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9/30 @Penn State 7:00 p.m. ET
10/1 @Rutgers 7:00 p.m. ET
9/23 Nebraska def. MSU 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 16-14)
9/23 MSU def. Iowa 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18)
Big Ten record: 1-1, 6th place (tie)
Overall record: 12-2, ranked #18
10/7 Ohio State
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
9/4 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
After a very good pre-conference run of victories, the AVCA Coaches Poll for September 19 shows MSU on the rise, with a national ranking of #20. This is the highest ranking for the Spartans at this point in the season since 2013. In addition, the Pablo computer rankings put the Spartans at number 14.
MSU's 2016 opening home tournament will feature an appearance by the Florida Gators. Florida has one of the top volleyball programs in the country, ranked number 10 in the 2016 AVCA pre-season poll, and this will be their first appearance in Jenison Field House. The game is set for Sunday September 4 at 3:30 p.m. [full 2016 schedule]
On February 17, 2016, head coach Cathy George announced the selection of JT Wenger as an assistant coach for Michigan State volleyball. JT has most recently been associate head coach at University of Colorado for the last two years. He played volleyball at UCLA in 2001 through 2004 and has had a wide variety of other coaching experience prior to Colorado. [full story]
Associate Head Coach Mike Gawlik has accepted the head coaching position for Central Michigan University's women's volleyball team. Mike had been with the Spartan volleyball program since 2005, first as volunteer assistant coach, then as assistant coach, and finally associate head coach. We're thrilled to have had Mike here for these many years and we wish him the very best in the rest of his career! [full story]
The 2016 AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason poll shows the MSU volleyball program getting quite a few votes, but not quite enough to crack the top 25. This is about the same spot they finished in the final poll for 2015. Indications are that the team should be stronger this year, so we're expecting the Spartans to climb in the poll. [full poll]
The SideOut Club’s Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Jenison Field House, between games during the spring tournament (see below). The meeting is scheduled for noon in classroom 209 in Jenison.
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 16th!
The Spartans will host a nine-team spring tournament in Jenison Field House on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Teams will include MSU volleyball alumni, Wright State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Findlay, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, and Central Michigan. Games will start at 9 a.m. and admission is free. [full schedule]
The tournament will be the first chance for fans to see the team's two new freshman middle blockers, Olivia Bishop and Sarah Shafiq, who just arrived at MSU for spring semester.
The spring schedule will open four weeks earlier on March 19 with the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Volleyball Showcase at Aquinas College. MSU will play Michigan at 6:30 p.m.
March 25 brings a 7:30 p.m. game against Ohio State at the Premier Academy in Maumee, Ohio. On April 9, the Spartans will be at the KIVA Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
(Note: because of the nature of spring scheduling, all times are subject to change, but will be more firm as the events get closer.)
Defending national champion Nebraska is ranked number 1 in the 2016 AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason poll, with a total of 7 Big Ten teams in the top 25, more than any other conference. [full poll]
The NCAA has approved a video review system to challenge referee calls starting in the 2016 season. In 2015 there was a similar experimental system used at a few schools.
The Playing Rules committee also voted to eliminate the little-used pursuit rule due to safety concerns. [full story]
Keylor Chan is out as head volleyball coach at Northwestern University after 16 seasons. 2015 was a losing season for the Wildcats, their first since 2008. Their overall record during Chan's tenure was 228-247.
Taking over in Evanston is Shane Davis, moving from just a few miles away after 12 years leading the Loyola University men's volleyball program, a stint that included two national championships. [full story]
Chan, who is married to former Spartan volleyball player Maren Witzel, has accepted the position of head coach at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. [full story]
The Big Ten has a record number of nine teams in the 2015 NCAA tournament, more than any other conference, including five of the 16 seeded teams as well as four of the top seven seeds.