Volleyball

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.

Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen was at the helm of the 2019 Big Ten Volleyball Foreign Team this past June..

Twenty hours before the plane containing delegates representing 11 different Big Ten volleyball teams touched down on foreign soil, all the players met up for a brief practice in Chicago.

Senior MacKenzi Welsh was instrumental in Michigan's wins over Oakland and Northern Arizona on Friday.

The 15th-ranked Wolverines (2-0) have opened their season this deep into the calendar only once since 2004. But despite the long preseason, they didn’t show any signs of being behind the curve in a 25-18, 25-23, 25-8 sweep of Oakland (1-1) in the first match of the annual Michigan Invitational before fending off an upset bid against Northern Arizona (1-1) in a 25-18, 19-25, 14-25, 25-17, 15-10 nightcap victory.

Michigan coach Mark Rosen has engineered a "three middle offense."

In their debuts, freshmen Jess Robinson and May Pertofsky were the driving offensive forces in the 15th-ranked Wolverines’ sweep of Oakland.

Michigan coach Mark Rosen and Purdue assistant Kathy Jewell share a connection dating back to their time at Northern Michigan.

It took 21 years and 6,000 miles of travel, but Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen and Purdue assistant Kathy Jewell finally found themselves on the same side of the net again this summer.

Michigan coach Mark Rosen is bringing in a freshman class with potential to contribute immediately.

Out with the old, in with the new.

This fall, the Michigan volleyball team will welcome a highly-touted group of freshmen to Ann Arbor. The class is comprised of outside hitters Jess Robinson and May Pertofsky, setter Madison Dowd and libero Amber Beals.

Rising senior outside hitter Sydney Wetterstrom will replace Carly Skjodt in the starting lineup.

In the cyclical nature of college volleyball, good players come and go. Coaches recruit their next batch of talent, rosters adjust and teams move on.

Fifth-year senior outside hitter Carly Skjodt will take her talents to Pepperdine next year, taking advantage of her final year of eligibility.

After a record-setting tenure at Michigan, Carly Skjodt is heading to the West Coast.

The two-time All-American will take a fifth year with the Pepperdine beach volleyball team as a graduate transfer.

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After spending 15 months as a volunteer assistant, Jerome Fraisse has been named the Michigan volleyball team’s third full-time assistant coach since 2015.

Senior libero Jenna Lerg secured the Wolverines' only set victory with an ace.

Michigan fought back against Texas but ultimately fell short in the Sweet Sixteen matchup