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Most teams use three players in pass receive a majority of the time. UW has been among them, although Sheffield has been using two or sometimes 2 ½ passers more often of late.

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Michigan State has had a rough start to the Big Ten season with its only win coming in a sweep against winless Iowa. The Spartans are coming off one of their better performances, a 3-1 loss to No. 12 Minnesota in which they won the first set and scored 23, 21 and 21 points in the ensuing sets

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Michigan, which plays host to Maryland on Friday, has one of the better groups of pin hitters in the conference in senior Paige Jones (3.36 kills per set), sophomore Jess Mruzik (3.41) and junior May Pertofsky (2.52).

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Dayton, which won the A-10 title in the spring with a 14-2 overall record, was picked by the league’s coaches to win the title again this season.

Frank, a middle hitter, was the Cardinals’ most efficient hitter last season and provides a big blocking and attacking presence, according to Middleton coach Rob Kleinschmidt.

Sweitzer, an outside hitter, led Middleton in kills last season when the Cardinals advanced to the state tournament championship match, finishing as runner-up to Kimberly, during the WIAA’s alternate fall season. Sweitzer will be a significant contributor as a player and leader, Kleinschmidt said.

Pennekamp, a six-rotation hitter, was a second-team choice on the WVCA All-State team for the alternate fall season in the spring spring as McFarland advanced to play eventual champion Appleton North in the state semifinals.

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