#18 Michigan State Hits Nearly .400 In Sweep Of (RV) Ohio State

  0 Kyp Harasymowycz | October 01st, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News


  • #18 Michigan State def. (RV) Ohio State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-17)
  • MSU improves to 11-2, 4-0; OSU drops to 9-6, 2-2
  • East Lansing, Michigan
  • Attendance: 4027
  • Box score

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State continues their impressive Big Ten run with another victory, this time over Ohio State in straight sets. This was the Spartans’ 6th straight victory, the longest current streak in the Big Ten. A balanced attack from the Spartans had no attacker hit below .308 as the team averaged 16 kills per set.

Leading the offensive onslaught were Brooke Kranda (14-5-26) and Autumn Bailey (13-2-25). Rachel Minarick led the ever-efficient offense with 38 assists. Minarick also passed a few all-time records in Michigan State history; she passed Christie Landry (3761) and Courtney DeBolt (3773) for third on the all-time assist list with 3790.

After their impressive four-set victory over Purdue last week, this was the Buckeyes’ second straight loss. Freshman libero Hannah Gruensfelder led all defenders with 10 digs, and Ashley Wenz led OSU with 9 kills, 2 blocks and 2 digs. Setter Taylor Hughes ran the Buckeye offense to a .214 clip with 22 assists and 4 kills.

With Nebraska’s comeback five-set victory over Wisconsin, a battle of undefeated Big Ten teams looms. Michigan State travels to Nebraska on Wednesday evening for a match on the Big Ten Network.


Courtesy of Michigan State Athletics

No. 16 Michigan State volleyball team completed its first home weekend of the Big Ten season with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Ohio State (25-13, 25-18, 25-17). MSU is now 11-2 and a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten play, while Ohio State falls to 9-6 and 2-2 in Big Ten matches.

The win, along with a 3-2 comeback win for No. 8 Nebraska over Wisconsin, sets up a battle of the Big Ten’s two unbeatens on Wednesday when the Spartans travel to Nebraska for a match that will air live on Big Ten Network. The Huskers beat Minnesota 3-0 on Friday before rallying from a 2-0 deficit on Saturday night to defeat the Badgers.

The Spartans were in control from wire to wire, spreading their offense and hitting better than .400 in the first and final sets to seal their sixth consecutive victory, the longest active winning streak in the Big Ten. Brooke Kranda led all scorers with 14 kills, hitting .345 and adding an ace and a pair of blocks. Autumn Bailey just missed a double-double with 13 kills and nine digs, adding a solo block and a pair of service aces while hitting .440.

No Spartan with at least one attempt hit lower than .308 in the match, and four players hit .400 or better. Holly Toliver hit .471 with nine kills and four digs.

No Buckeyes got to double-digit kills; Ashley Wenx had nine kills and a pair of blocks to lead her team, while Luisa Schirmer had six kills, five digs, and two blocks. Madison Smeathers had three blocks and five kills while hitting .571, as the Buckeyes had more blocks than MSU (5-4). The Spartans, however, led in kills (48-30), digs (37-26), and aces (5-0).

Rachel Minarick‘s 38 assists pushed her career total to 3,790. She moved past Christie Landry(3,761) and Courtney DeBolt (3,773) to take over third place on MSU’s all-time career assist list.

” I like that our players seem to be in a very good space – we’re a mature team and there’s a good example being set by our upperclassmen. They have been through the rigors of a Big Ten season and are setting an excellent tone and are using their previous experiences to shape how we’re attacking every match this season. We may bend but haven’t broken – we’ve made some good adjustments and are really getting so much from our senior class. This is setting us up for a really big week next week when we play Nebraska and Wisconsin, and I think our players are really excited for that challenge.”

