Volleyball: Wolverines out after NCAA first-round loss

 

The Michigan volleyball team’s strong 2017 season came to an end on Friday in a NCAA first-round loss to the No. 23-ranked Colorado State Rams inside Maples Pavilion at Stanford University.

Despite four double-figure kill efforts and three players with double-digit digs, the Wolverines fell 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24) to the Rams and finish the season with a 21-12 overall record – the 12th 20-win season under head coach Mark Rosen.

The NCAA Tournament appearance is the 17th in Michigan history and 16th under Rosen. The loss marks the final career performances for seniors Claire Kieffer-Wright, Adeja Lambert, and Katherine Mahlke.

The Wolverines finished the match with four players totaling double-figure kills and three earing double-digit digs. Junior outside hitter Carly Skjodt led all players with 17 kills in the effort, while senior middle blocker Claire Kieffer-Wright added 13 and senior opposite hitter Katherine Mahlke and sophomore middle blocker Cori Crocker totaled 12 apiece.

Junior libero Jenna Lerg led the defense from the back row with 19 digs.

Sophomore setter MacKenzi Welsh also totaled 10 digs to go along with 56 assists for a double-double, and Skjodt added 15 digs for her eighth kill-dig double-double of the season.

The Wolverines finished the match with a .267 team-attack average, which included a match-high .394 mark in set two.

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