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Volleyball looks to gain momentum for next year in final two matches



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Senior outside hitter Jessica Leish jumps up for a kill while sophomore defensive specialist Meaghan Koors stays by for support. Leish is the only senior on this year's IU volleyball roster, and will be one of two players honored by the Hoosiers during Senior Night later this week.  Steven Lin Buy Photos

The end of the season has arrived for IU volleyball. 

The team will play both of its final matches at home, and it will be the last time matches are played inside the University Gym.

Next year, the team will be moving to Wilkinson Hall, which is currently being built north of Cook Hall at the intersection of 17th Street and Fee Lane.

IU will face Michigan and Michigan State as its final two opponents at the University Gym.

Michigan, which received votes from the American Volleyball Coaches Association to be ranked in the top 25, has yet to play IU this season.

The Wolverines are 19-11 on the season and 10-9 in the conference. The match Friday night will be their last match of the season after defeating No. 16 Purdue on Wednesday night.

The Hoosiers, on the other hand, will look to pick up a win Friday night to carry momentum over into the match Saturday night against No. 10 Michigan State.

IU and Michigan State met last Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, where the Spartans got the victory, 3-0. 

That win improved their record to 20-7 and 13-5 in the conference. Like Michigan, Michigan State will also play Purdue before it comes to Bloomington.

This match will be both IU’s and Michigan State's final match of the regular season. While the Spartans will advance to the NCAA Tournament, the Hoosiers will get set to regroup in the offseason. 

Coming into this weekend, IU is 12-18 and just 1-17 in the conference. This was after an 11-1 start in the nonconference season, so Big Ten play has been the struggle this year. Two wins this weekend could turn that around heading into the next season. 

The match against Michigan State is also IU's Senior Night, as IU will honor senior Jessica Leish and graduate Kristen Ostach. 

With only two players leaving, IU is returning 14 of its players and will take on an additional three signees. 

The match against Michigan will be at 6 p.m. Friday and the Michigan State match will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday night. 

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