By JACK VANASSCHE, Staff Writer
In what may end up as the toughest road trip of the year, the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team failed to win a single set en route to three conference losses.
“We played three of the top five teams in the conference,” said head coach Eric Stark. “When we played fast, played aggressive, we did some really nice things against all three opponents.
“All three matches came down to our inability to be consistent.”
Wednesday, the Wolverines traveled to Indiana Tech, where they were defeated by the Warriors in straight sets (9-25, 19-25, 11-25).
The Wolverines (9-17, 2-11 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) committed 20 attacking errors and tallied just 21 kills.
Indiana Tech (23-8, 9-4 WHAC) showcased a strong defense that ended with six team blocks and an accurate offense that posted a .413 hitting percentage.
Friday, the Wolverines traveled to No. 9-ranked Lourdes where the Wolverines were swept 3-0 (13-25, 11-25, 10-25).
Stark had a simple message for his team faced with the tall task of competing with the Gray Wolves (20-3, 14-0 WHAC).
“I told (our team) going into it, ‘This is our one opportunity against a top-ten team. Leave everything out there and see how you match up.’”
While the Wolverines were more competitive against powerhouse Lourdes than they were against the Warriors on Wednesday, it was still not enough to take down the mighty Gray Wolves.
Lourdes put up eight team blocks and committed only five attacking errors on their way to their 14th consecutive victory.
Christina Oakley led the Wolverines with five kills on the night; a personal season-high.
Saturday, the Wolverines ended their road trip at Siena Heights University, where the Saints would sweep Michigan-Dearborn (21-25, 13-25, 13-25).
The Saints (19-9, 7-6 WHAC) faltered early in the first set, but rallied to take each set from the Wolverines.
Libero Raechel Warchock tallied a match-high 14 digs to add to her team-leading 229 on the year.
With the season winding down, the Wolverines will only have three more games to show what they’re capable of.
Wednesday, the Wolverines will honor their seniors as they host No. 18 Madonna in the last home volleyball game of the year.
Saturday, the Wolverines will hit the road for a rematch with the University of Northwestern Ohio, looking to avenge a Sep. 28 sweep at the hands of the Racers.