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9/25 Rutgers def. MSU 3-2 (17-25, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, 15-7)

9/23 Nebraska def. MSU 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-23)

Big Ten record: 0-2, 11th place (T)

Overall record: 9-4, not ranked

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News Links

9/18 MSU State News
MSU volleyball sweeps opponents in Green and White Classic despite injury

9/8 Business Wire
United Wholesale Mortgage Offers NIL Deal to MSU Volleyball Athletes

8/25 Lansing State Journal
Leah Johnson taking her swing at lifting Michigan State volleyball program

7/7 MSU State News
Inside the contracts of MSU's four newly hired head coaches

7/6 MSU State News
Michigan State volleyball to switch home court from Jenison Fieldhouse to Breslin Center

6/30 Detroit Free Press
How Michigan State's Jake Barreau is helping grow LGBTQ representation in sports

1/14 Lansing State Journal
'Trailblazer' Cathy George retires as MSU volleyball coach; national search to begin

1/14 MSU State News
MSU Volleyball Coach Cathy George announces retirement

What's Going On in Spartan Volleyball

Full Schedule for Green & White Classic Tournament

Check out the schedule page for the details of all six matches of the Spartans' second tournament of the season on September 16 and 17. The first whistle will be at 2:30 pm on Friday September 16 with Chicago State vs. Evansville.

North Carolina and Duke Matches Televised

The road matches at North Carolina and Duke on 9/9 and 9/10 will be televised on the ACC Network which is carried on some cable and satellite services. On East Lansing/Meridian Comcast, it is channel 1325.

Best Start Since 2012

After the first two weekends of the 2022 season, Spartan volleyball is undefeated! It's only six matches, and the competition has not been the strongest, but in the record book 6-0 is the best start for MSU since 2012. Next up on September 9 and 10 is the real test of the pre-conference season, with matches against top-75 opponents North Carolina and Duke.

As would be expected the starting lineup is in flux, with Coach Johnson using a 5-1 offense the first weekend and then trying out a 6-2 the next. Fifteen athletes have seen action, with eleven of them getting court time in 12 or more of the 25 sets played so far.

Streaming Opportunity for 9/2 match at Navy

Spartan volleyball fans will have a rare chance to watch a broadcast of a non-conference away match on Friday September 2. The 7:00 p.m. match against Navy will be streamed on the ESPN+ service, but a subscription is required (minimum one month for $9.99).

Full Schedule for Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational Tournament

Check out the schedule page for the details of all six matches of the Spartans' home opener tournament on August 26 and 27. The first whistle will be at noon on Friday August 26 with Louisiana playing Eastern Michigan.

First SideOut Club Events of the Season!

August 20 will see three SideOut Club events to start the 2022 season. It will start at 10:00 a.m. in Jenison Field House, which will be open to Club members to watch the volleyball team's morning practice. When practice ends (about 11:30) the annual SideOut Club membership meeting will be held.

At 6 p.m. that evening we'll get together at Reno's East for the First Serve Dinner, a chance to meet the 2022 Spartans and the coaching staff. Hope to see you there!

55 Big Ten Volleyball Matches to be Televised in 2022

The Big Ten Network will carry at least 47 women's volleyball matches during the 2022 season, featuring all 14 teams. ESPN channels will televise an additional six matches and two will be on FS1. All other non-televised conference matches will be streamed on the B1G+ subscription service, completing the 100% video coverage of the Big Ten volleyball season. [full story]

Volleyball to be Played at Breslin This Fall

That's the word from MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller in a story published in The Detroit News on June 6, 2022. In an interview with Matt Charboneau of the paper, Haller is quoted as saying that he will be "making sure the volleyball team is playing and practicing more at the Breslin Center for the 2022-23 season".

This move is part of an effort that Haller describes as preparing all MSU sports to "go after success". Another significant part of the effort for volleyball is "plans to raise anywhere from $12 million to $17 million for [Head Coach] Johnson’s team to have its own space", in other words, a dedicated facility for volleyball.

Volleyball fans have been waiting for this for years. It still seems like a difficult task, so let's hope MSU is able to make it happen! [full story]

 


Previous 2022 News

 

First Luncheon with the New Coach

You are invited to join us for a special edition of Inside MSU Volleyball at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13th at Reno’s East, 1310 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

This is your opportunity to meet new Head Volleyball Coach Leah Johnson and the rest of the Spartan staff while enjoying lunch at Reno’s! You will hear from Coach Johnson on how her first few weeks have been in East Lansing, her immediate tasks, and what her vision is for Michigan State Volleyball!

