NCAA Tournament hopes looked grim at one point during the season.
Michigan was on a 4-match losing streak, all against ranked B1G teams and without a signature win on the tournament resume.
Then Michigan turned it on. They went into Columbus and beat down #14 Ohio State in straight sets and then made history by upsetting #4 Penn State on the road for the first time in program history.
Michigan secured its NCAA Tournament bid with those wins, but removed ALL doubt when they beat #18 Illinois on senior night.
Michigan played Santa Clara tonight in Los Angeles in the NCAA First Round. Michigan dropped the first set 25-20, but then won the next two sets 25-17 and won the fourth set 25-20 to take the match 3-1, giving the Wolverines their first NCAA Tournament win since the 2013 NCAA Elite 8 when they upset 2 Stanford.
Claire Kieffer-Wright led Michigan in kills at 13, with Kelly Murphy just behind her at 12.
Michigan will most likely play at 14 UCLA (the host of tonight's match) tomorrow at 10pm on Pac-12 Network. They're pummeling Lipscomb right now.
Don't sleep on the Wolverines. They stunned 10 Louisville on the road the last time they played in the NCAA Second Round and went on to the Final 4 in that tournament.
Lost in the football action of today was two BIG wins by the Michigan Field Hockey and Volleyball Teams.
First, in its first game of the NCAA Field Hockey tournament, #10 Michigan beat #7 Wake Forest in Chapel Hill, N.C. Michigan lost to Wake Forest earlier in the year 3-0 in Ann Arbor, so this is a big win. Michigan advances to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 and will face #2 seed North Carolina. Michigan lost to NC 2-1 in Ann Arbor earlier in the year, but that was the same weekend as the Wake Forest game, so the result certainly could flip. The semifinal and NCG are in Ann Arbor this year as well, so that certainly could be cool to see.
The Michigan volleyball team also ended a 4-game losing streak with a sweep at #14 Ohio State. Michigan had lost 6 of 7 coming in, including very close losses to OSU and Penn State at home, so this win can hopefully provide some momentum going into the final weeks and (hopefully) the NCAA tournament.
Lastly, Michigan Women's Basketball team scored a 90-62 win over Binghamton.
Not a jam-packed day in Michigan Athletics, but a very nice one.
Michigan Volleyball (12-14, 7-9 B1G) pulled out a great upset win over #17 Ohio State at Cliff Keen Arena. They won a close set one, 25-23. In the second set, they blew OSU away winning 25-14. The Buckeyes took the third in a back-and-forth set 3. And in set 4, Michigan pulled out a thriller, winning it 25-23 and taking the match.
Frustrating set 4. Michigan was up 24-17 and nearly lost their sure-thing victory as OSU rallied and pulled the score to 24-23. The star of the match, Caroline Knop, ended OSU's comeback hopes with a kill that sealed the upset.
Knop had a team-high 14 kills and 12 digs with 1 ace while Lexi Dannemiller led Michigan with 5 blocks.
NCAA Tournament hopes look very slim. But this is a good start if they are going to pull off a miracle run. The team has been rocked by injuries this season, causing the disappointing record. Their schedule does not get any easier as they will host the dynasty, Penn State, at Cliff Keen Arena for their next match.
#8 Michigan Wrestling (1-1, 0-0 B1G) went 1-1 today at the EMU Duals in Ypsilanti. They dismantled #24 Ohio University by the score of 28-3 in the first dual of the day with Michigan claiming two upset victories in the 174 and 197 matches-
|125||#20 Youtsey (U-M) def. Powell (OU) via major decision, 9-1|
|133||#9 Bruno (U-M) def. Squire (OU) via decision, 4-1|
|141||#4 Dutton (U-M) def. Forrider (OU) via decision, 3-0|
|149||#12 Claxton (OU) def. Pantaleo (U-M) via decision, 4-3|
|157||#10 Murphy (U-M) def. #19 Chino (OU) via tiebreaker, 5-4|
|165||#10 Massa (U-M) def. #17 Hightower (OU) via decision, 7-5|
|174||Mahomes (U-M) def. #9 Walters (OU) via decision, 5-3|
|184||Olapo (U-M) def. Conner (OU) via decision, 12-6|
|197||#17 Huntley (U-M) def. #8 Wellington (OU) via decision, 7-1|
|Hvy.||#4 Coon (U-M) def. Webb (OU) via decision 8-3|
A much tougher test came against #14 Edinboro. Michigan was down 20-0 at one point and could not make the early deficit up as Edinboro clinched the dual victory with their win in the 184 match.
