Top Ten Michigan State Spartans Athletes to Watch of 2012

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Men aren’t the only Spartans at MSU to be making an impact. The women are also tearing things up on the sports scene – they are getting awards, recognition, and generally having a good season. Among the top ten Michigan State Spartans to watch, these five women are making an impact.


6. Lauren Wicinski – Junior – Women’s Volleyball (not pictured)


It started out this year with the women’s volleyball team having an excellent year, but Wicinski is no stranger to receiving honors for her athleticism. This year, she received AVCA All-American honors when she was named to the second team. She’s the tenth All-American at Michigan State, and she was a two-time All American honoree while she was at Northern Illinois University. Wicinski ranked fourth in the NCAA for service aces and she broke the MSU record for service aces in a single season with 81. Earlier this season, she was named to the AVCA All-Mideast Region team.

7. Kori Moster – Sophomore – Women’s Volleyball

Kori Moster has also had an exceptionally good run of things this year for the women’s volleyball team. She too was recently selected for the AVCA Division I All-America team as an honorable mention. This is the first time since 1985 that two Spartans have received such accolades in one season. She led MSU as co-captain with 4.67 digs per set, the second in the Big Ten. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was an AVCA All-Midwest Region honorable mention. She’s surpassed 1,000 career digs at MSU in just two seasons.

These two ladies are definitely women to watch.

8. Lisa Burt – Freshman – Gymnastics

Lisa Burt has been recognized as one of two Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch. She was a member of ACE Gymnastics for 15 years and in 2012, she was named MVP. She placed third on beam, and 11th in all-around at the Nastia Cup. Earlier in the Spartan’s season, she tied for first on the the floor exercises and she claimed first on the balance beam at the Green and White exhibition. She has a strong career ahead of her.

9. Nicola Deans – Freshman – Gymnastics

Also named as a Big Ten Gymnast to Watch, Deans was a member of Futures Gymnastics Club for 11 years. She won floor exercise, balance beam, and vault at the 2012 Provincials meet.

Both women are valuable members to the gymnastics team, which will begin competing in its regular season in January.

10. Annalise Pickrel – Junior – Women’s Basketball

Annalise Pickrel is one of many potential picks who could have come from this team, but as a whole, she is a solid player who scores on a regular basis. At the recent Spartan Women’s game at the Jenison field house, she led MSU in scoring with 15 points and 7 rebounds. We’ll have to see how she develops in the future, but as she scores at least once every game, it appears that she will be an essential team player for the MSU Spartans for some time to come.


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