Next Game

9/29 Maryland 7:00 p.m. ET

9/30 Ohio State 7:00 p.m. ET

[full schedule]

Latest Results

9/24 MSU def. #1 Minnesota 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22)

9/22 MSU def. #5 Wisconsin 3-2 (14-25, 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13)

Big Ten record: 2-0, 1st place (tie)

Overall record: 9-2, ranked #16

Upcoming Home Events

9/27 Coaches' Luncheon

9/29 Maryland
Childhood Cancer Night

9/30 Ohio State
Alumni Weekend, Middle School Night

[list of events]

News Links

1/9 MLive
Holland's Alyssa Garvelink named MVP of Michigan State volleyball team

12/8 MSU State News
3 Spartans earn AVCA postseason honor

12/4 MSU State News
Senior Spartans left it all on the court in season-ending loss to Arizona

12/4 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball stunned by Arizona, ousted from NCAA tournament

12/3 MSU State News
No. 9 Spartans upset by Arizona in NCAA Tournament

12/2 MSU State News
MSU volleyball advances in NCAA Tournament after sweeping Fairfield

12/2 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball thumps Fairfield in NCAA tourney opener

12/1 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball begins NCAA tourney run in friendly confines of Jenison

11/30 MSU State News
Spartan volleyball team preps for home NCAA Tournament game against Fairfield

11/29 MSU State News
MSU volleyball to host opening rounds of NCAA Tournament

11/27 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball team excited, relieved to host NCAA tournament games

11/20 MSU State News
No. 13 MSU swept by No. 3 Wisconsin

11/19 MSU State News
Spartans rebound but lose in five sets to No. 2 Minnesota

11/13 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball beats Michigan, moves closer to hosting NCAA tournament

11/13 MSU State News
MSU extends winning streak to six games after 3-1 win against No. 17 U-M

11/12 Holland Sentinel
Alyssa Garvelink powers MSU volleyball past Michigan

11/9 Purdue Exponent
Purdue Volleyball: Boilers ready for Spartan serve second time around

11/5 MSU State News
MSU volleyball host Illinois, defeat Fighting Illini 3-0

11/4 MSU State News
MSU volleyball opens four game home stand with 3-0 win over Northwestern

11/3 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball enters crucial home stand on pace to host NCAA tourney

10/29 MSU State News
Spartan volleyball improves to 7-4 in Big Ten play, sweep Hoosiers

10/22 MSU State News
No. 11 MSU volleyball swept by No. 19 Ohio State University

10/18 Lansing State Journal
Discipline main factor behind Alyssa Garvelink's breakout junior season

10/16 MSU State News
No. 14 MSU Volleyball takes down No. 3 Minnesota

10/12 Holland Sentinel
Alyssa Garvelink powers MSU volleyball to national ranking

10/9 MSU State News
MSU volleyball earns 3-1 victory over Maryland

10/9 MSU State News
MSU Volleyball Sweeps No. 14 Ohio State

10/9 MSU State News
Grind of Big Ten play proves to be no problem for MSU volleyball

10/7 MSU State News
MSU to play No. 14 Ohio State and Maryland at Jenison

9/30 Lansing State Journal
No. 18 MSU volleyball swept at No. 16 Penn State

9/28 MSU State News
MSU volleyball's Bailey and Fitterer are friends both on and off the court

9/26 MSU Athletics
1976 Volleyball Squad Paved Path, But Enjoyed Considerable Success

9/26 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball loses heartbreaker to No. 1 Nebraska

9/25 MSU State News
MSU volleyball splits weekend series between Iowa and No. 1 Nebraska

9/23 Lansing State Journal
Spartan volleyball tops Iowa to win Big Ten opener

9/21 MSU State News
Spartans set to face No. 1-ranked Nebraska in weekend set

9/18 MSU State News
MSU improves to 11-1 after sweeping Spartan Invitational

9/16 Lansing State Journal
MSU volleyball beats Notre Dame to move to 9-1

9/14 MSU State News
No. 22 Spartans to host Notre Dame in Spartan Classic

9/13 MSU State News
MSU volleyball earns top-25 ranking after sweeping Western Kentucky

9/9 Lansing State Journal
Michigan State volleyball sweeps Cincinnati

9/8 MSU State News
Junior libero Abby Monson looks to be a key factor for MSU volleyball

9/7 MSU State News
MSU volleyball heads south to compete in Western Kentucky Invitational

9/5 MSU State News
MSU volleyball shows growth from last season through maturity and development

9/4 MSU State News
Spartans fall to No. 7 Florida in Spartan Invitational finale

9/4 MSU State News
MSU sweeps day one of Spartan Invitational, will play No. 7 Florida

7/28 Petoskey News Review
Spartan support helps make Petoskey Volleyball Camp one of Northern Michigan's best

2/20 MLive
Halle Peterson wraps up four special years at Michigan State



What's Going On in Spartan Volleyball

Dual Upsets Plus Defensive Player of the Week!

The September 22-24 weekend was one of the best ever for Spartan volleyball!

It started with a thrilling 5-game upset of undefeated national #5 Wisconsin and ended with a dominating 3-game upset of undefeated #1 Minnesota. The third set at Minnesota saw the Spartans rebound from a 7-16 deficit with an 18-6 run to win the match. The back-to-back road wins over top-five opponents was a first in Spartan history.