– Head Coach Cathy George



  • Autumn Bailey had 13 kills and nine digs, hititng .440 and adding a pair of aces and a solo block.
  • Brooke Kranda had a match-high 14 kills and had a pair of blocks.
  • Holly Toliver had nine kills and hit better than .470 for the second straight match, adding two assists, our digs, and a block.
  • Rachel Minarick finished with 38 assists, two aces, and seven digs.
  • Rachel Minarick moved into third place all-time at MSU with 3,790 in her career.
  • The Spartans own the longest active winning streak in the Big Ten (six games).
  • MSU allowed the Buckeyes just 48 points, the second-fewest points allowed in a match this season. MSU allowed just 44 vs. Furman in the season opener, and also allowed 48 to San Diego State.
  • Ten of MSU’s 11 wins have been in three sets, including three straight. The Wisconsin match was a five-set victory.
  • Between the second and third sets, Chloe Reinig’s All-American banner was unveiled in the Jenison Field House rafters. She was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2014 and graduated last spring.GAME REPLAY 
  • SET ONE: The teams each called for a challenge in the first six points of the match, but both went MSU’s way as the team raced out to an 11-4 lead. The Spartans just continued its slow, methodical approach, going up eight (16-8) and eventually 11 (20-9). As it has in recent games, the Spartans took care of their own business, posting four service aces and gathering 14 kills in the frame. A kill by Megan Tompkins got the Spartans to set point at 24-13, and Toliver powered an out-of-system ball across the net and to the floor for the first-set victory. The MSU offense was also distributed evenly – four players had three kills each and the Spartans hit .407 (14-3-27) and limited the Buckeyes to .167 (.8-4-24). The Buckeyes did out-block the Spartans in the frame by a 2-0 margin.
  • SET TWO: MSU was up as many as four points early in the second set (10-6), and Ohio State called its second time out with MSU leading 16-9. The Buckeyes came back with a block and a kill to trim it to 17-11, but MSU never allowed the visitors to get closer than three points and closed out a 25-18 win in the frame. The Spartans recorded their first two blocks of the match, nd got six kills and a block by Kranda along with an ace to pace the offense. Toliver had four kills on six swings as well as MSU hit .265, and the Buckeyes hit .207.
  • SET THREE: The teams battled to a 7-7- tie, but a 3-0 MSU run make OSU call its first time out trailing 10-7. Back-to-back kills by Kranda and a line shot by Autumn Bailey gave MSU its largest lead to that point of the set at 15-10. The Buckeyes cut it down to two at 15-13, but a Bailey tool off the block and Kranda kill pushed it back out to a four-point advantage. The Spartans got to set point at 23-17 on a 6-3 run, and Autumn Bailey sealed the win with back-to-back kills to finish it off. The Spartans hit .533 in the final frame (18-2-30), led by Bailey’s seven kills and Kranda’s six.

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

EAST LANSING, Mich. — It was a tough night for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as it dropped a straight-set decision (25-13, 25-18, 25-17) to No. 16 Michigan State (11-2, 4-0 B1G) on Saturday at Jenison Field House. The loss moves the Buckeyes to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten outings.

Ashley Wenz tallied nine kills for the Buckeyes. Madison Smeathers (5-1-7) and Taylor Hughes (4-0-7) both had a .571 hitting percentage. Hughes also dished 22 assists and Smeathers recorded three blocks. Hannah Gruensfelder had a match-best 10 digs.

SET 1: The Buckeyes struggled to get their offense going as they hit .167 to start the match. A block by Wenz halted seven straight points by the Spartans. MSU thwarted any further attempts to take the set, 25-13.

SET 2: A 5-1 run for MSU made it 15-8 and OSU needed to use its second timeout of the frame. The Buckeyes strung together three points on a Luisa Schirmer kill, Smeathers-Schirmer block and MSU error to send the Spartans to their bench. Unfortunately, the home team had the last three points to claim the second stanza, 25-18.

SET 3: The Scarlet & Gray kept the score close to open the third. The two teams exchanged points but the Spartans went ahead 14-9. OSU chipped away at the lead to pull within two, 15-13, and force a MSU timeout. The Spartans outscored the Buckeyes, 10-4, to close the evening, 25-17.

The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena to host No. 3 Penn State on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.


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