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IPFW upset bid vs. Michigan State falls just short

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Saturday, September 08, 2012 12:49 am
The IPFW women's volleyball team came up six points short of pulling off one of its biggest upsets in program history.IPFW had its six-match winning streak snapped as it lost to Michigan State 23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 15-9 at the Spartan Invitational on Friday in East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State (7-0), which received votes in the latest top 25 national coaches poll, out-hit IPFW .274 to .189. In addition, the Spartans had only two attack errors and a .350 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.

The Mastodons (7-2) in the loss had four players finish with double digit kills — including outside attacker Emily Spencer who had a team-high 13 kills. Outside attacker Haley Emenhiser also added 11 kills in the loss.

Michigan State All-American outside attacker Lauren Wicinski had a match-high 23 kills against IPFW.

IPFW libero Tessa McGill had a season-high 29 digs. This was the sixth time this year that McGill, who leads the Summit League averaging more than six digs per game, had at least 20 digs in a match.

IPFW entered this match having not beaten a Big Ten school since defeating Ohio State in 1986.

Following its near upset of Michigan State, IPFW will conclude the non-conference tournament Saturday with matches against Georgia at 10 a.m. and Albany at 5:30 p.m.

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