Volleyball: Wolverines bounce back from loss with win over Ball State

The University of Michigan volleyball team defeats New Hampshire University, 3-0, at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor MI. on September 2, 2017.

After dropping only their second match of the season, the Michigan volleyball team returned to its winning ways on Sunday with a four-set victory over Ball State at the Colorado State University Tournament in Fort Collins, Colo.

The Wolverines lost the previous night to the host school. The loss was Michigan’s second of the season with both losses coming against opponents currently ranked in the AVCA top 25.

The Wolverines improved to 7-2 on the season with the (17-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-18) win over the Cardinals.
After dropping the first set of the day, the No. 16-ranked Wolverines rallied to win three straight sets.

Carly Skjodt, Adeja Lambert and Sydney Wetterstrom led the Wolverine offense with 13 kills apiece. Wetterstrom’s 13 kills at a .435 clip also marked a career high.

Defensively, Michigan had three players finish with double-digit digs, and junior libero Jenna Lerg led the charge with 18.

Skjodt added 13 digs for a kill-dig double-double, and MacKenzie Welsh finished the day with 12 for her second assist-dig double-double of the season.

Cori Crocker led the blocking effort with five, and Welsh totaled four while Claire Kieffer-Wright added three.
The Wolverines opened the CSU tournament by defeating Idaho State in straight sets (25-23, 25-13, 25-22) Friday morning in the first match. The sweep was Michigan’s fifth of the season.

Lambert led the Wolverine offense with 12 kills at a .409 clip, while Skjodt added 10 kills. Lambert also recorded 10 digs in the win for her first double-double of the season.

Lerg led all players with 13 digs, while Welsh and Kieffer-Wright led Michigan with five blocks apiece.

Overall, the Wolverines finished with a season-high 11 blocks and hit for a .280 average.

The Wolverines return to action on Friday when they kick off the Michigan Challenge with a match against N.C. State. The first serve is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.

The Wolverines will play a pair of games on Saturday, facing UW Milwaukee at 11 a.m. and Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m.

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