Michigan Falls to No. 11 Minnesota in Straight Sets at Crisler

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» Jess Mruzik led the Wolverines with 10 kills.

» Hannah Grant collected her fourth consecutive double-digit digs match.

» Michigan is back in action on Saturday (Oct. 8) against No. 3 Nebraska at 7 p.m. in Crisler for its Pride match.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team fell to No. 11 Minnesota in straight sets (12-25, 22-25, 13-25) on Friday (Oct. 7) at Crisler Center.

Michigan (12-3, 3-2 Big Ten) was led by Jess Mruzik and May Pertofsky on the attacking front, combining for 18 of Michigan’s 30 kills. Hannah Grant earned her fourth consecutive double-digit digs match after recording 11.

The Maize and Blue started out strong going head-to-head with the Gophers, but Minnesota (8-5, 3-2 Big Ten) went on a 9-0 run to pull to a 15-5 lead after six consecutive Wolverine errors. The Gophers never looked back, taking the first set 25-12.

Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 second-set lead before a slam by Pertofsky. Jess Robinson took over for the Wolverines, collecting a solo stuff block and a kill to pull Michigan within one. U-M took its first lead of the set at 10-9 after a Pertofsky tip over the block. The Gophers went on a 4-0 run late to pull ahead of Michigan 21-16. The Maize and Blue would make a late push behind a Kendall Murray ace and a Mruzik kill but fell 25-22.

Michigan got out to a slow start in the final set, falling behind 4-1. A kill by Jacque Boney and a Gopher error pulled Michigan within one. Minnesota went on a couple of runs to create a comfortable lead of 18-10 and never looked back. Minnesota ended the match on a 6-0 run to take the third set 25-13.

Michigan will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 8) at 7 p.m. when the Wolverines host No. 3 Nebraska in a Pride match at Crisler Center. The contest will be streamed live on B1G+.


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