Volleyball

Michigan volleyball swept Rugters on Wednesday.

The set teetered back and forth late in the second set, with neither team giving in. Rutgers had built an early lead, but the Michigan volleyball team fought back to gain a late lead.

The Michigan volleyball team evened its season series against Notre Dame on Sunday.

Powered by sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones’ third consecutive double-double, the Wolverines (7-3) finished their non-conference slate on a high note, exacting revenge on Notre Dame, 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16, in the second half of the home-and-home series.

Freshman opposite May Pertofsky was key for Michigan in its victory over Notre Dame.

On the next play, the freshman opposite would once again secure a service ace, forcing the Fighting Irish (7-3) to call a timeout and giving the Michigan volleyball team (7-3) early momentum in a game that it was in a breezy 3-1 victory.

Senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom netted four consecutive kills in the second set of Wednesday's match against Notre Dame.

That hope quickly faded as the shot barely landed in bounds, earning the Fighting Irish (7-2) a 15-13 win in the set and a 3-2 win overall — sending Michigan (6-3) home without a victory despite holding a 2-1 set lead early on.

 Senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom was key in leading Michigan volleyball to victory on Sunday.

The Wolverines were on the ropes. 

Midway through the second set, Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen called a timeout. His team trailed by a point after scoring only one of the previous seven. Eastern Michigan was rolling.

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After losing two of its last three games, the No. 24 Michigan volleyball team (6-2) looked to right the ship on Friday against Navy (4-4), a feat it would accomplish after battling through three close sets.

From the outset, things didn’t look good for the Wolverines.

The Michigan volleyball team made key adjustments to defeat Eastern Michigan in three sets Sunday.

Deep into the third set, freshman defensive specialist Amber Beals lofted the ball in the air and smacked it to the opposing side of the court. The ball ricocheted off the defender’s arm, notching the fourth service ace of the day for the Wolverines.

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones' resurgent performance was instrumental in Michigan's win over Navy.

After an underwhelming start to a season in which she figured to be the Michigan volleyball team’s top offensive weapon, Paige Jones put a dent in any notion of a sophomore slump on Friday night.

Michigan coach Mark Rosen said he doesn't look for moral victories after a 1-2 weekend for the Michigan volleyball team.

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.

Senior setter MacKenzi Welsh has embraced a new offensive system that emphasizes balance for the Michigan volleyball team.

This year, the No. 14 Michigan volleyball team knows Skjodt’s production is gone. And with such a realization comes another: Nobody on the roster can replicate the numbers she posted.

So, the Wolverines (4-2) have chosen to adapt rather than force.

Their offensive makeover was on full display over the weekend at the Dayton Invitational, even as they lost two of three matches against unranked competition in the Flyers and Missouri. Throughout the non-conference tri-match, senior setter MacKenzi Welsh turned to three relatively new faces — senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom and freshman middle blockers May Pertofsky and Jess Robinson — to shoulder the majority of the burden.