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.