University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse

BY DANIELLE COWART, Guest Writer

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Women’s volleyball team defeated Lawrence Tech University for their first win in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) this season. The Wolves clinched the victory by winning three of four sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, and 25-18).

Although the Wolves were victorious, senior captain Tiffany Brufladt believes there is always room for improvement.

“We need to improve our execution during the matches as well as playing at a high level on a consistent basis,” said Brufladt Tiffany is the team’s only captain, and one of two seniors starting as an outside hitter. Brufladt explains the importance of their recent win saying, “Tuesday was a big win because we had lost to them earlier in the season and I know we didn’t play to our full potential and avenged the lost.”

Brufladt believes the team is more than capable enough in competing with the top teams in the conference.

“I think we can be competitive with any team. It just comes down to our execution,” said Brufladt. The Wolves’ next game is Tuesday, October 2 at Indiana Institute of Technology in another WHAC conference match-up. The girls are hoping to have a repeated success in this contest in order to continue on improving their league record.

The coaching staff consists of head coach Mike Gibson, who is entering year 30 in charge of the program, assisted by Al Edwards (season 21) and Tom McPartlin (season 4). As the season continues, each game becomes more important; having a stronger regular season record will grant the team a higher seed in the conference tournament.

With eight conference matches remaining, the woman’s volleyball team is hoping for a strong finish to their regular season and head into this year’s WHAC tournament as serious contenders.

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