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a full lunch menu available for your purchase. Bring a friend…bring your family…bring any Spartan fan you know!

Spartans Welcome a Middle Blocker, Lose a DS

Lauren Schutter, a 6' 2" middle blocker from Alma, Kansas has signed to attend MSU in the fall, after initially being recruited to Illinois State by new MSU head volleyball coach Leah Johnson. Lauren was a three-sport star at Wabaunsee High School, excelling at volleyball, basketball and track. [full story]

The same day, Penn State volleyball announced that defensive specialist Gillian Grimes, originally an MSU signee for former head coach Cathy George, will now play as a Nittany Lion instead. [full story]

MSU Adds Two Transfers

The month of March starts off with the fall 2022 volleyball roster increasing by two. Setter Zoe Nunez transfers in as a graduate student from Notre Dame where she was twice named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team. [full story]

Outside hitter Aliyah Moore joins the Spartans from Illinois State, following new MSU head coach Leah Johnson. Aliyah, who will be a sophomore, was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman team for 2021. [full story]

Sarah Franklin Leaves for Wisconsin

After two seasons playing for the Spartans, outside hitter Sarah Franklin has transferred to the University of Wisconsin. She led the Spartans in kills per set in 2021 and earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors. [full story]

Leah Jonson Joins the Spartans as Seventh Head Volleyball Coach

It was announced on February 7, 2022 that Leah Johnson will be the new volleyball coach at Michigan State University. She comes to MSU after five seasons at Illinois State University where she took the Redbirds to the NCAA tournament four consecutive times and was named the 2021 AVCA North Region Coach of the Year. Prior to that she was the head coach a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for six seasons. She had a notable career as a defensive specialist at Missouri State from 2000-2003. We look forward to the experience, energy, and enthusiasm she will bring to Spartan volleyball! [full story]

Big Changes Coming for 2022

Following the announced retirement of head coach Cathy George, it appears that 2022 may bring the biggest roster changes in Spartan volleyball history. As of January 22 it's being reported that three of MSU's statistical leaders have put their names in the transfer portal to find a spot at another school. This is in addition to the reports at the beginning of the month that two graduating seniors with remaining eligibility will play elsewhere while pursuing graduate degrees. Talia Edmonds will go to University of Hawai'i with two remaining years of eligibility, while Molly Johnson is going to New Mexico State with one year of eligibility.

Cathy George Retires After 17 Seasons at MSU

On January 14, head volleyball coach Cathy George announced her retirement from Michigan State University. She had been the Spartans' coach since 2005. She was the fifth head coach in the history of Spartan volleyball and also the winningest. The SideOut Club and all volleyball fans will miss her and wish her the best in retirement! [full story]

Volleyball Banquet to be Rescheduled

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the previously announced volleyball banquet has been postponed until a future date, to be determined later.

The 2021 year-end volleyball banquet will be held Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. You can buy tickets online until January 5, but seating is limited.

 

For news from previous years, click on "Archive" in the top menu.

 

Big Ten and Other News

Big Ten Leads AVCA Preseason Poll

Nebraska volleyball is number one in the 2022 American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll, released August 15. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio State placed third, fifth, and seventh, with Purdue, Illinois and Penn State joining them in the top 20. [full story]

Rules Changes for 2022

There will be minimal changes to NCAA women's volleyball rules for 2022, with none of the changes affecting the play on the court. The most significant one is that teams will have two available challenges per match, down from three. However now if a challenge is upheld, the team will keep that challenge to use again. There are three other minor rules changes. [full story]

2022 Big Ten Preseason Poll

Wisconsin and Nebraska are likely to finish first and second in the conference this season according to Big Ten coaches. MSU appears in eleventh position, the same as last year's finish. [full story]

The coaches also chose a 15-member preseason all-conference team, with no MSU players making the cut.

Franklin Chosen for Collegiate National Team

Former Spartan Sarah Franklin is one of nine Big Ten volleyball players selected for the 2022 U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team. These college athletes will train alongside the U.S. Women's National Team in Anaheim, California June 19-25. [full story]

Monson Named Head Coach at Carleton College

Former MSU Spartan Abby Monson has been hired as head volleyball coach for Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Abby was a libero/defensive specialist at MSU from 2014 to 2017. [full story]