Watching an athlete succeed is supremely satisfying, though curiously, so is watching a dam fail. Feel the rush with this GrouponLive deal.
- $8 for two tickets to see the Michigan State University women's volleyball team take on the University of Illinois (a $16 value)
- When: Friday, October 4, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Jenison Field House
- Seating: General Admission
- Door time: One hour prior to game time
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Scouting Report
Though the 2013 season has only just begun, the Spartans already look like a force on the court. Led by three-time All-American Lauren Wicinski, the team swept its first in-season tournament during the Butler Invitational in September. Wicinski was recognized as MVP of the tourney, not by registering under the name Magnificent Vincent Price, but by posting a 17-kill, four-dig performance in the final match of the weekend. The Spartans hope for a similar showing from their star senior when Big Ten-rival Illinois visits Jenison Field House. A year ago, the Spartans split their two regular-season clashes with the Illini, with both matches going a full five sets.
Michigan State University Spartans
For years, Jenison Field House served as the home of the Michigan State Spartans basketball. On its wood playing surface, the 1979 men's team paved the way to the school's first NCAA hoops championship, 10 years before the Breslin Center—a 14,759-seat arena named after Jack Breslin, a lifelong MSU athlete, administrator, and advocate—cemented the Spartans' place among the athletic elite. Among MSU's many national champions, the cross-country team won five titles in the 1950s alone, running swiftly along the smooth paved tracks of Eisenhower's new interstates. During big games, the animated avatar of vinyl and fiberglass known as Sparty amps up crowds decked out in the MSU colors of green and white. Just as the real Sparta had to change its name from "Athens" in 200 BC, the school's nickname has its own history: when the Michigan Agriculture College became Michigan State in 1925, the now-antiquated Aggies held a contest to choose a new name. They chose the "Staters"—a tuneless moniker quickly vetoed by a local sportswriter, who preferred an overlooked alternative, "Spartans," and began using it in his stories. It stuck.