2019 Final Results

Big Ten finish: 6-14, 9th place

Overall record: 15-15, not ranked

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8/18 MLive.com
A closer look at Michigan State’s unprecedented athletic budget crunch

8/17 Lansing State Journal
For MSU's non-revenue sports, like volleyball and soccer, an 'unknown world' awaits

8/13 WILX 10
Coaches react to the Big Ten announcement of fall sports cancellation

What's Going On in Spartan Volleyball

Fall Student-Athletes Granted Another Year of Eligibility

The Division I Board of Governors announced on August 21 that student-athletes in fall sports will have an additional year of eligibility in their sport, if they want to use it. In addition to women’s volleyball this also affects field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and football. The NCAA also reaffirmed that they will attempt to hold scaled-back championships for fall sports in the spring. [full story]

2020 Volleyball Season Postponed Until Spring 2021

On August 11, the Big Ten conference announced the postponement of all fall varsity sports competition because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement allowed for "the possibility of competition in the spring" depending on continuing evaluation of the situation. The PAC-12 conference made a similar announcement later that day. Combined with earlier postponements from other conferences, almost half of Division I volleyball programs will not be competing this fall. More postponements are expected. [full report]

MSU is Top-Ten in Attendance Again

According to the annual attendance report released by the NCAA at the beginning of April, Spartan volleyball for 2019 attracted over 3,000 fans per match for the third consecutive year. This was good for a rank of number 7 in the nation. This was the fifth year in a row with a top-ten ranking for MSU. [full report]

Spring 2020 Schedule Annouced CANCELLED

The Spartans will start spring season play at home on March 21, hosting a matchup with Western Michigan at Jenison Field House. This is followed by two away tournaments: March 28 at University of Dayton, and April 4 at the KIVA Tournament in Louisville. They finish two weeks later on April 18 versus Michigan at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.

Two Spartans Attend National Team Tryouts

Two MSU volleyball players will try out for the USAVB national team in Colorado Springs February 21-23. Juniors Alyssa Chronowski and Jamye Cox will join 208 other athletes vying for spots in the elite high performance program. [full story]

Coaching Changes for Spartan Volleyball

January 2020 saw two announcements of new coaching appointments—Associate Head Coach Paul Koncir and Assistant Coach Dominique Gonzalez. Both Paul and Dominique may look familiar due to their previous Big Ten experience. We saw Paul on the bench for Indiana for 7 years as their Assistant and then Associate Head Coach. You may remember Dominique as the libero on Penn State’s back-to-back national championship teams in 2013 and 2014, where she was also team captain for three years. A warm welcome to Paul and Dominique! [Paul Koncir story] [Dominique Gonzalez story]

2019 Annual Awards Presented

The following awards were presented at the annual volleyball banquet on January 19, 2020 at the Kellogg Center:

SideOut Club Service Award: John Faust
Academic All-Conference Selections: Alyssa Chronowski, Jamye Cox, Julia Hatcher, Sam McLean, Maggie Midgette, Meredith Norris, Lauren Swartz, Talia Edmonds, Rebecka Poljan, Elena Shklyar
Kirkby Scholar-Athlete Award: Sam McLean, Lauren Swartz
Most Improved Award: Biamba Kabengele
Most Inspirational Award: Bella Legarza
Extra Mile Award: Maggie Midgette
Spartan Award:
Sam McLean

Eileen Ellis, president of the SideOut Club, announced the Club's donation of $10,000 for use by the volleyball program.

 


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Big Ten and Other News

NCAA Will Not Hold Any Fall Championships

NCAA President Mark Emmert said on August 17 that the NCAA will not hold Division I fall championships this year. This means no NCAA tournament for volleyball, because fewer than half of the DI teams will be playing volleyball this fall. [full story]

No Pre-conference Competition for Fall 2020

The Big 10 conference announced July 9 that IF the conference is able to participate in fall sports the schedules will be limited to only the normal in-conference season. For volleyball this would eliminate the first four weeks typically filled with tournament play. Of course, it has not yet been decided whether the season will be played at all, when it would start, and whether fans will be allowed (or how many). [full statement]

Ella Wrobel, Jenna's Niece, is Top 2022 Wisconsin Recruit

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on June 27, 2020 that Ella Wrobel of Plainfield, Illinois has committed to play volleyball at the University of Wisconsin. The 6' 4" outside hitter is regarded as one of the top high-school players in the nation. Her aunt, Jenna Wrobel, was an outside hitter for MSU from 1995-1998, and is one of the Spartans' all-time greats. [full story]

Jen Flynn Returns to OSU as Head Coach

Ohio State announced on January 17, 2020 the hiring of Jen Flynn Oldenburg as the head coach of the women's volleyball program, replacing Geoff Carlston. Jen was a star player for OSU in the 1990's, when she became the first conference player to be named All-Big Ten at two different positions (setter and outside hitter). With this appointment, there are now three women head coaches for volleyball in the Big Ten. [Flynn story] [Carlston story]

Rutgers Names Schweihofer Head Coach

Caitlin Schweihofer is the new head volleyball coach at Rutgers University, replacing CJ Werneke for the 2020 season. This follows one year as head coach at Northeastern and five years at LaSalle. [Schweihofer story] [Wernecke story]