The Michigan volleyball team (15-8, 5-7 B1G) will wrap up a three-match home streak on Wednesday against Rutgers (5-19, 0-12 B1G) with the opening serve at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.
The Wolverines then head out on the road for a match at Illinois (16-7, 7-5 B1G) on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 7:30 p.m. CT. Fans can stream Wednesday’s contest via BTN2Go (subscription required) and watch Saturday’s match live on the Big Ten Network.
The Scarlet Knights will enter the week with a 5-19 overall record and an 0-12 record in the Big Ten following a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Minnesota this past Saturday (Oct. 28) at home.
The teams most recently met three weeks ago, with the Wolverines taking the contest in four sets (25-12, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16) while allowing Rutgers to capture its first set victory of the conference season.
With a loss to No. 7-ranked Nebraska on Sunday (Oct. 29), the Wolverines saw a two-match win streak snapped. So far this season, Michigan has been unable to string together a win streak longer than four matches, and both four-game win streaks came during the non-conference portion of the season.
Following a 1-1 week with a sweep of Iowa and a loss to No. 7-ranked Nebraska, Michigan dropped out of the AVCA Poll this week for the first time this season. The Wolverines began the season ranked 16th in the preseason poll and appeared in the poll for the first seven editions before receiving votes in the last three editions.
The Big Ten Conference has six teams represented in the AVCA Top-25 this week. Penn State (1), Minnesota (5), Nebraska (7), Wisconsin (8) and Michigan State (9) all sit inside the top 10, while Purdue (22) rounds out the group.
Michigan’s offense had both highs and lows last week, mostly in terms of efficiency. The Wolverines swept Iowa (Oct. 27) behind a .465 attacking percentage, which marked the highest average of the season. Michigan also recorded a season-low eight errors in the effort. Just two days later, however, the Maize and Blue fell to No. 7 Nebraska in straight sets and finished with a season-low .046 hitting percentage.
Michigan’s senior class has posted a 36-13 record at home over the last three seasons and will look to maintain an impressive home record this year. Prior to a loss against Minnesota (Oct. 7) which spoiled the Wolverines perfect 8-0 home record, Michigan had only lost three sets when playing at home this season.