Senior Autumn Bailey was a standout in the matches, including a career-best 25 digs vs. Wisconsin, earning the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week award. [Big Ten awards]

Cathy George Becomes Longest-Serving MSU Coach

With the opening of the 2017 season at Georgia Tech, head coach Cathy George became the longest-tenured volleyball coach in MSU history. This is her 13th season leading the Spartans, surpassing Chuck Erbe's record of 12 seasons (1993-2004).

In addition, Cathy will soon be MSU's winningest volleyball coach. As of September 24, she is third in victories at MSU, behind Erbe's 244 wins and Annelies Knoppers' record of 250 (1974-84). She needs 19 victories this season to take the lead.

Florida Tournament Cancelled Due to Hurricane Irma

With hurricane Irma approaching the state of Florida, the Active Ankle Challenge tournament in Gainesville September 8th and 9th has been cancelled. The Spartans were already in Gainesville when the cancellation was announced, but will return to East Lansing Friday afternooon.

On Wednesday, the tournament had been cut back to a single match between Michigan State and Florida, to be played Friday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The other two teams originally boooked for the tournament will play instead in a quickly arranged tournament at UNC-Greensboro. Unfortunately, because of the late cancellation, the Spartans had no chance to arrange any replacement matches.

Spartans at #17 in 2017 Preseason Poll

The 2017 Preseason AVCA Coaches' Poll, released on August 9, has the MSU volleyball team ranked number 17, similar to their preseason rankings in 2013 and 2014. This is higher than their final rank of 19 last season, due to a large returning squad and promising freshmen. Looking forward to a good season! [full poll]

Join or Renew for 2017!

The 2017 season is right around the corner! Now is the time to join the SideOut Club, or to renew your current membership. Download the membership form and mail it in now. [Membership form]

2017 Schedule Released

The 2017 volleyball season schedule has the Spartans at home for only one pre-conference tournament (September 1-2), along with three road trips to face challenging opponents.

The pre-conference schedule is unusual in that it has the Spartans tackling five opponents that they also faced in last year's pre-conference season. After playing San Diego State on the road last year, we welcome the Aztecs to East Lansing this year. MSU hosted Florida and Notre Dame in separate tournaments in 2016; in 2017 the Spartans will travel to those schools. Finally, MSU will meet both Central Michigan and Southern Illinois at neutral sites for the second consecutive year.

The visits to Georgia Tech (August 25-26), Florida (September 8-9), and Notre Dame (September 15-16) should be good preparation for Big Ten conference play, which begins on the road at Wisconsin on September 22, with a return for the home opener against Maryland on September 29. [full schedule]

"Volleyball 101" Session

On May 21, 2017, the Spartan Fund sponsored "Volleyball 101", an introductory session for Spartan fans covering the rules of the game, strategy, and more. It was especially intended for new fans, or fans coming from other sports, who wanted the additional understanding of volleyball that would add to their enjoyment of the game. For those who attended and may have missed the handouts, we provide them here for download. [Main handout] [Rules PowerPoint] [Serve receive]

New Assistant Coach — Jesse Ortiz

MSU volleyball has filled out the coaching staff for 2017 with a new assistant coach, Jesse Ortiz. He spent three years as assistant at Miami (Ohio) following similar positions at Ferris State and Sonoma State. [full story]



Previous 2017 News

"Home" Exhibition April 21

Spartan Volleyball will host a spring event at East Lansing High School this year rather than in Jenison Field House. The Green vs. White exhibition play is scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm.

The spring schedule will open three weeks earlier on April 1 at the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center in Louisville, Kentucky. On April 8, the Spartans will be at a tournament at the Oak Lawn Pavilion in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Participants will include Illinois State, University of Chicago, and Loyola (Chicago).

April 12 brings a midweek 6:30 p.m. game against University of Michigan at Dakota High School in Macomb, Michigan.

(Note: because of the nature of spring scheduling, all times are subject to change, but will be more firm as the events get closer.)

J.T. Wenger Hired at Texas-Arlington

After one year as MSU's assistant volleyball coach, J. T. Wenger has accepted the position of head coach at University of Texas Arlington. Coincidentally, Spartan head coach Cathy George held the same position at Texas-Arlington from 1989 to 1993. We wish J.T. the best in this new chapter of his life! [full story]



Big Ten and Other News

Big 10 Down Slightly in 2017 Preseason Poll

For the first time since 2003, no Big Ten volleyball team was ranked among the top three in the nation in the Preseason AVCA Coaches' Poll for 2017. Overall, however, the conference did well, with eight teams making the top 25, more than any other conference. Big Ten teams took four consecutive spots starting at number four, with Minnesota earning the highest ranking. [poll analysis]

Coaching Change at Illinois

On February 10, 2017, Chris Tamas was named head volleyball coach at the University of Illinois. He was an All-American and four-year starter at the Univeristy of the Pacific and his eight years as an assistant coach include stints at Nebraska, Minnesota, and others. [full story]

Tamas is replacing eight-year head coach Kevin Hambly, who was just hired into one of the premier programs in the country, Stanford University, replacing John Dunning who retired this year. [full story]