MSU Volleyball To Play All Home Matches At Breslin Center In ’22-23
Michigan State Athletics announced on Wednesday that the school's volleyball program will play all home matches in the upcoming 2022-23 season at the Breslin Center, moving from their longtime home of Jenison Field House.
The Spartans have a new coach in Leah Johnson (who came the East Lansing from Illinois) who replaced the retired Cathy George. MSU last played a volleyball match in the Breslin Center in 2010, where they beat Michigan 3 sets to none.
Coach Johnson commented on today's announcement:
"Big Ten Volleyball is the best show in the country and moving to the Breslin Center this season will allow us to create one of the best and most unique home court advantages in the country, We could not be more excited to open the new era of Spartan volleyball at Breslin this season. Playing at an electric venue like Breslin will enable us to provide an even better gameday atmosphere for our student-athletes and fans. I'd like to thank Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller and Associate AD of Sport Administration Julee Burgess for their support, and to both Tom (Izzo) and Suzy (Merchant) for enthusiastically welcoming us!"
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 lady Spartans last made the NCAA Tournament in 2017, where they made it all the way to the regional finals (lost to Penn State 3 sets to none). It was the last of seven straight trips to the Big Dance for the Spartans.