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March 29, 2014

2014 Not Nationals Tournament

On Sunday April 6th, Michigan State will be hosting a tournament at IM West for all those teams not traveling to Reno for the NCVF National Championship. The entry fee is $125 until Thursday, April 3rd, and $150 afterwards.

Register by emailing msuvball@msu.edu, and stay tuned for more information.

February 25, 2014

Green wins the Silver Bracket at the Hoosier Illini Classic

MSU Green after winning the Silver Bracket at the 2014 Hoosier Illini Classic

      MSU Green traveled to Bloomington, IN last weekend and came home as winners of the Silver Bracket (good for 17th place). Although this wasn’t the finish the team was hoping for coming into the weekend, they overcame multiple cases of injury and illness to go undefeated on Sunday. For the second tournament in a row, the Spartans were without Head Coach Sante Perelli or Assistant Coach Eric Lazowski.

      Pool play on Saturday started well, with the second seeded Spartans handling fourth seeded North Central 25-21, 25-19. Due to some bad luck in seeding, MSU’s next opponent was Illinois State, who ended up finishing 3rd overall in the tournament. Green’s blockers were unable to slow down ISU’s hitters and the match was lost 25-15, 25-21. To make matters worse, starting setter Collin Ryan (Soph) went down with an ankle injury and was out for the remainder of the tournament. Green’s last match of pool play was against top seeded Penn State. During warmups, starting middle blocker Jack Ribar (Soph) injured his hip and was out for the rest of the weekend. Since PSU had beaten ISU earlier in the day, a victory against #12 Penn State would leave open the possibility of winning the pool. So, MSU came out hot and crushed the Nittany Lions 25-15 in the first set thanks to an excellent offense run by junior setter Ian Waugaman (in for Ryan). In the second set, some Spartan errors gave PSU an early lead but the team fought hard to recover before losing the second set 25-23. In the third set, with the possibility of winning the pool gone, the team came out flat and Penn State raced to a 15-9 victory.

      MSU’s pool play record of 1-2 was good for third place. The Gold Bracket was still a possibility for the Spartans, but they needed to win their challenge match against the Air Force Academy. In addition to Ryan and Ribar being injured, starting middle Eddie Gazaryan (Soph) and freshman defensive specialist Justin Suh were both struggling with illness. Again, the Spartans were unable to win the blocking battle versus an athletic Air Force team and lost in two sets, 25-20, 25-19.

      Relegated to the silver bracket, the Spartans did their best to see Day 2 as an opportunity to improve rather than a disappointment. The team was slow to wake up, but still managed to defeat Indiana B 25-23, 25-23 in the first round. Green started off much better in their second match vs. an Illinois B team that had just upset #18 Northern Illinois. After winning the first set 25-21, the Spartans stumbled in the second set and lost 23-25. The third set proved more challenging than expected when hitting errors resulted in a 14-10 lead turning into a 15-14 deficit. On the verge of elimination, Green kept their calm and sealed the win. Captain Juan Manfredi admitted that “[I] felt nervous after being blocked twice in a row on match point, but [Waugaman] showed confidence in me and it paid off when I got a kill to put us back in control of the match.” In the silver bracket semifinal, Green faced fellow Michiganders #16 Grand Valley State University, who had almost won their pool the previous day by taking eventual champions UW-Milwaukee to three exciting sets. To add intrigue to the rivalry, Green saw a familiar face on the other side of the net in Matt Vander Meer, former Spartan standout and team captain who is pursuing a graduate degree at GVSU. In the first set the Spartans jumped out to a big lead thanks to timely blocks and solid defense. GVSU rallied but MSU hung on for a 25-22 victory. GVSU returned the favor in the second set, using strong serves to win 25-22. In the decisive third set, the lead changed back and forth several times before junior middle Matt Petry (in for the injured Ribar) sealed a 17-15 victory with a block kill in the middle. From the bench, Ribar praised Gazaryan and Petry for “hitting very efficiently throughout the day.” Fueled by their victory, the Spartans took down the home team Indiana in straight sets (25-21,25-23) to win the silver bracket.

