The weekend in Los Angeles for the Michigan volleyball team wasn’t about hanging out at the beach, or walking down Hollywood Boulevard or getting a tan, it was about one thing: preparation.
The No. 16 ranked Wolverines return to Ann Arbor with a 2-1 record in three games but more importantly a better understanding of where they stand as a team and how to best improve on that position.
“We saw two teams this weekend in USC and Loyola Marymount that run different offenses than we are used to seeing,” said Michigan head coach Mark Rosen. “It’s great for us to play different styles of teams. We saw a lot of things we need to get better at and things to work on.
“Overall, it was a good weekend and helped prepare us well to move forward into the season.”
Despite trailing early in both the first and second sets, the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team surged late to pick up a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) over the Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday evening (Aug. 26) at Gersten Pavilion in the final game of the USC/LMU Invite.
Michigan opened the tournament with a three-game sweep of Albany before dropping a four-set match to the host Trojans.
While Rosen saw plenty of positives from his talented squad on the West Coast there are some things the Wolverines will turn their attention to once they get back home to Ann Arbor.
“I didn’t think our movement was great,” Rosen said. “We need to work on moving our feet on defense and serve-receive and just getting better with our movement skills. And across the board our execution needs to be more consistent.”
Against Loyola, Adeja Lambert led the Maize and Blue with 10 kills and was the only Wolverine to finish in double figures. Michigan still ended the day with an impressive .325 team attack average.
Defensively, Carly Skjodt had a team-high seven of the Wolverines’ 32 digs. From the front row, Cori Crocker led Michigan with four blocks and led all hitters with a .600 attack average.
The Wolverines will return to action on Friday (Sept. 1) when they kick off the Michigan Invitational with a match against Butler. The home opener is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Wolverines’ home court in Ann Arbor.