MSU Volleyball successful 2020-21 season capped with OVC title, NCAA appearance


The 2020-21 season was one of MSU Volleyball’s most successful seasons, marked with notable accomplishments, including an Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) championship and its first NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship tournament victory.   

Earning the top seed in the OVC Volleyball Championship, the Eagles defended their home floor, claiming the program’s fifth OVC Tournament Championship behind scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-18 against Jacksonville State. The victory marked MSU’s third NCAA Tournament berth, all claimed on its home floor. Lauren Rokey (21), outside hitter, was named the OVC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.   

In its opening-round NCAA Tournament match-up, MSU defeated Creighton in five sets, earning the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. The Eagles defeated the Bluejays behind scores of 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 15-13 to earn the historic win.    

Advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship for the first time in program history, MSU put forth a valiant effort against eighth-ranked Florida before succumbing in straight sets. The Gators took the match behind set scores of 25-14, 25-19, and 25-19.   

With the 2020-21 season conclusion, the Eagles etched their names in the record book, earning the program’s 12th OVC Regular Season Championship, the fifth OVC Tournament Championship, third NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship appearance and first NCAA Tournament victory.   

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