The Wolverines lost the first two sets, rallied to win the third and fourth, but then conceded the final set of the hotly-contested match.
After 70 minutes of play, the third-ranked Wolverines extended their winning streak to 15 games, shutting out the ninth-ranked Wildcats, 2-0.
Then came Robbins, and when the horn sounded, ending the second quarter, the Wolverines were up 36-27 after an 8-2 run that proved decisive.
This summer, Duncan Robinson made cardiovascular training a priority, mixing shooting and sprints into his workouts in hopes that it would improve his defense.
The Wolverines (6-7 Big Ten, 16-9 overall) won their sets by scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-14, though the sets were not without drama.
While there have been games where multiple Wolverines are heavily involved in the offense, Michigan has had its share of matches where the offensive unit strongly relied on one player.
It was supposed to be simple for Zavier Simpson. Instead he has had to walk a winding path to a potential starting role at point guard.
The doubles team of senior Davis Crocker and freshman Harrison Brown combined for five close wins and a Big Ten title on Friday to kick off the weekend.
Will Lewan competed the U.S. national team for the 2017 Cadet World Championships, emerging on top in the competition. But the Michigan commit is now preparing to make an impact at the next level of his career.
The Wolverines’ offense performed in top form, with a season-high attack average of .465 and a level of efficiency that the team had yet to see all season.