By STEVE ROBENAULT, Staff Reporter
Once more, the ball didn’t bounce the way the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team had hoped. The Wolverines’ first win of the season remains illusory.
UM- Dearborn hosted Marygrove College on Wednesday, Oct. 15 for its second meeting of the season. It was a hard fought match for both sides; however, Marygrove emerged victorious in four sets, 25-13, 25-22, 20-25, and 25-21.
In the first set, the Mustangs raced out to an early 10-4 lead, which they would never relinquish. The Wolverines struggled to defend Marygrove’s offensive attack which was .323 percent. UM-Dearborn would eventually fall by 12 points.
In the second set, the Wolverines showed more consistency keeping the score even at 10-10. Captain, Rebecca Carley, had many of her 24 total digs in this set and the rest of the team gave a fantastic effort, narrowly losing by three.
Displaying what has been the team’s hallmark this year, it came out of the break even more determined and aggressive. This focused energy helped elevate the Wolverines’ attack to a .317 percent, leading to a victory in the third set. Marygrove regrouped in the fourth set to take home the match win.
The Wolverines squad received a strong effort from many players. Colby DeMare provided 15 kills along with nine digs. Megan Ynclan chipped in with 11 kills as well. The team was also supported well by Kelly Markle and Brittany Bejma with 23 and 21 assists respectively.
The volleyball team had a tough test Saturday as it traveled to Sienna Heights University for a tri-match with Sienna and 16th ranked Madonna. The Wolverines were swept by the Saints and Crusaders to drop to 0-25.