      Despite less than ideal circumstances, MSU Green fought through adversity on Sunday. As the silver bracket is not the most glamorous of competitive arenas, its very easy for even great teams to lose focus and not uphold a high standard of play. It would have been especially easy to roll over after losing two team leaders to injury. The Spartans overcame these obstacles and made sure that everyone in the silver bracket knew who deserved to win. Waugaman and Petry both did a tremendous job stepping up in the wake of injury, and Gazaryan and Suh also deserve recognition for fighting through illness. The team hopes to have its injured players back soon, but will go in to the Big Ten Championships on March 8th with the attitude that they can win with any lineup they put on the court.

Go Green!

February 18, 2014

25th Anniversary

The Michigan State University Men’s Volleyball Club invites alumni and friends to celebrate 25 years of life changing experiences, amazing friendships and lasting memories following the 1989 MIVA Championship. PLAN NOW TO BE THERE! Tickets and gear are currently available for sale HERE!!!

Join us on Saturday, March 29, 2014. From noon to 3pm we will meet at the IM West Arena where good and bad volleyball, a picture on the “S,” and some hearty laughs will convene. Wear your gear! The 25th Anniversary Reception will be held from 7-11pm at the Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing.

The 1989 team will be honored and speakers will include Paul Patyk, 1989 Club President, Head Coach Sante Perrelli, Mike Gemkow, 2014 Club President and other Special Guests.

We have reserved a block of 30 rooms (that we need to fill!) at the downtown Marriott at a $125/night. Reserve by March 14, 2014. To secure the rate call 517-337-4440 or click here

Specially designed commemorative MSU Men’s Volleyball Gear Orders will be available for order and delivery at the event. We will forward ordering information soon.

Tickets for the reception are $50; we also encourage an additional $50 donation or more to help fund the MSU Men’s Volleyball Foundation. Just as our club has been the model for others in the last 25 years, this foundation will serve as a model for other clubs to do the same. The alumni directed foundation will provide consistent funding for coaching and volleyball related expenses moving forward. Those making a donation will receive a 25th Anniversary commemorative item (likely a hat). Tickets and donations may be transacted at the IM West or at the door.

For more information about the event, contact this year’s honorary MSU Latvian Leviathan and event organizer, Erik Velme at velkmeer@msu.edu or visit the 25th Anniversary Celebration Facebook page. Click here to fill out the Google form below so we can update our alumni database as we roll out the Foundation.

Go Green, go White!

Go Posse, go Greenhorns!

Hope to see you all there!

February 10, 2014

Spartans Come Up Short at Big Ten Round Robin

      Michigan State Green traveled to Purdue University this weekend for the Big Ten Round Robin, the official start of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) season. Green played 9 matches and finished 4-5 (6th place) despite long stretches of good play. The team faced adversity throughout the weekend, most notably in the absence of head coach Sante Perelli, a staple on the Michigan State bench for 25 years. Several teams in the Big Ten join the team in wishing Coach Sante a quick and healthy recovery.

      On Saturday, Green dispatched #23 Iowa in straight sets to start the day off with confidence. Their second match was against #7 Illinois, a perennial powerhouse of the Big Ten and the team that last year knocked MSU out of the MIVA Championships. After taking the first set 25-21, Green dropped the second 26-28 via a several errors that let Illinois back into the match. In the third set, Green prevailed in a thrilling 18-16 battle. Juan Manfredi (Gr, OH) noted that “although [we] missed a total of 6 serves on match point in sets 2 and 3, we persevered and took control of the match.” State’s next opponent was #8 Wisconsin, who crushed MSU in the first set 25-12. Green recovered to win the second 25-21, setting up the decisive third set. More and more people around the gym flocked to the center court to watch what became the most exciting match of the tournament: Green lost in heartbreaking fashion 23-21. Afterwards, MSU recovered to defeat Indiana 2-0 and seemed on pace to be among the top finishers. During their final match of the day, however, Green lost 2-0 (25-21, 25-21) to rival Michigan (who Green defeated twice in five set matches earlier this year) despite being the first to 19 points in both sets. Injuries kept vital pin hitters Richard Nzokou (Sr, Opp) and Josh Shaw (Soph, OH/Opp) on the bench, but Manfredi acknowledged that this was no excuse for the dip in quality of play: “In the end it came down to passing. Even if [Shaw] and [Nzokou] were on the court, if we can’t get our setter the ball, we won’t have an effective offense.”

