Michigan State volleyball will look to carry their success against Rutgers last Saturday into this weekend as they host Indiana (11-4) Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 14 Purdue (13-2) Saturday at 7 p.m. to end a four-game home stand.
The Spartans split their first Big Ten games at home last weekend, losing 3-0 to No. 9 Penn State and beating Rutgers, 3-1.
The challenges that the team faced last weekend included slow starts to sets, especially against the Nittany Lions. It is something that was improved upon against Rutgers, but head coach Cathy George discussed after both games how much the team needed energy.
While the Spartans are the youngest team in the Big Ten, they do not want to use that as an excuse. Instead, they are focusing on players, especially freshmen, learning from their mistakes.
This weekend, fixing those mistakes not only starts with bringing more energy, but also finding momentum earlier in the sets and keeping it throughout.
Sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Chronowski played a huge part in last weekend’s win against the Scarlett Knights, recording a career-high 20 kills. She is emerging even more as a leader and will be key for the Spartans, especially against the nationally-ranked Boilermakers.
After her big game last weekend, Chronowski said she wanted the Spartans to bring the fight into their matchups against the Hoosiers and Boilermakers.
“When we play our best volleyball, we are a force to be reckoned with and we need to fight for long enough and not just in little spurts, but the entire game,” said Chronowski. “We gotta respect every team that comes on the opposite side of the net and know that we are here because we are good enough to be here and they have to handle us as much as we have to handle them and just fight.”