Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12:59pm
Michigan coach Mark Rosen and Purdue assistant Kathy Jewell share a connection dating back to their time at Northern Michigan.

It took 21 years and 6,000 miles of travel, but Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen and Purdue assistant Kathy Jewell finally found themselves on the same side of the net again this summer.

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 9:48am
Michigan coach Mark Rosen is bringing in a freshman class with potential to contribute immediately.

Out with the old, in with the new.

This fall, the Michigan volleyball team will welcome a highly-touted group of freshmen to Ann Arbor. The class is comprised of outside hitters Jess Robinson and May Pertofsky, setter Madison Dowd and libero Amber Beals.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:47pm
Rising senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom will replace Carly Skjodt in the starting lineup.

In the cyclical nature of college volleyball, good players come and go. Coaches recruit their next batch of talent, rosters adjust and teams move on.

But program cornerstones don’t come along nearly as often, and even the best teams struggle to fill the shoes left by such departures.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:32pm
Fifth-year senior outside hitter Carly Skjodt will take her talents to Pepperdine next year, taking advantage of her final year of eligibility.

After a record-setting tenure at Michigan, Carly Skjodt is heading to the West Coast.

The two-time All-American will take a fifth year with the Pepperdine beach volleyball team as a graduate transfer.

“We are really excited to be Carly’s and her family’s home for her last year in the collegiate level,” said Waves’ coach Marcio Sicoli in a release. “I can't wait to add her skills, personality and work ethic to our team culture. She will be a fundamental piece on the quest to our national championship goal.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 10:10am
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After spending 15 months as a volunteer assistant, Jerome Fraisse has been named the Michigan volleyball team’s third full-time assistant coach since 2015.

The move comes in conjunction with the departure of previous assistant coach Sean Byron, who agreed to become Marist’s new head coach in April.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 8:02pm
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins will lose five seniors in her starting lineup next year.

Last Monday, James Madison upset the Michigan softball team on its own field to punch a ticket to the Super Regional. After the handshake line, the Wolverines walked off the field for one final time, heads hanging low. For all an outright Big Ten regular season championship and conference tournament title are worth, Michigan felt as though it fell short.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:52am
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins' team could not produce any offense against James Madison.

During March, April and much of May, it looked as if the Michigan softball team overcame the glaring weakness that kept it from succeeding in February.

But at the NCAA Regional, the 15th-seeded Wolverines’ inability to hit with runners on base resurfaced. And this time, it proved fatal.

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:51am
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins and her team will host this weekend's NCAA Tournament regional.

After capturing the outright Big Ten regular season championship and conference tournament title, No. 15 seed Michigan earned the right to host the NCAA Tournament double-elimination regional round. The Wolverines will welcome James Madison, DePaul and Saint Francis (Pa.) to Alumni Field this weekend. The Daily breaks down the Ann Arbor regional:

Daniel Dash, Daily Sports Writer

Predicted champion: Michigan

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 3:39pm
Senior second baseman Faith Canfield along with the other seniors have created a fun culture.

In 35 years at the helm of the Michigan softball program, coach Carol Hutchins has seen more than a few senior classes come and go.

Her program challenges all players to meet a specific set of expectations, but the task of leadership falls particularly on the seniors’ shoulders. This season, seniors Faith Canfield, Natalie Peters, Alex Sobczak, Katie Alexander and Mackenzie Nemitz have taken those expectations to an entirely new level.

When the team returned to campus from summer break in the fall, the group called for a meeting.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 10:35pm
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has led this team to the No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Two weeks ago, it seemed out of the cards. But after a pair of massive dominoes fell into place, the Michigan softball team was selected as one of the 16 host sites for the four-team regional round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.