The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s volleyball continued their long season this week with three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference matchups. The team entered play at (3-19, WHAC 2-11). They also entered on a four-game losing streak with three of those matches ending in sweeps.
The Wolverines were determined to snap their losing streak and get their season back on track. They opened the week on Wednesday at home with a great opportunity to earn a much needed victory against Siena Heights University, who UM-Dearborn had beaten 3-0 on September 18th. Unfortunately, the tables were turned this time around and the Saints swept the Wolverines 3-0.
Despite being swept, the Wolverines played well and nearly won the two opening sets. In the first set, the Maize and Blue got off to a fast start and led 11-6. They continued to play well and held a 19-17 advantage late, but Siena Heights scored eight of the final 10 points to take the match 25-21.
UM-Dearborn came out even stronger in the second set, leading 10-3 early on. Once again, however, Siena Heights methodically cut into their deficit and the Wolverines were unable to find an answer. Multiple scoring runs resulted in the Saints closing out the set 22-12 en route to a 25-22 victory.
The final set was dominated by Siena Heights as they led the entire set to win 25-19. The Wolverines were able to get within four points late, but that was as close as they could get and UM-Dearborn was swept for the fourth consecutive game.
UM-Dearborn was led by the Giacomini sisters as Gina led the team in kills with 14 while Sabrina recorded 17 assists. Freshman sensations Regan Sliwinski and Mallory Lynch continued their strong seasons. Sliwinski finished with seven kills and Lynch contributed a team-high 18 digs.
On Friday, the Wolverines faced Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana. UM-Dearborn would have their work cut out for them as the Warriors entered the match at (21-7, WHAC 9-5) and were top-five in the WHAC.
The Warriors would live up to the hype, and defeated UM-Dearborn 3-0 to hand the Wolverines another sweep.
The Wolverines got off to another hot start and led Indiana Tech 10-4 early in the opening set. Similar to what happened against the Saints, the Wolverines were simply unable to hang on to their lead. The Maize and Blue led 20-18 late, but the Warriors scored the final three points and won 25-22.
The two closing sets were dominated by Indiana Tech as they led for the majority of both. The Warriors won the second set 25-19 and the final set 25-13 to give UM-Dearborn another gut-wrenching defeat.
UM-Deaborn was led by Gina Giacomini and senior Bronte Michura, both finished with seven kills. Sabrina Giacomini and senior Daniella Barile each added 11 assists, while Lynch contributed 10 digs.
The Wolverines finished up their long week with a final matchup against the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday in Lima, Ohio. The Racers entered the game with a record of (20-9, WHAC 11-5) and proved to be another tough opponent for UM-Dearborn.
Northwestern Ohio controlled most of the opening set to win 25-17, and in the second, the Wolverines showed their resilience. The Racers jumped out to a 6-1 advantage, but UM-Dearborn rallied and led 21-16 late. Despite needing just four points to win the set, the Maize and Blue failed once again to close their opponent out and UNOH went on a 9-1 run to win 25-22.
In the final set, the Wolverines were able to keep the game tight, but never could get any closer than two points. Northwestern Ohio earned the set victory 25-21 to sweep UM-Dearborn 3-0.
Although the score appeared lopsided, the Wolverines played hard against the Racers and kept each set close. Gina Giacomini continued her strong week with 11 kills and sophomore Mackenzie Zook added 10 kills. Barile contributed 17 assists, while Sabrina Giacomini finished with 15.
The tough week drops UM-Dearborn’s record to (3-22, WHAC 2-14). The Wolverines will look to snap their seven-game losing streak on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. against Cornerstone University at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse.