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December 5, 2014

Holiday Classic Info

The Holiday classic tournament is a charity event. Half of all tournament proceeds will go to helping the Lansing area during the holiday season. We encourage all teams to bring canned foods to the gym to help those in need. Thank you all for showing interest in playing and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Sports Arena

Pool A (Court 1)       Pool D (Court 2)
1. MSU Green 1       1. Jonathan Crepau
2. Andrew Horne      2. MSU Green 2
3. Gary Shepherd     3. MSU Posse
4. Ivan Zaitouna       4. Wayne State
Basement Gym

Pool B (Court 3)          Pool C (Court 4)
1. Bret Renaud            1. Adam Rykse
2. Jeff Jones                2. Zach Campbell
3. Eric Langton            3. MSU White
4. MSU Greenhorns    4. Stephen Jackson

Captains Meeting 8:00 A.M. in the Sports Arena
Time            Game    Referees
8:30 A.M.    1 vs. 4          3
9:30 A.M.    2 vs. 3          4
10:30 A.M.  1 vs. 3          2
11:30 A.M.   2 vs. 4         1
12:30 A.M.  1 vs. 2          4
1:30 A.M.    3 vs. 4          1

All pool play will consist of two sets to 25 using rally score and no cap. After pool play, tournament play will begin. The top three seeds from each pool will be put into a bracket. The first game of tournament play will be one set to 25, rally score, and no cap. Subsequent rounds will consist of best of 3 set matches. The first two sets will be rally score to 25 and the last set is rally score to 15.

Also please note that due to athletic events on campus, parking will cost $10 after 8 a.m. this Saturday.

November 14, 2014

Hardwood Schedule Information

     For any fans, parents or players trying to find results or any other information about the tournament, please refer to the “Hardwood Classic” tab at the top of the page.

Results will be posted throughout the day upstairs above the concession stand, and results will also be posted online.

Go Green!

October 22, 2014

Hardwood Registration

Registration for the 25th Annual Hardwood classic is now open!

To register click on the Hardwood classic tab on the top of this screen, once redirected to the Hardwood page please click on “Enter Hardwood”. Once there, fill out the form.

If you have any questions about the registration process, feel free to email us at msuvball@msu.edu

Go Green!

September 25, 2014

25th Annual Hardwood Classic

     It’s official, the 25th Annual Hardwood Classic will be held on November 15th and 16th. The Hardwood Classic is the biggest preseason club volleyball tournament in the country. The event will be held at the IM West Sports facility and Demonstration Hall.

Registration will open soon. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot email the club at msuvball@msu.edu.

September 8, 2014

Open Gyms and Tryout Dates

     The 2014-2015 season is almost here, and we are looking forward to seeing new and returning faces at Open Gyms and Tryouts.

Open Gym dates:

Men’s Only
Tuesday 9/9, 9/16 9:00-11:00pm

Thursday 9/11, 9/18 9:00-11:00pm

Wednesday 9/10, 9/17 7:00-9:00pm


9/22, 9/24 , and 9/25 7:00-9:00pm


September 1, 2014

Open Gym Update

      The MSU Men’s volleyball club will be hosting open gyms this week. Please join us on Tuesday, Wednesday (Co-Ed) and Thursday (Men’s Only) 7-9 at the IM West Sports Arena. All are welcome, we look forward to seeing everyone at open gyms this week.

      Go Green!

August 28, 2014

Open Gyms and Tryouts


      Welcome Spartans! Whether you are a returning player, incoming freshman or a current student who has not yet played at the club, we look forward to seeing everyone at open gyms this fall. To start off the 2014-2015 MSU Men’s Club volleyball season we will be hosting open gym’s at IM West sports arena starting welcome week. Open gyms are great for all types of players. For returning players it gives you one last chance to freshen up your skills in preparation for tryouts. For freshman and new players to the club, open gyms are a fantastic way to experience what Spartan volleyball is all about, and like returning players help prepare you for tryouts.

Although we do not have exact dates for tryouts yet, they will be held mid to late September. As soon as we have confirmed exact dates for open gyms and tryouts we will update you.

