With the match tied at 2, and the season on the line, the No. 18-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team pulled off a gritty win over host Pittsburgh (19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 21-25,15-9) on Saturday evening.
Michigan’s Paige Jones, Carly Skjodt and MacKenzi Welsh, Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins, and Penn State’s Kendall White earn Big Ten weekly honors.
Favored teams claimed Big Ten victories on Friday night. 4th-ranked Penn State, 3rd-ranked Minnesota, 6th-ranked Wisconsin and 21st-ranked Purdue all secured wins to continue their win streaks.
It was a match of runs, with the teams trading late rallies over the first four sets. In the end, Wisconsin was too strong from start to finish in Set 5 to claim the road victory and hand Michigan just its second home loss of the season.
No. 14 Michigan and Michigan State each picked up five-set road wins, while No. 3 Minnesota and No. 5 Wisconsin successfully defended their home courts in sweeps.
The Michigan volleyball team (15-2, 4-2 B1G) will kick off this weekend a four-match road swing with contests at Ohio State and Maryland.
Michigan’s Carly Skjodt, Jenna Lerg and MacKenzie Welsh and Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson and Adanna Rollins earn Big Ten weekly honors.
Iowa upset #5 Wisconsin for the first time since 2009, while Michigan also escaped with a five-set home win, moving past Indiana. #4 Minnesota snapped #3 Nebraska’s 14-match win streak to claim the top spot in the Big Ten standings after Week 3.
5th-ranked Nebraska put a stop to 19th-ranked Michigan’s perfect season Friday night, downing the Wolverines in 4 sets in Big Ten-opening action. The Huskers posted a .314 attack percentage and a dominant 14 blocks to earn the victory.
Michigan matched its best start since 2015 (10-0) with its 10th straight sweep to open the season.