Volleyball

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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.

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As sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones spiked a kill into the middle of the court, Michigan (18-7 overall, 11-4 Big Ten), won the third set, 25-18, to secure a sweep over the Hawkeyes (9-17, 3-12) and extend its win streak to five.

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Senior setter Mackenzi Welsh got a dig on the ball, sending it back to junior libero Natalie Smith. Smith set the ball high outside to Welsh, who delivered a blistering attack between two Hawkeye blockers that found the hardwood on the opposite side of the court.

Fifth-year senior middle blocker Cori Crocker tallied 12 kills on the night.

Crocker rifled a spike down the right line and it careened out of bounds following a last-ditch effort by the Fighting Illini to set up a scoring chance. The kill, one of Crocker’s 12 on the night, proved to be the deciding blow in securing Michigan (17-10 overall, 10-4 Big Ten) a massive victory over Illinois (12-11, 7-7).

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The Michigan volleyball team (17-7 overall, 10-4 Big Ten) took on Illinois (12-11, 7-7) for the second time in eight days on Saturday in Cliff Keene Arena and emerged with a similar outcome to last Friday’s bout in Champaign — a victory in four sets. 

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones tied her career high with 26 kills in Michigan's win over Michigan State.

On Wednesday the Michigan women’s volleyball team (16-7 overall, 9-4 Big Ten) closed out this season’s Crisler series against Michigan State (13-10, 4-9), winning in four sets.

The Michigan volleyball team went 5-2 in its seven matches at Crisler Center this season.

On Wednesday, the Michigan volleyball team (16-7 overall, 9-4 Big Ten) had its annual Maize Out at Crisler Center, where more than 3,100 fans gathered to see the Wolverines defeat Michigan State, 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16).

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones has gone from a hometown star in New Bremen, Ohio to key asset for the Michigan volleyball team.

From small town champion to U-M asset, sophomore volleyball player Paige Jones has asserted herself as a driving force this season. Initially underestimated because of her size, Jones’ talent, hard work and leading team numbers prompt spectators to “just watch.”

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones and the Michigan volleyball team beat No. 19 Illinois in four sets Friday night.

In a match flooded with countless lead changes and tied scores, late-game heroics were just the tip of the iceberg as Michigan (13-7 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) earned its first win over a top-25 opponent this season, defeating Illinois (10-9, 5-5), 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18.

Redshirt senior middle blocker Cori Crocker was a key cog in Michigan volleyball’s five-set win against Northwestern on Saturday.

Michigan battled the Wildcats (10-14,1-11), losing the second set by only two points, but was ultimately undone by a series of errors early on. A setback such as this might halt the momentum of many teams, but the Wolverines came roaring back with a five set win, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8.