      The second day of the round robin began with a match against an experienced Purdue team that made the Gold Bracket at the 2013 National Championships. Again Green took control of the match early, but a passing breakdown at the end of each set lead to a 24-26, 21-25 loss. Next up was Ohio State, the biggest hitting team in the Big Ten. After getting served off the court in set 1 (25-21), Green made a critical adjustment, moving Erik Velkme (Jr) from libero to outside hitter to shore up their serve receive and it paid off. President Mike Gemkow (Sr, OH) commented that “after making some adjustments to combat a tough serving OSU squad, we jumped to an early lead that prompted two timeouts by OSU before they had scored 10 points.” Ohio State made some plays to get back into the match, and stole victory from the Spartans 25-21. MSU regained some confidence against Northwestern, using everybody on the team to defeat Northwestern 2-0. The last match of the tournament was against a surprisingly strong Minnesota team. The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 13-6 lead thanks to several Spartan hitting and passing errors. Thanks to several critical blocks, the Spartans fought back bravely, but dropped the first set 28-26. In the second set, State stayed focused and spent their energy keeping both big outside hitters on Minnesota under control. The strategy worked, and Green prevailed 25-22. Despite having the momentum, the Spartans came out flat in the third set, going down 8-2 and never recovering to lose 15-9.

      All of the Spartan victories were team efforts. Collin Ryan (Soph, S) continued to flourish in his transition from outside hitter to setter, especially with connecting to middles Jack Ribar (Soph), Eddie Gazaryan (Soph), and Matt “Buddha” Petry (Jr). Shaw, Manfredi, Velkme, Gemkow, and Nzokou all provided quality swings on the pins, taking advantage of solo blocks set up by the passing game. Velkme and freshman Chris Edwards provided a stabilizing force at libero via leadership and clutch digs. Freshman Vince Karenzi continued to impress as his skills improve the more he becomes familiar with the game. Spencer Johnson (Sr, DS), Justin Suh (Fr, DS), and Ian Waugaman (Jr, S/DS) also made valuable contributions via defense and strong serving.

      Green has two weeks of practice to work on their weaknesses before the Hooiser Illini Classic in Bloomington, IN. Go Green!

February 1, 2014

Spartans Gear Up for Spring Season

     After a long preseason and a few weeks off, all four Michigan State Men’s Volleyball teams are ready to begin the regular season this spring.

     Green started the year off with the “10th Annual Battle in St Joe” in St. Joseph, MI. During the day, the Green team ran a clinic for local young volleyball players (ages K-12). In the evening, the Spartans faced Notre Dame and all the attendees from the day’s clinic showed up to cheer on their mentors. Although the fans had fun, Green lost in five sets to a skilled Notre Dame team out for revenge after losing to the Spartans at last semester’s Hardwood Classic. Still, the experience was amazing for both returning and new members of Green, making it easy to see why heading west to St. Joe’s is such a valuable club tradition.

Green posing with a future Spartan

     White has already had a strong start to the year, losing in the silver bracket finals at the Wolverine Winter Classic and posting a record of 2-3 in the round robin play date of an always tough Big Ten Division 2. At the round robin, White showed flashes of brilliance and admirable resolve in rebounding from a loss to Ohio State C by knocking off the heavily favored Ohio State B team in 3 sets.

