By RYAN PETRAS, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team traveled off to Davenport University for their annual volleyball tournament, the Panther Invitational.
The team would go winless in the invitational, finishing 0-4 on the weekend.
The team was without Rebecca Carley and middle-blocker Jessica Spiegelberg, both regular starters. Their absence would play a big role on the team during the tournament.
In their first matchup against the Ashford Saints, (15-12) Michigan-Dearborn would find themselves down two sets to none, before fighting back in the third set, winning 26-24. The Saints would pull away with the victory winning the fourth set in convincing fashion, 25-16.
The team would then take on the Grace College Lakers, (17-8). Michigan-Dearborn struggled against the Lakers losing in three straight sets, (14-25, 16-25, 11-25).
On Sunday morning, UM-Dearborn faced off against familiar opponent the Rochester Warriors, (17-19) who beat UM-Dearborn in five sets on October 11. The two teams would find themselves in a five set match again, with the Warriors being victorious again, (25-21, 21-25, 16-25, 25-19, 15-11).
In the last match, UM-Dearborn played the Huntington University Foresters, (7-17). Huntington has been a team that struggled for the better part of the season but found a way to go 3-1 in the Panther Invitational. Michigan-Dearborn kept the games close, but the Foresters eventually pulled away with the victory, (25-22,25-22,23-25, 25-19).
UM-Dearborn is now 7-22 for the season. They welcome Madonna University to the fieldhouse on October 16 for a league match. The match begins at 7:00 pm.