On Monday, the University announced football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams can return for voluntary workouts. Before the athletes can participate, however, they will first have to go through the athletic department’s 14-day pre-report assessment, followed by a six-day resocialization period.
The process will include symptom surveys, both a COVID-19 test and an antibody test, periods for shelter-in-place and more.
Three players from the 2019 Michigan volleyball roster were invited to the USA College National Team tryouts. In the fall, they accounted for a combined 56.8 percent of the Wolverines’ kills, 48.4 percent of their blocks and 44.6 percent of their serving aces.
Another key fact about them: All three are underclassmen.
The No. 18 Michigan softball team leapt out to a hot 10-0 start before cooling down and arriving at a 15-8 record. Entering their first series in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines will look to reacquire their early season success, starting with Ball State on Saturday.
A relatively inexperienced roster has led to shuffling at every position and a lineup that has not fully settled in. For Michigan to make a run similar to the 33-3 one it had after returning home in 2019, it will have to rely on all levels of its roster.
This weekend, the No. 16 Michigan softball team had two chances to assert itself and prove its fortitude. The first was against No. 1 UCLA (22-1). The second pitted the team against No. 22 UCF (18-5). In both matchups, the Wolverines fell short.
The losses came at 2-0 and 3-2, respectively — each the result of Michigan’s (15-8) continued problem generating runs when it counts.
Michigan’s offense continued its woes, but in sunny Los Angeles, St. John’s’ defensive struggles allowed the Wolverines to secure the win.
The No. 16 Michigan softball team (13-6) made a stop for the sixth game of its tour of the California coast, an individual contest against the Red Storm (7-14) wedged between two weekend series. The Wolverines won the matchup 4-2 on Tuesday night despite their offensive inconsistency.