     As always, Posse and Greenhorns continue to improve drastically. Practices are notably more intense as players get comfortable with the game allowing their natural competitiveness to take over. Posse will play a MIVA Division 2 schedule, while both Posse and Greenhorns will continue refining their skill against local competition in the Lansing area.

September 22, 2013

24th Annual Spartan Back to the Hardwood Classic

      The 24th Annual Spartan Back to the Hardwood Classic will take place on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, 2013 at IM West and Demonstration Hall on the Michigan State campus. Registration will open Wednesday, September 25. Simply click on the “Hardwood” tab above or follow this link: https://www.msu.edu/user/msuvball/hardwood/hdwindex.html

      The Hardwood Classic is the largest preseason tournament in the country and attracts teams from all over the United States. Last year’s tournament featured 50 teams in 2 divisions with Virginia Tech winning Division 1 and Ohio State-2 winning Division 2. The annual MIVA preseason meeting will also take place during the tournament.

August 25, 2013

Alumni Development

Dear Alumni,

In an effort to better keep you up to date with current news and events throughout the season, we have decided to start an email list. Just plug your name and email address into the google docs spreadsheet.

Please let us know if you are having any trouble with adding your information.



August 21, 2013


Spartans are returning home and summer construction is thankfully complete. Volleyball season is finally here! The first open gym of the year will be this Sunday, August 25 at 7:30 pm and Thursday August 29 at 7:30 pm. As always, open gyms will be at IM West. Returning players will take this opportunity to shake off any rust and new players can become familiar with the game and the team, all in preparation for tryouts (which will be mid to late September). Stay tuned for a full schedule of open gyms and tryouts. Go Green!

For those unfamiliar with MSU volleyball, there are usually 3 teams fielded of varying skill level and competitiveness (Green, White, and Posse). The fall semester serves as a preseason to refine skills and develop team chemistry. The fall season culminates in the Hardwood Classic, the largest fall tournament in the country. In the spring, Green and White compete in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) and travel to the NCVF National Championship.

April 23, 2013


Dallas, TX.  The MSU Men’s and Women’s Club Volleyball teams rolled into Dallas to participate in the 2013 NCVF National Championships during the first week of April and made quite a mark.


After an up and down season, the Spartan’s top men’s team, MSU Green, went 5-1 at the 2013 MIVA Championships, earning their way into the top flight of men’s teams at the NCVF event.  Green entered the tournament seeded 37th of 48 teams, and fought their way to a very respectable19th place finish overall with wins over Stanford (NCVC), Air Force (MWVC), Iowa (MIVA-BTMVA), Dayton (MIVA-GMVC), UW-Whitewater (WVC) and EIVA Club Champion, James Madison.  MSU Green advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Silver Division before dropping their final match to a very competitive Virginia Tech (EIVA) team.


After the last match of the season, Head Coach Sante Perrelli said, “I am proud of the club this year – Green fought through a great deal of adversity and learned to be persistent while bringing their own brand of excitement to the court.   I am especially pleased that our seniors had a chance to showcase their talent and peaked at just the right time.”  Perrelli added that “we are all very grateful for the work and dedication of Eric Lazowski this year.  Eric’s discipline and knowledge of the game were key factors in helping our club maintain competitive excellence this year.”  Lazowski, a member of the 1995 MSU Green Team and USAV elite coach, travelled from Grand Rapids throughout the year to help coach practices and competitions and run clinics.


MSU White entered the tournament ranked 18th in Men’s Division III, and advanced to the Gold flight, eventually tying for 5th place overall.  The 5th place finish was the highest showing of any MSU White team in the history of the club.  MSU White’s performance was highlighted by wins over Southern California (SCVC), Texas (SIVA), San Jose State (NCVC), and UCSBB (SCVC).  White dropped a hard fought match to UC Berkeley B (NCVC) in the first round of the Men’s Division III Gold Bracket.  Brent Money (SR, Libero) and Juan Manfredi (GR, Outside) were honored as NCVF Division III All-Americans based on their steady and truly exceptional play.  White Team’s fantastic finish is a testament to the hard work and determination of both the team and their first year Head Coach Gina Lang.


