The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team travelled to California to play a team from New York in the first match of the 2017 season at the USC/LMU Invite. The Wolverines had few problems with Albany, winning in three sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-20) on Friday morning (Aug. 25) at the Galen Center on the campus of USC.
The Wolverines played host USC in the second match of the day and fell to the talented Trojans 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 28-30, 25-16).
With the victory over Albany, Michigan improved to 32-13 in season openers, and the Wolverines extended their win streak in season openers to 12 straight years.
Senior opposite hitter Katherine Mahlke led the Wolverine offense with 11 kills, while sophomore Cori Crocker posted a team-high .571 attack percentage. Claire Kieffer-Wright finished with 10 kills in the win.
In her first career start, junior setter Maddy Abbott racked up a career-high 38 assists. She also guided the offense to a .237 team attack percentage.
On the defensive said, junior libero Jenna Lerg anchored the back row for Michigan with 11 digs, while Adeja Lambert finished with 10. Freshman Jacqueline DiSanto made her career debut an impressive one, logging five digs from her defensive specialist position.
Against UCS, Lambert led the Wolverines with 20 kills on the night, coming up just short of her career high. She also finished the match with a .375 attack percentage and seven digs. Jacqueline Skjodt also finished the night with double-figure kills, totaling 11 to go with 10 digs for her first double-double of the season.
Defensively, sophomore libero Jenna Lerg led the Wolverines with 20 digs, while Crocker recorded a team-high seven blocks.
Michigan will return to play on Saturday (Aug. 26) with a match at Loyola Marymount. The contest, which marks the final match of the USC/LMU Invite, is slated to begin at 7 p.m. PDT at Gersten Pavilion.