener
8/22 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball: Spartans aim for Big Ten title
8/22 MSU State News
Volleyball sets lofty goals with season opener approaching
7/25 Grand Rapids Press
Rockford all-staters eager for one last hurrah
7/11 Petoskey News
MSU volleyball coach says state players have been helped by season change
The MSU volleyball schedule for 2013 has now been posted. The biggest news is the first home competition, the Big Ten/PAC-12 Challenge. For this event, only the fourth time that PAC-12 teams have played in East Lansing, MSU will host Oregon State and 2012 national runner-up Oregon on September 6 and 7. To complete the Challenge, the two visiting teams will each play in Ann Arbor on the day they are not playing in East Lansing. In other non-conference play, the Spartans will face one additional 2012 NCAA tournament team, IPFW. [full schedule]
Alexis Mathews, Kori Moster, and Lauren Wicinski were chosen on May 7 for the 2013 U.S. National A2 program. They will go to Dallas as part of a group of 48 athletes to start training as four separate teams on June 25. The competition phase will also include teams from the professional Premier Volleyball League. Alexis Mathews is the only three-time participant among the 48, while Purdue was the only school to have more players chosen than MSU. [full story]
The SideOut Club’s Annual Meeting will be held at 12 noon on April 13, 2013 in the 3rd floor classroom in Jenison Field House, during the spring tournament (see below). The meeting will be held in room 309, which is to your left after entering the gymnastics area on the third floor.
All members are encouraged to attend. The Club’s annual financial statement will be presented and there will be an election for the Board of Directors. The Annual Meeting also serves as a forum for members to voice any suggestions or concerns. Hope to see you on the 13th.
The Spartans will host a nine-team spring tournament in Jenison Field House starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Teams will include Illinois State, Indiana State, Central Michigan and a number of other teams from the region. There will be pool-play games at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. Results will seed teams into new pools for the afternoon games at 1, 2, and 3 p.m..
The spring schedule will open March 23 with a practice/competition event against Western Michigan University to be held at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. The gym will be open to spectators for a 4:00 p.m. match between the two teams. On April 6, the Spartans will be at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Illinois for the Collegiate Challenge tournament. Teams will include Bradley, DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, and Purdue. Finally, on April 20 at 3:30 p.m., the Spartans will face University of Dayton at the Premier Volleyball Academy at the Maumee Sports Mall in Maumee, Ohio.
(Note: because of the nature of spring scheduling, all times are subject to change, but will be more firm as the events get closer.)
The following awards were presented at the annual volleyball banquet on January 6, 2013 at the Kellogg Center:
SideOut Club Service Award: Peter Morris
Academic All-Conference Selections: Amy Dentlinger, Kristen Kelsay, Chelsey Probst, Stefanie Shiramizu, Jazmine White
Kirkby Scholar-Athlete Award: Kristen Kelsay
Most Improved Award: Amy Dentlinger
Playmaker Award: Kori Moster
Extra Mile Award: Kristen Kelsay
MVP Award: Lauren Wicinski
The SideOut Club presented Coach George with a check for $10,000 for use by the volleyball program.
To close out the 2012 season, Lauren Wicinski was named a second-team All-American and Kori Moster was selected as an honorable mention. This was only the second time that two MSU volleyball players earned All-American honors in the same year. The MSU volleyball program has now had eleven All-Americans in total. [full story]
For the fifth time in program history, the MSU volleyball team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. They did this with a December 1 upset victory over seventh-seeded UCLA, on UCLA's home court in Pauley Pavilion.
The Spartans are scheduled to play the University of Michigan in Berkeley, California at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 7. The team will stay in California for the week rather than returning to East Lansing.
The regional semi-final matchup against Michigan looks much more favorable for MSU than their last two trips to the regionals in 2002 and 2007, since the Wolverines are a team of similar strength that MSU has already defeated once this year.
When Lauren Wicinski transferred to MSU from Northern Illinois in the spring, some questioned how she would fare against the higher level of talent in the Big Ten. Well, the Big Ten coaches think she continued to excel just as she did in the Mid-America Conference, making her a unanimous pick to the All-Big-Ten team for 2012.
Kori Moster was chosen as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the year, and earned an honorable mention spot on the All-Big-Ten team. She was one of only two liberos named to the 23-member team.