This was a special year for the club in many ways.  The men hosted two tournaments in the fall and the 2013 MIVA Championship Tournament.  The women hosted 2 events, including an NCVF Seeding Tournament.  Nearly 100 teams drawing over 1,000, plus family members and fans travelled to East Lansing this year to participate and attend MSU club-sponsored events.  In addition, MSU entered a precedent setting third team into the MIVA this season.  MSU Posse, comprised of many beginning players, participated in practice and play throughout the year, completing over 20 years of consecutive organization as the clubs entry level squad.


As for the Club’s leadership, Coach Perrelli said “the E-Board leadership this semester was exceptional, led by Mike Gemkow (JR).  He stepped in with strong peer support from Ross Klein (SR), Matt Vander Meer (SR), Anthony Jurayj (SR), Bradley White (SO) and Matt Petry (SO), and did a tremendous job under some very challenging circumstances.”   Gemkow and the E-Board worked with women’s Club President Camille Lefevre and their leadership to send over 50 student athletes to Dallas for the NCVF event.  Cheering and supportive parents, fans and friends of the MSU clubs joined the teams in Dallas to form one of the largest club delegations in the 360 team field.


Green Team’s graduating seniors this year include four-year club member and Team Captain, Matt Vander Meer (Opposite, 4 year All-BTMVA honoree), Sam Lee (Setter, 2013 BTMVA Sportsman of the year, 2 year club member and assistant to former MSU player Matt Lewandowski, the current coach of Women’s White Team), Andrew Horne (2013 Middle Blocker, 2013 All-BTMVA, 2 year club member), defensive spitfire Sonny Lei (Libero), and Anthony Jurayj (Outside, 4 year club member).


Although a number of key MSU players graduate this year, the club will return a strong corps of capable and hungry Spartans next year.  Many will be training and playing beach volleyball this summer before returning for the 2013-2014 campaign.  The 2014 season will be the 25th anniversary of the club’s 1989 MIVA Championship and will draw alumni, family and friends to East Lansing throughout the year.


Go Green Go White, Go State


January 29, 2013

Back Into Full swing

The Spartan Men’s Club Volleyball Teams have been back in the gym for a few weeks now and are anxiously awaiting the beginning of competition.  While all three teams are practicing in preparation for the beginning of tournament play, the Green team has already embraced the opportunity to give back to the volleyball community by leading a volleyball clinic for athletes of all ages.  In connection with the 9th Annual Michigan State Men’s Volleyball Club Clinics in St. Joseph, the Green team played an exhibition match against Notre Dame, the defending National Champions.  This match, provided a great opportunity for the young Spartans to test their mettle against one of the premier clubs in the nation, but more importantly the day as a whole allowed the Spartans to spread and share the love of the game with a large audience.  The Green team swept Notre Dame in straight sets in front of a raucous crowd.  Head Coach Sante Perrelli wanted to give a “special thanks to Phil Hegg and the St. Joe community for supporting this event every year.”  The coach added that “this years’ Spartans are terrific ambassadors of club volleyball.  They played their hearts out against a very talented Irish squad and earned a solid win.  The entire experience was memorable for everyone involved.”  The Spartans would like to thank all that contributed to the success of the clinic.  The season picks up with two events scheduled for this week.  The White team will have a match against Adrian College B team this Wednesday at 7:30 at IM West,  followed by a match between Green and Adrian College A team at 8:30.  Both Green and White will be in action this weekend, February 2nd, as they journey to Ann Arbor for the Michigan Classic, a Saturday tournament hosted by the University of Michigan Club Volleyball Team.  Thank you for your support of the teams and continue to cheer the Spartans on throughout the season.   Go Green!


Head Coach: Sante Perrelli

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