Janine and Natalie with University of Texas Arlington athletes

Janine Smith's journey with volleyball, from Iowa to Texas and her volleyball family.

Middle blocker Jess Robinson, who earned an All-Big Ten Freshman Team nomination this past season, was one of three Wolverines invited to the USA College National Team tryouts.

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.


For the No. 22 Michigan women’s volleyball team, the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship was a tale of two games — one in which the Wolverines were dominant and one in which they got dominated.


Out of the 16 games in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament, only three were won by lower seeded teams — and Michigan was not one of them.

The Michigan volleyball team defeated Indiana on Senior Night.

Following a clean bump and a good set, senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom rose in the air and spiked the ball across the net.

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones had a career-high 27 kills against Purdue.

Wednesday night was filled with fun and frustration at Cliff Keen Arena. The crowd of nearly 1,500, mostly families from the local community, were enjoying the night before Thanksgiving with a fun sports outing.

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones and Michigan contested Purdue closely but fell in a sweep.

At senior day in Holloway Gymnasium, the Purdue crowd was screaming in sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones’ ear. With a cold, hard focus, she pounded the ball into the floor, gearing up for the first potential tie-breaking serve of the set.

Freshman outside hitter May Pertofsky notched a career-high 18 kills against Michigan State.

EAST LANSING — On Jam the Jenison (Fieldhouse) night, Sparty, the ear-wrenching Spartan marching band and screaming Spartan fans united to make Wednesday’s game as hard as they could for the Michigan volleyball team.

The Michigan volleyball team had its fifth-straight win over Michigan State on Wednesday.

EAST LANSING — Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones and senior setter MacKenzi Welsh both stood frozen as the ball dropped between them. A last-second reaction by Welsh wasn’t enough to save the ball and prevent the Spartans from tying up the set.


First, senior setter MacKenzi Welsh was blocked by the front line of the Golden Gophers, a unit that Michigan had no answer for. Then, freshman outside hitter May Pertofsky missed a spike on the next play to give Minnesota a lead it would not surrender for the rest of the set. Those two plays typified a Wolverines offense that was lackluster at best, as Michigan (18-8 overall, 11-5 Big Ten) fell to the Golden Gophers (20-4, 14-2), 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. As a team, the Wolverines hit a measly .080 percent, their second lowest percentage of the season. They also committed 30 errors while Minnesota had just 10.