In a bit of a surprise, Halle Peterson was chosen for the All Freshman team. It's not a surprise based on her performance, actually quite the contrary. The surprise is that setters in a two-setter system such as MSU's are often overlooked for awards.
The fourth award for the Spartans went to Kristen Kelsay, who won the Sportsmanship honor. [full story]
The Spartan volleyball team will continue their season in the first round of the NCAA tournament at UCLA on Friday November 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Their opponent will be San Diego, who were co-champions (with BYU) of the West Coast Conference. The winner will most likely face national No. 7 seed UCLA on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Spartan victories over Illinois and Northwestern on November 16 and 17 produced a number of milestones for the Spartan volleyball team and head coach Cathy George. First, the team's 11th Big Ten win of the year assures Cathy George of her first season with a winning percentage over .500 in Big Ten matches. Second, the overall total of 23 wins is the largest in her eight years at the helm, as well as the most Spartan wins since 1998. In addition, MSU now has a Big Ten winning streak of six matches, the longest since 1998. Go Green!
Height is the the standout factor for the incoming class of 2013, announced on November 14 by MSU volleyball head coach Cathy George.
Consider this: in MSU volleyball history, the three tallest players (Jenny Whitehead, Angela Morley, and Lisa Naymick) have been listed as 6' 4" tall. The recruiting class for next fall matches this with three players of that height, plus another at 6' 6" and a fifth at 6'2"!
MSU's upset of No. 10 Minnesota on November 9, following last week's toppling of No. 4 Nebraska, was the first time ever that an unranked Spartan volleyball team has earned back-to-back victories over two Top Ten ranked opponents. (To their credit, the 1995 Spartans did this twice during their season, but they were themselves a Top Ten team at the time.) [full story]
MSU volleyball earned their biggest victory of the season November 3, with a heart-pounding 3-2 win over No. 4-ranked Nebraska. This was the first time the Spartans have defeated the Huskers in 14 meetings, and it was also the first time since 1996 that MSU has beaten a top-5 ranked opponent. [full story]
Outside hitter Lauren Wicinski had a season-high 29 kills versus the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 20, to go with 18 kills in a sweep of Michigan three days earlier. For her performance, she was named Big Ten Player of the Week for October 22. She is the first Spartan to win this award since 2009. [full story]
The Spartans' win over Iowa on September 29 marked the 500th career win for head coach Cathy George, now in her 26th season. She now ranks number 34 in victories among active Division I women's volleyball coaches. [full story]
On September 17, MSU volleyball entered the AVCA Coaches Poll at number 25. This was their first appearance in the top 25 since October 5, 2009. The recognition by the coaches follows a 12-0 preconference start to the season, including four tournament championships.
Alexis Mathews was chosen as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on September 17. At the Holiday Inn Charleston/ Mt. Pleasant Invitational she averaged 1.7 blocks per set and also led all players with a .477 hitting percentage. This is the second time she has received this award in her career. [full story]
Sophomore co-captain Kori Moster was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week on September 3 for her performance in the UConn Classic Tournament. She averaged 5.8 digs per set for the weekend. [full story]
MSU didn't lose a set to start September off by winning the UConn Classic tournament. Libero Kori Moster was tabbed as tournament MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates outside hitter Lauren Wicinski and middle blocker Alexis Mathews. [full story]
Spartan volleyball went undefeated for the opening weekend, taking the crown in the Spartan Showcase on August 25. Lauren Wicinski was named tournament MVP after accounting for over one-third of MSU's kills on just under one-third of the team attempts. Fellow Spartans Kelsey Kuipers and Alexis Mathews were also named to the all-tournament team. [full story]
Junior middle blocker Alexis Mathews was selected by Big Ten coaches for the 2012 preseason All Big Ten volleyball team. Alexis was fourth in the conference in 2011 with an average of 1.3 blocks per set. [full team]
The SideOut Club Board would like to invite all SOC members and their guests to join the Board for the "Meet the Team" event on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Jenison Field House immediately following the Green & White game. Food and drink will be provided. The 2012 team features five new players—four freshmen and one junior transfer.
