Volleyball

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The Michigan volleyball team followed the example of its kills leader, sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones, on Sunday. Against No.

No. 7 Minnesota won three consecutive sets to beat Michigan in comeback fashion.

Freshman middle blocker Jess Robinson goes up for the attack mirrored by two Gopher blockers. Her hand comes forward, delivering the attack. The ball collides with the defenders’ arms and falls to the floor — point, Minnesota.

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The ball was set perfectly above Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart, as she wound up for the first of many slashing swings. The ball darted toward the open court on Michigan’s side until senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom’s hand popped the ball up.

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Knocking on the door of a third-set win, the Michigan volleyball team made two crucial plays to close it out against No.8 Penn State. First, a diving save by senior libero Kyleigh Hamacher led to a spike from senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom.

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The rest of the night played out in much the same way for the Wolverines (13-5 overall, 6-2 Big Ten), who swept the Scarlet Knights (6-13, 0-8) to the tune of 25-10, 25-15, 25-16. Following consecutive Big Ten losses to No. 5 Nebraska and No. 8 Penn State, Michigan wasted no time righting the ship against another conference foe.

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The Michigan women’s volleyball team (13-5 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) rotated through its entire lineup on its way to a 3-0 victory over Rutgers (6-13, 0-8). The win was reassuring, snapping a two-game losing streak and making a statement about the depth of its lineup. The non-starting players upheld a dominating performance over the Scarlet Knights — the closest set being 25-16.

Freshman May Pertofsky led Michigan with her serve, though the Wolverines eventually lost to Nebraska.

May Pertofsky had the Nebraska defense out of system and its offense rattled as she brought her dominant serve onto national television for the first time this season.

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Michigan (12-3 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) entered the contest against the Hawkeyes (7-9, 1-4) having won its last 13 sets. Seeking to keep the momentum going against an Iowa team that was riding a three game losing streak entering Friday’s game.

Senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom hit a .440 and added 14 kills in Friday’s sweep of Maryland.

Michigan consistently hit the ball with great accuracy, playing one of their most efficient games of the season. Sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones led the way with 16 kills. The offensive efficiency was made possible by senior setter Mackenzie Welsh, as she single-handedly out assisted the entire Maryland team, 41 to 29.

The Michigan volleyball team swept Ohio State Sunday, for the second week in a row.

Using offensive consistency, the Michigan women's volleyball team swept the Buckeyes, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-19 on Sunday.