The Michigan State volleyball team completed the opening weekend of conference play with a statement, sweeping No. 1 Minnesota on its home floor, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22) to impreove to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play. Minnesota is now 12-1 and 1-1 after one weekend of conference action.
The Spartans, who began Big Ten play with an upset of No. 5 Wisconsin on Friday, staged a remarkable comeback in the third set. Leading the match 2-0, the Green and White fell behind by nine, 16-7, by a fired-up Minnesota side, who looked to defend its home floor and push it to four sets. MSU then unleashed a 16-4 run, and finished off the match on a 18-6 run overall to take the 3-0 sweep in front of a capacity crowd at Maturi Pavilion.
True to form, the Spartans had a balanced attack with contributions from throughout its lineup. Autumn Bailey had her second consecutive double-double ith 14 kills and 13 digs, Brooke Kranda led the way with a match-best 15 kills and added three blocks, and and Holly Toliver had 10 kills, three blocks, and seven digs. Racnhel Minarick turned in her third double-double of the year with 43 assists and 10 digs.
Freshman Stephanie Samedy had 11 kills and hit .407 for the home team, while Alexhis Hart had seven kills. Samantha Seliger-Swenson had 32 assists, five digs, and four blocks. The loss snapped a 40-match winning streak at the Pav for the Gophers, dating back to 2014.
MSU fell behind by four early in the first set (7-3), but after a kill by Bailey to trim it to three and get the sideout, Holly Toliver stepped in and delivered three straight service aces to tie it up at 7-7. MSU began to pull away by using a pair of runs of four and six points respectively to take leads of 12-9 and 20-12.