For additional information about the club check out our Face book page “MSU Men’s Volleyball Club” and our twitter feed @MSUmensvball

If you have any further questions about the upcoming season feel free to contact us via email at msuvball@msu.edu

Once again we hope to see you all at open gyms this fall starting welcome week!


May 12, 2014

2014 Season Wrap-Up

     The 2014 season for the Spartans didn’t quite match the magic that was the 1989 championship season, however it had its share of great moments. It all started with the 24th “Back to the Hardwood Classic” which remains the largest preseason tournament in the country, this year having an impressive 53 teams over two divisions. The Spartans had a strong showing, reaching the gold bracket despite being a very young team with seven underclassmen. In the winter the Spartans hosted the “Holiday Classic” an annual tournament in which many alumni come back to IM West to re-experience the competitive environment that is a men’s club volleyball tournament. The Holiday Classic is less about volleyball and more about the giving spirit and Michigan State Men’s Volleyball family that comes over all of us during the Holidays. This year half of all tournament proceeds were donated to the Lansing area. We also had a food donation box into which many spectators and participants of the tournament graciously donated canned foods.
     Spring semester started off with the “10th Annual Battle in St. Joe.” Throughout the day, the Green team ran a clinic for young volleyball players (K-12) from the surrounding area. After the clinic, the Spartans went up against Notre Dame. The game did not go the Spartans way, losing 3-2, but was a great environment and a great match mainly due to the fact that many of the clinic participants came to the game and created an awesome environment for the match. We look forward to participating in the “11th Annual Battle in St Joe” next year. White started off strong, losing in the finals of the silver bracket at the Wolverine Winter Classic, as well as a strong showing in the Big Ten Division 2 round robin.
     Like White, Green had a very promising round robin but came up short in the end. Green faced the unusual circumstance of not having head Coach Sante Perelli at the tournament, as well as some minor injuries. Green went 4-5 (6th place) and showed that they could compete against the top teams in the big ten. The first day included wins against Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The lone loss of the day was an epic match against Wisconsin. Green lost the first set (25-12) but rebounded in resounding fashion to win the second (25-21) and eventually, after the majority of spectators and players in the gym came to our court to watch the battle, lost the third set (23-21) . The Second day included a win against Northwestern, although it also included losses against experienced teams of Purdue and Ohio State. The last match of the tournament was another hard-fought loss against a talented Minnesota team. Green just barely lost the first set (28-26) and made a strong recovery in the second (25-22) but was then defeated in the third (15-9).
     The next major tournament of the season was the Hoosier-Illini Classic. The Spartans had a rough first day facing the injuries of setter Colin Ryan (ankle) and middle Jack Ribar (back) but worked incredibly hard, and had an amazing second day going (4-0). On the second day Green defeated, Indiana B, Illinois B, GVSU (#16 ranking at the time), and finished off the day defeating the hosts Indiana in straight sets (25-21, 25-23) to win the silver bracket.
     Time heals all wounds, however, the Spartans needed just a little more time as Colin Ryan and Jack Ribar still faced injuries for the Big Ten Championship tournament at Purdue University. Despite these injuries the Spartans, as they always do, played with heart and passion at Big Ten’s. The Spartans started strong with yet another win against the fighting Illini, and a loss against Ohio State in pool play, only to get a tough draw against Purdue in bracket play. The Spartans fought tough but ended the tournament with a loss to eventual champions Purdue.
     Next up on the schedule was the MIVA Championship tournament, a critical tournament in deciding seeding for the National Championships. Green started pool play off with a two set win against Notre Dame (27-25, 25-17), Later on in the day the Green team went on to lose to the eventual national champions – UW-Oshkosh in two. Green after a tough defeat rebounded and took down the NIU Huskies in two sets (25-20, 25-21). To finish off pool play, the Green team went up against the Wisconsin Badgers and lost in two, finishing the day with a record of 2-2. The second day started with Green in the Gold bracket facing a familiar foe in GVSU. Unfortunately GVSU came on strong and never looked back beating the Spartans (25-16, 25-21). After the loss the Spartans were dropped down into the silver bracket. The tournament ended in quite interesting fashion, Green, after the loss to GVSU, was set to face off against Minnesota. However, Minnesota ended up forfeiting the match, likely because they were scared of the Spartans, or the 9 hour drive looming over them, you decide. Either way the Golden Gophers decided to forfeit, putting the Spartans in the final against Michigan. However due to the Spartans long drive and the fact that Green had played Michigan many times before the team presidents mutually decided not to play the match.
