Women’s Volleyball Splits with Windsor Lancers

By PHILLIP LUTZ, Sports Editor

The University of Michigan Dearborn Volleyball team won all 3 sets on Wednesday night against the Windsor Lancers. The team won convincingly on set two, and three with scores of 25-19. The first set they won 25-23.

This was a back-to-back set of games for the teams. Tuesday night, the Wolverines traveled to Windsor for the first game of the home-and-home.

Tuesday night in Canada the Wolverines lost all three sets to the Lancers 12-25, 14-25, and 21-25.

Tuesday’s travel seemed to really affect the team’s mental game.

Head coach Eric Stark said, “I thought we were a little distracted by the things we couldn’t control. Going through customs, getting out and showing ID’s became a topic of discussion for a little while. Longer than it needed to be.”

Senior Bri Alspaugh mentioned the change of rules across the border.

“In Canada they only get six subs, here we have unlimited. Also they have a different ball.”

After Wednesday’s win, the Wolverines executed when they needed to.

“We really focused on just what we needed to focus on and we got the job done,” Alspaugh said.

The Wolverines were all over the court setting each other up and spiking it over the net.

Junior Erin Parrinello led the way Wednesday night with 7 kills, 1 service ace, 5 digs, 1 solo block and 1 blocking assist. She also had 22 attempts and scored 9.5 points.

Senior Shayla Smalls had 7 kills, 18 attempts and scored 8 points.

Coach Stark said after the game, “Best player today, I’d say our defense as a whole. Our defensive core made a huge improvement today. Dug a lot more, played a lot more aggressive.”

The team showed toughness and improved defense throughout the night. A large home crowd was on hand following an event outside the Fieldhouse prior to the game.

This team is 3-3 on the year and will play again on September 13th against Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana.