Penn State-Michigan State Postgame Notes

Dec. 13, 2013

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Team Records and Series Notes:

  • Penn State improves to 31-2, while Michigan State closes the season 23-12.
  • Penn State advances to the Lexington Regional final on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET against the winner of match two between No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Minnesota.
  • One of Penn State’s two losses was to Michigan State at home on Sept. 27.
  • Penn State leads the all-time series, 38-7.

First Set:

  • Penn State jumped out to a 5-1 lead, earning the early advantage.
  • Michigan State responded with a 6-2 run after falling behind by four to square the set at seven.
  • Both teams traded points and neither side had more than a two-point lead until Michigan State claimed at 24-21 to earn three set points.
  • Penn State was forced to use both of its timeouts in the set, and fell 25-22.
  • Michigan State’s Lauren Wicinski had a set-high seven kills.
  • Michigan State’s Taylor Galloway and Kristen Kelsay both finished with five digs.
  • Every Penn State player that played in the first set had at least one kill.

Second Set:

  • Michigan State started the second set strong, scoring four of the first five points to take a 4-1 lead.
  • Penn State went on a 6-1 run to lead the Spartans, 7-5, early in the set.
  • Penn State’s 5-3 run forced Michigan State to call a timeout when the score was 12-8 in favor of the Nittany Lions.
  • Penn State pulled away for a set point, 24-16, the highest lead in the set.
  • Penn State won the set 25-17, tying the Spartans with one set a piece.
  • Penn State had three players with four kills and two players with five digs.
  • Penn State hit .680 in the set, while limiting the Spartans to a mere .200.
  • Every Penn State player had at least one kill in the set.

Third Set:

  • Penn State and Michigan State exchanged points early in the set, until Penn State went on a 5-1 run to lead the Spartans, 8-4.
  • Penn State forced Michigan State to use its final timeout of the set after expanding its lead to 17-10.
  • Penn State claimed the set after three set points, 25-17 leading the Spartans in the match, 2-1.
  • Kori Moster (MSU) led the set with six digs.
  • Penn State had four players with four or more digs.

Fourth Set:

  • Penn State pulled out with an early lead, 8-5.
  • Michigan State went on a 6- 4 run to cut Penn State’s lead, 12-11.
  • Penn State called a timeout on its second set point after a Michigan State got within two points at 24-22.
  • Michigan State was down four set points but saved three of them consecutively before Penn State claimed the set, 25-23.
  • Penn State finished the match with 11 team blocks compared to Michigan State’s four.

Individual Notes:  

  • Allyssah Fitterer (MSU) led all players in the match with 18 kills. She hit .441 and three digs.
  • Kori Moster (MSU), the B1G Defensive Player of the Year, recorded a match-high 20 digs.
  • Micha Hancock (PSU) recorded a double-double with a match-high 47 assists and 14 digs.
  • Dominique Gonzalez (PSU) had a team high 16 digs.