     The final tournament of the year as always is the National Championship. This year the tournament was in Reno, Nevada. On the first day Green went up against Sacramento State (California State University, Sacramento) the #6 team in the country. The match went to three sets and was a battle to the end, but Sac State pulled it out in the third set beating the Spartans (25-27, 25-19, 15-8). The next match was against another highly ranked team in #16 Penn State. It was a battle throughout, but Penn State executed better and won (25-21, 26-24). At this point the Spartans were 0-2 but were playing great volleyball and just came up short against other great teams. The Spartans rebounded and defeated UW-Whitewater in the last match of pool play (25-23, 25-27, 15-9) to finish the day 1-2 and still have a chance at the gold bracket. Catching no breaks, the Spartans drew Cal Poly in a challenge match to start off the second day of the tournament. Unfortunately Jack Ribar (sophomore, MB) aggravated a recurring back injury after the first day of play. However in true Spartan fashion Matt “Buddha” Petry (junior, MB) stepped up and had his match of the year, and along with his fellow middle Eddie Gazaryan (sophomore) dominated the Cal Poly middles. Green fought incredibly hard in a great match against Cal Poly but ultimately Cal Poly won in three sets (25-18, 23-25, 15-8). Green still having a chance at the silver bracket was set to face off against Utah Valley State and Cincinnati in one of the afternoon’s consolation pools. Utah Valley State came out strong and the Spartans fought hard to seal their position in the silver bracket, but couldn’t withstand the Wolverines attack losing in three sets (28-26, 16-25, 11-15). After the tough match against Utah Valley State, the Spartans struggled to beat a strong Cincinnati team losing in two sets (25-19, 25-22). On the final day of the season, and the tournament, the Spartans were set to play Liberty in the first round of the bronze bracket. In a match where the young Spartan team could not muster enough energy on the court after a long tournament, the Spartan Seniors played with incredible passion and courageous effort. Green was unable to send its seniors: Juan Manfredi (Outside, Captain), Mike Gemkow (Outside) and Spencer “Squintz” Johnson (Defensive Specialist), out with a win. This disappointment will be used as extra motivation during the offseason and the upcoming season to ensure that every Spartan senior from now on goes out with a win.
     Last but not least, as most of you know, this was the 25th anniversary of the 1989 MIVA Championship team. In late March Michigan State University Men’s Club volleyball alumni and current players came back to East Lansing from all over the globe to celebrate 25 years of life changing experiences, amazing friendships and lasting memories. Many alumni made speeches. The most memorable, however, was the speech by Paul Patyk (Club President of the 1989 team) who reminded former and current players of the great tradition the club has. One thing Paul said in particular that really hit home with those in attendance was that when he played, he viewed the court as his ‘sanctuary.’ Or, in other words, the court allowed him to focus solely on volleyball and temporarily avoid the stresses in life that most of us face. After Paul Patyk spoke, Coach Sante Perrelli was next on the list. Coach Sante’s speech, as usual, came from the heart and had the whole room listening attentively to his every word. Coach expressed how important his family had been to him throughout his life and during the process of building the club program – a sentiment we all share in regard to our own families. Coach, similar to Paul Patyk shared with the current players the rich tradition that the club has and that it is now our turn to keep and build on. Overall it was a great event for alumni and current players to experience and truly see how diverse the club is.


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!

Head Coach: Sante Perrelli

BIG TEN CHAMPIONS: '91,'92,'95,'96,'97,'98,'01,'05,'06

MIVA CHAMPIONS: '89,'90,'91,'95,'96,'97,'06
National Coach of the Year: '06
Top 25 Ranking since 1989

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RIP Mark Reedy

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