Hoosiers Fall to Michigan State
Nov. 12, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In a stifling hot Jenison Field House, the Hoosiers fell to 9-19 (2-14 Big Ten) on the season in a difficult 3-0 (30-21, 30-17, 30-13) loss to Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Nov. 12.
Individually, freshman outside hitter Erica Short paced IU with 11 kills, while freshman setter Laura Holm registered 15 assists. Meanwhile, freshman setter Jessica Batliner notched 10 assists, while junior libero Sara Diehl posted 11 digs.
Notably, Short took sole possession of second place on the IU freshman single-season kill chart with 343 at the 13-13 mark of the first game. The Orrville, Ohio product closed out the match with 352 career kills, just 12 behind record-holder Christina Archibald's 364 tally set in 2001.
Also of note, senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle moved up to ninth place on IU's block assists career list with her second of the contest with Michigan State leading 14-5 in the second game. With 234 career block assists, the Sussex, Wis., native now stands one behind eighth-place Amanda Walker's 235 tally recorded from 1997-00.
In the first frame, the Hoosiers jumped out to an early 8-6 advantage. Unfortunately, the Spartans countered with a 5-0 run to take an 11-8 lead. Indiana responded with a 4-0 run of its own to build a 12-11 lead. The two squads then battled back and forth until Michigan State pushed out to a 19-15 advantage. MSU continued to pour on the steam as the Spartans increased their lead to 26-19. Michigan State went on to take a 1-0 lead with a 30-21 win in the first game.
The second stanza belonged to the Spartans as MSU registered a blistering .424 hitting percentage in the game to streak to a 30-17 victory. The win pushed MSU's match-lead to 2-0.
The third game proved to be more of the same as Michigan State powered past the Hoosiers, 30-13, to capture the 3-0 win.
Next up, the Hoosiers conclude their four-match road swing with contests against Illinois and Purdue. Indiana tangles with the Illini on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., before heading to West Lafayette for an early 4:30 p.m. tilt against the Boilermakers.
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