Volleyball earns Gutsy Five Set win over Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland- Michigan State’s volleyball program earned its fourth win in five sets on Friday, beating Maryland, 3-2 (25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-8) in sets alternated. The Spartans led a 10-0 run to close the fifth set and claim the team’s first Big Ten victory of the season.

Michigan State (10-4, 1-2 B1G) beat the Terrapins .234 to .225 using a 60-50 advantage in their favor. The Spartans hit a whopping .632 in the fifth set to spark the winning run. MSU hit .310 on transition and .333 on his first transition attack compared to .157 on the first ball attack.

Three Spartans finished with double-digit wins, led by a sophomore Aliyah Moore who posted a career-high 19 eliminations. First-year student Maradith O’Gorman had 13 kills for MSU, including six big ones in the fifth set to power Michigan State to victory. Finishing with his first career double-double was a first year Evie Doezema who had 12 kills and 11 digs while playing in six rotations. Second year Julia Bishop posted a season-high 44 assists as a junior Nalani Iosia had an 18 dig game.

The first set was hotly contested early on, with Michigan State only holding a one-point lead (16-15) just past the halfway point. The Spartans finished the set on a 9-3 run which saw them win the set by seven points, 25-18. Doezema and Moore killed the Spartans, but it was costly mistakes that ultimately doomed Maryland in the first set. Michigan State held the Terrapins to -0.095 hits in frame. Friday night, three of Michigan State’s six blocks went into the first set.

The second set was all Maryland as the Terps hit .400 and rode to a 25-15 win over the Spartans.

The teams continued to trade sets as Michigan State came back from an early 7-3 deficit to win the third set. MSU used a 7-1 run to take a 10-8 lead over Maryland with wins by Doezema, Moore and Iosia. The third set was the most back and forth set of the night as the teams traded six lead changes and seven ties. The set was tied until 18-18, which forced an MSU timeout. Michigan State again went 7-1 to close the set using kills from Bishop and Moore, along with a host of errors from Terrapin.

Maryland led up to 10 points in the fourth set before the Spartans started to lose the lead. Trailing 14-4, Michigan State brought the game back to four points, 18-14, after strong service runs from Doezema, Iosia and Bishop. Maryland didn’t break away, however, forcing a deciding fifth set to settle things.

Michigan State trailed 8-5 as the teams switched sides in the fifth set, but quick attacks from Doezema and Moore forced a timeout from Terrapin as Maryland suddenly found themselves trailing one. Another kill from Doezema and an ace from Bishop put the Spartans up three ahead Maradith O’Gorman finished them with three wins in the final four points of the game.

Notable:

  • Aubrey and Maradith O’Gorman became the first pair of sisters to start side-by-side for Michigan State since Tracy and Marley Bellwood did so in 2005. Aubrey O’Gorman finished the game with a career-high six kills as the sisters combined for 19 of Michigan State’s 60 kills.

Next: The Spartans remain on the road, heading to University Park, Pa. for a game at No. 12-ranked Penn State (12-2, 1-2 B1G) at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.

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