By Seth J. Walker
The Michigan Wolverines are used to success, as they added another NCAA Tournament appearance last year to the plethora they already have. This season, the goal remains the same. Despite losing three of their top six attackers from last year, the Wolverines enter this year with a very deep roster thanks to a talented freshman class and a transfer joining the returning players.
“One of the great things with this team is our depth,” Wolverine head coach, Mark Rosen said. “We have a lot of depth and that will work it’s way out as we go into it. We want that to happen, people love the term, organically, very naturally.”
Senior outside hitter, Carly Skjodt led the Wolverines with 3.67 kills per set last year and ranked second with 2.31 digs per set. Libero, Jenna Lerg, a fellow senior, led the team with 4.12 digs per set. Redshirt junior middle blocker, Cori Crocker led all returning players with 100 blocks, while fellow junior, setter, MacKenzie Welsh led all returning players with 29 service aces along with her team-high 1263 assists.
After starting the season on the road in the War Eagle Invitational against High Point and host, Auburn, the Wolverines complete their non-conference schedule with eight-straight home games. Two of those are against other Power-Five teams, LSU and Notre Dame; while two others are against local teams, Eastern Michigan, and Oakland. Then, the Wolverines play a competitive Big Ten schedule, featuring six opponents which were ranked in the top 25 last year.
However, Rosen is very optimistic entering this season.
“If you’re not excited now, when are you going to be?” Rosen said.