Call it inexperience or early-season jitters, but the No. 14 Michigan volleyball team’s first road trip of the year did not live up to the team’s ranking.
Its first match of the Dayton Invitational put the squad’s youth on full display.
Right out of the gates, Missouri’s aggressive offense and serving approach exposed the Wolverines’ biggest weaknesses: first contact and ball control. Consequently, the Tigers (4-0) breezed through the first two sets, winning them, 25-12 and 25-13. In the third set, Michigan (4-2) punched back, and at one point led, 18-14, before losing the final set, 25-23.