Then on Thursday August 23, Coach Cathy George and her staff will present the first coach's luncheon of the 2012 season. This is a free event open to everyone, with the only cost being whatever you order from a full menu. It will be held at the Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe on Lake Lansing Road at U.S. 127 in East Lansing starting at noon. Come learn what to expect from the Spartans for the upcomng season.
Come out to join fellow MSU fans for the 13th Annual SideOut Club Volleyball Tailgate on Saturday, October 20, 2012 before the match against Ohio State. We will start around 3:00 pm at the usual location in front of the south entrance to Jenison Fieldhouse and continue until game time at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish or grillable item to share. Also needed are grills and folding tables. If you can bring a grill or folding table, or if you have any questions, please contact Cathy Caswell at 332-4353 or at email@example.com.
The MSU Spartans' schedule for fall 2012 is now available. Like last year, MSU will play only one game against Penn State (in State College this year) and Ohio State (in East Lansing this year), while playing two games against all other conference foes.
In non-conference play, MSU will open at home with a tournament on August 24-25, and will host a second tournament September 7-8. They will also travel to tournaments at the University of Connecticut and the College of Charleston. The non-conference schedule includes one 2011 NCAA tournament competitor, Albany. [full schedule]
Reports on March 26 indicate that two-time Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Lauren Wicinski has verbally committed to transfer to Michigan State. The 6-1 outside hitter has been released by Northern Illinois so she will be able to play this fall. [DeKalb Daily Chronicle story] [Aurora Beacon-News story]
Amy Dentlinger, Alexis Mathews, and Lauren Wicinski were among 48 collegiate players selected on March 22, 2012 to participate in the U.S. Women's National Team Program. [full story]
The Spartans will host a nine-team spring tournament in Jenison Field House starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Teams will include Eastern, Central and Western Michigan, Illinois State, IPFW, Akron, Northwood, and Oakland. [full schedule].
The spring schedule will open the week before with a practice/competition event at Western Michigan University on March 24. The morning will be closed practice, but the gym will open to spectators for a 1:30 p.m. match between the two teams. After the March 31 home stand, the Spartans will finish up with two tournaments on April 14 and April 21. On April 14, they will be at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Illinois for the 11-team Collegiate Challenge tournament. On April 21, the Spartans will join Ball State for a three-team tournament at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The SideOut Club’s Annual Meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on March 31, 2012 in Jenison Field House, during the spring tournament. All members are encouraged to attend. The Club’s annual financial statement will be presented and there will be an election for the Board of Directors. The Annual Meeting also serves as a forum for members to voice any suggestions or concerns. The meeting will be held in room 309, which is to your left after entering the gymnastics area on the third floor. Hope to see you all on the 31st.
On January 9, 2013 the University of Nebraska announced it would add women's sand volleyball as a varsity sport, beginning immediately. 2013 will be the second year the sport has been recognized by the NCAA, and Nebraska is the first Big Ten school to field a team. [full story]
Wisconsin volleyball head coach Pete Waite has resigned after 14 years. The Badgers had tremendous success the first nine years of his tenure, winning the Big Ten twice and never finishing below fourth place. The last five years were very different however, as the team found itself usually near the bottom of the conference. [full story]
Jessica Hohl, who graduated from MSU in 2007, has begun a coaching career at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. [full story]
Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was chosen as the conference favorite in the 2012 preseason Big Ten Coaches' Poll. The top six spots were rounded out by Penn State, Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio State. [full story]
The Big Ten led all conferences in the AVCA Division I Coaches 2012 Preseason Poll, released on August 13. The Big Ten placed four teams in the top ten and seven teams in the top 25. Michigan State was 30th in votes received. [full poll]
Starting in fall 2012, referees for NCAA women's volleyball will use the signaling order that has been used internationally for several years. When a play ends, the first referee will first signal which team has won the point, and will then signal the nature of the fault that ended play. This is the reverse of the signaling order that has been in use for decades.
You may have noticed that on some teams, including MSU, it can be hard to pick out the libero at a glance because the libero jersey is quite similar to the regular jersey. This will change by 2013, when the NCAA will require that either the libero or her teammates must wear a jersey with body and sleeves that are of the same color. (It can have a limited amount of trim that is a different color.) The color used for that jersey must clearly contrast from the predominant color of the alternate jersey.