Michigan State Athletics announced Wednesday that the school’s volleyball program will play all home games for the upcoming 2022-23 season at Breslin Center, moving from their longtime home of Jenison Field House.
The Spartans have a new coach in Leah Johnson (who came from East Lansing of Illinois) who replaced retired Cathy George. MSU last played volleyball at Breslin Center in 2010, where they beat Michigan 3 sets to nil.
Coach Johnson commented on today’s announcement:
“Big Ten Volleyball is the best show in the country and moving to Breslin Center this season will allow us to create one of the best and most unique home court advantages in the country. We couldn’t be more excited to ushering in the new era of Spartan Volleyball in Breslin this season. Playing in an electric venue like Breslin will allow us to provide an even better match atmosphere for our student-athletes and fans. I would like to thank the Vice President and Director of sports Alain Haller and Associate DA of Sports Administration Julee Burgess for their support, and to Tom (Izzo) and Suzy (Merchant) for welcoming us so enthusiastically!”
The Spartan volleyball program has struggled in recent years. They were 11-18 in 2021 in the extremely tough Big Ten conference. They were 15-15 in 2019 and finished 17-16 in 2018. The Spartan Ladies last competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2017, where they made it all the way to the Regional Finals (lost to Penn State 3 sets versus zero). It was the last of seven consecutive trips to the Big Dance for the Spartans.
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