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.