Michigan State senior Lauren Wicinski recorded her 2,000 career kill – one of her 16 total on the night – to help lead the Spartans to a 3-0 victory (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) over Eastern Michigan on Friday at Jenison Field House as part of the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. MSU won its seventh straight match to improve to 9-1 on the season, and has now won 16 consecutive non-conference matches on its home floor.
Alexis Mathews contributed nine kills and added four blocks, while Kristen Kelsay had 26 assists. Setter Halle Peterson made her season debut and had 14 assists as well. Junior Kori Moster moved closer to 1,250 digs by recording 21 on the night, giving her a career total of 1,229. Taylor Galloway turned in another solid eight kills and eight digs.
As for Wicinski, she entered the match with 1,990 career kills, the active kill leader in Division I volleyball. Early in the second set, Kelsay set up Wicinski in her sweet spot – the left side of the net – and she rolled the ball off the EMU blocker’s hand for the record-setting kill.
Wicinski is the ninth player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 kills, and just the third at MSU. Her 16 kills tonight puts her tied for second place all-time with Veronica Morales, who had 2,006. She trails recent MSU Hall of Fame inductee Jenna Wrobel, who had 2,296 in her career.
(The NCAA record book lists the top 25 kill leaders all-time, but does not have a comprehensive list of those with 2,000 kills. Via conference record books, research shows that there are fewer than 50 individuals who have reached the milestone. )