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Rivalry games on tap for MSU volleyball, hockey teams; Academic honors for football

The MSU volleyball team will be trying to take another step in the NCAA Tournament while facing a familiar opponent.

The Spartans will face rival Michigan tonight in a Sweet 16 matchup at the University of California.

“Our last meeting against them didn’t go so well, so I’m excited to be able to try and rectify that,” junior outside hitter Alexis Mathews told Solari for a story that’s in today’s LSJ. “To be playing your archrival in the NCAA Tournament, that’s exciting.”

The teams split their regular-season meetings and are facing off in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. This is MSU’s first trip to the regional semifinals since 2007.

The hockey team also will be heading to South Bend for a pair of games against Notre Dame. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports tonight and on Comcast 900 on Saturday. The Irish are one of the nation’s top defensive teams while the Spartans have struggled offensively of late. MSU has just one goal in its last 11 periods and will be trying to end that slump.

Also Boston College coach Jerry York needs a win to surpass former MSU coach Ron Mason as the winningest in college history. They are currently tied at 924. York’s Boston College squad faces Providence tonight.

Also several football players have earned academic honors. Punter Mike Sadler and linebacker Max Bullough were each named Second Team All-Americans on Thursday. The duo also was joined by teammates Jack Allen, Jeremy Gainer, Andrew Gleichert, Travis Jackson, Nate Klatt, Paul Lang, Andrew Maxwell, Keith Mumphery, Niko Palazeti, Ethan Ruhland, Andre Sims Jr. and Blake Treadwell on the Academic All-Big Ten team. The 14 Academic All-Big Ten selections are the third-highest single-season total in program history.

MSU had 18 football players earn academic all-conference honors in 2005 and 16 in 2006.

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27 Responses to Rivalry games on tap for MSU volleyball, hockey teams; Academic honors for football

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Time for our volleyball team to advance to the elite eight and prove once and for all that Michigan is not an elite athletic department. I hold the Wolverine in low regard.

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hockey on the Tube, Volleyball on the tablet, and connecting with other fans on Spartan Shadows – ah the thrill of it all. Thanks to Chris and Brian for making it so.

  3. avatar SpartanGeoff71 says:

    Gotta love modern technology Marine!

  4. avatar headeast says:

    When does the Narduzzi to the Bearcats watch begin…I see Steve Stripling takes over for the bowl game…

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Then I’d say after the Bowls, also not as “sexy” a pick this year as last. The Treadwell experience at Miami and Enos at CMU are cautionary tales.

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      Why does tweet from a sports journalist speculating that Narduzzi MAY be considered a candidate qualify as news?

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        It’s the culture we live in, why would a no-talented heiress cause such a stir that it’s followed by 100 news hounds? Or an overweight woman of loose morals?

  5. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Narduzzi as a possible candidate for Cinci job: http://www.freep.com/article/20121207/SPORTS07/121207039/michigan-state-pat-narduzzi-cincinnati?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Michigan State Spartans

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      Rexrode’s writing an article about possibilities and a journalist’s tweet is a sad example of journalism-creating an event before the event actually occurs, and it may not occur.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Nards was rumored for Boston College as well. It just has to play out , he deserves a head job.

      • avatar MayoSpartan says:

        During all these “News” breaks about speculative coaching candidates, the MSU recruiters are on the horn with verbal commits assuring them that it’s just a rumor, and MSU is still the place for them … it’s irresponsible.

        • avatar headeast says:

          Lots of good candidates for the Bearcat job…Matt Campbell, Toledo HC…Pete Lembo, Ball St. HC…Kerry Coombs, DBC Ohio ST. My 2 cents Narduzzi stays…

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Well Mayo ,

          I can only tell you this , it happens everywhere that successful coordinators are on short lists of 3-5 names every year. Sometimes they interview and do not get picked. Nards does not know before a phone call if he will be interviewed. He does not know before the interview that he will be the candidate of choice. So what do you expect MSU to do. It is not a secret, just part of the system. I know an MSU alum who was in the diplomatic corp, they do not have a lot of choice in how the game is played but if all the other nations play you have no choice. Not the answer you wanted but it is an imperfect system

          Go Green.

          • avatar headeast says:

            ESPN Insider…Dan Roushar good fit for the WMU job…

          • avatar MayoSpartan says:

            Really? Will the gannett papers have writers using Borges and Mattison names as candidates for any positions where they previously worked or have ties to? Mattison is from Wisconsin. Borges coached at UCal and AUburn. These coordinators are successful part of an 18 – 7 over program over two years in an up and coming program. They are big part of a top 25 ranked team both years… So, why are these names not thrown around ?

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          And they have to sell “newspapers”, if the public didn’t want the speculation, they wouldn’t do it, just like if the public didn’t want to see Paris Hilton (and others) go commando, they wouldn’t do it and the “media” wouldn’t take the pictures. You have missed the entire “reality show” culture that has grown out of control in your home world. This is all just an extension of Jersey Shore.

  6. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Ah, so the that no good coward silverman is drinking a little early in the day and ponying up the ten spot for Bill the Janitor to post on a blog that nobody reads. (a bird whispered in my ear, I din’t click on the Cracker’s blog) VERY brave, very manly, very macho. Been hanging out with the bowtie-boy again have we?

    I would expect Silverman NOT to get this whole “doing things for others” idea that Mr Hollis is promoting with the Cowboy Stadium games.

    Silverman would have been a draft dodging, move to Canada kind of guy back in my day because, as with most cowards and bullies, they are all about themselves, only. Silverman doesn’t understand the words sacrifice or honor, he only understands ME FIRST. On the Titanic, he’d be trying to bump the little kids from the lifeboats. My brother tells the story of my Grandfather having return tickets.

    Bill, I understand that today’s bounty will be double the going rate, so come on over and post away, we will let you earn your money. Folks, let’s leave Markie Mark alone, he needs the tenner per post to pay his rent.

    • avatar MGoBlow says:

      Unorthodox is not a positive word. If we won a Nat’l championship – Grammy Walmart’s tag line would be “MSU wins Nat’l Championship, but in closer than expected score.” Can he get the cob out of his backside about MSU or just move on.

  7. avatar MayoSpartan says:

    By the way, a CONGRATULATIONS to all 14 MSU Football Academic All Americans and ALL B1G honors.

  8. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Thanks for the updates, Brian.

    Rats, I thought because we were playing the SkunkBears tonight that BTN would actually telecast this V-Ball game.

    Nope. ESPeeN3.com only, dangit.

    Here a shout out to the late Dave Brubeck. RIP my friend.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Yes, I do not know why btn does not have a sweet 16 game on, could someone be whistling through the graveyard with fear that MSU could win tonight forcing UM fans to cry in their beer?

  9. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    Women’s volleyball is my favorite women’s sport. My gentlemanly nature will spare the reasons why….

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