IOWA CITY, Iowa. - No. 24 MSU (14-2, 2-2 Big Ten) volleyball defeated Iowa (8-9, 0-4 Big Ten) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 3-0. The Spartans won by scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-22. The sweep against the Hawkeyes gave head coach Cathy George her 500th career win, becoming the 34th active coach to reach the 500 win milestone.
"It got me a little choked up, it was nice to see our fans come out and support that," head coach Cathy George said. "I have a wonderful staff and everyone that is on it has been tremendous. I have a lot of great memories from the years I have coached and a lot of special people in that mix."
Junior Lauren Wicinski led all players with 14 kills in the match and also added two service aces. Kristen Kelsay notched a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs for the Spartans. Defensively, Kori Moster had 20 digs and Alexis Mathews added six blocks to go along with seven kills.
MSU took the first set from the Hawkeyes, 25-19. It started as a back-and-forth set and the score was tied 8-8 before the Spartans were able to go on a run to take control of the game. MSU went up 18-13 and a Lauren Wicinski ace ended a 4-0 run for Michigan State and forced an Iowa timeout. Wicinski had five kills in set one and Taylor Galloway added four of her own.
The Spartans kept the pressure on in set two and went on an 8-0 run while trailing 13-11. MSU took a 19-13 lead in the set and won 25-16 to go up 2-0 in the match. Wicinski paced the Spartans with another five kills and Kristen Kelsay had nine assists in the game. Iowa had nine kills and 11 errors, giving them a negative hitting percentage in the set.
Michigan State grinded out a 25-22 win in set three to complete the sweep and the final set consisted of 8 ties and three lead changes. The Spartans were up 23-22 in the set and Amy Dentlinger and Taylor Galloway had consecutive kills to seal the match for the Spartans.
MSU is back in action next weekend when it travels to take on Wisconsin on Oct. 5 and Minnesota on Oct. 6.