|125||Mines (EDIN) def. #20 Youtsey (U-M) via decision, 6-3|
|133||#1 Schopp (EDIN) def. #9 Bruno (U-M) via major decision, 15-0|
|141||#2 Port (EDIN) def. #4 Dutton (U-M) via decision, 5-2|
|149||#5 Habat (EDIN) def. Pantaleo (U-M) via pinfall|
|157||#13 Matthews (EDIN) def. #10 Murphy (U-M) via decision, 8-6|
|165||#10 Massa (U-M) def. Hartless (EDIN) via pinfall|
|174||Mahomes (U-M) def. Jennings (EDIN) via decision, 3-1|
|184||#12 Avery (EDIN) def. Olapo (U-M) via decision, 13-6|
|197||#17 Huntley (U-M) def. Pickett (EDIN) via major decision, 19-5|
|Hvy.||#4 Coon (U-M) def. Bosch (EDIN) via decision 8-3|
Future WWE Champion Adam Coon starts his season 2-0. Next up, the Wolverines will face Central Michigan on 11/25 which will be their final dual meet until B1G competition begins in January.
#8 Women's Cross Country and #12 Men's Cross Country both received at-large bids for the NCAA Championships which will be held next Saturday in Terre Haute, IN.
I was in attendance at the MBB game, the Volleyball match and Hockey's game. I'm glad I typed this in between MBB and VB in my car because I'm exhausted.
Only one sport is in action tomorrow...
W Basketball: vs Bucknell (2pm/BTN Plus)
If you've seen these threads, you've been seeing a lot of upsets by Field Hockey.
#14 Michigan Field Hockey (10-5, 5-1 B1G) in arguably their biggest game of the season, has upset ANOTHER top-10 team. The 3rd top-10 B1G team they've beaten this season.
After going down 1-0, Michigan battled back with a penalty corner by star 5th year senior Leslie Smith to make it 1-1 heading into halftime. In the second half with 13 minutes remaining, Lauren Thomas took a penalty corner which was redirected top shelf by Emy Guttman for the game-winning goal in the driving rain.
#9 Northwestern was previously unbeaten in the B1G. Michigan is now in 1st place in the B1G with 15 points.
Michigan has 3 regular season games remaining with 2 B1G games left.
- 10/24 vs Michigan State (3:30pm/BTN)
- 10/26 vs New Hampshire (1pm)
- 11/2 at Ohio State (Noon/MGoBlueTV)
sparty (7-6) recently dropped out of the top-20 and the buckeyes are last place in the B1G without a conference win.
I'm not saying, but I'm just saying. If this Michigan team can team can play like they did tonight in their final two B1G games, they will win (at least a share) the toughest conference in the country. If I had to vote for who the best Michigan team of the fall athletic season was, it's Michigan Field Hockey.
Michigan Volleyball (9-8, 4-3 B1G) pounded Rutgers on the road tonight for their third straight win and their straight sweep. Michigan has not lost a set in their last 3 matches. The scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-21. Abby Cole had another big night with 21 kills and proves to be the key. She was in the 20s in Michigan's win prior to tonight when they upset #8 Nebraska.
Michigan started off slow but are white hot right now. They travel to Maryland tomorrow as part of their travel package.
Here's what else is going on this weekend for Michigan-
Volleyball: at Maryland (7pm)
#10 Ice Hockey: vs #19 New Hampshire (7:35pm/BTN Plus)
#24 Women's Soccer: vs Ohio State (2pm)
A damn near perfect weekend in Michigan Athletics. Across the board.
Recapping the games from this weekend
Michigan Volleyball (8-8, 3-3 B1G) pulled off a stunner today that just finished up. Coming off of a great sweep of Iowa on Friday night at Keen, Michigan welcomed #8 Nebraska today in a special Sunday match trying to piggy back off of those who stayed in town for the Football game.
Michigan has only beaten Nebraska twice in program history, and only once while Nebraska has been a member of the B1G.
Michigan took all three sets by scores of 25-19, 32-30(!) and 25-21. This win could turn the entire season around much like the upset win over ND by Men's Soccer on Tuesday night could do for their team. Michigan bested Nebraska in every stat category but blocks. Abby Cole had 19 kills.
Michigan has not dropped a set in two matches and will now travel to face Rutgers on 10/17 and Maryland on 10/18.
Michigan Men's Soccer (4-5-2, 2-1-2 B1G) is continuing to roll along. Fresh off of their upset win against #6 Notre Dame (as mentioned above), they demolished the worst team in the B1G, Rutgers, 3-0 in Piscataway. William Mellors-Blair scored two goals and assisted on Colin McAtee's goal. McAtee now has 4 goals in the last two games and the Michigan offense is heating up at the right time.
Michigan started the season 1-5-2 which included a blowout loss on the road to Columbia and were shut out four times. Michigan has now won 3 straight games outscoring the opposition 8-3. They will take on their non-conference rival Akron on the road on Tuesday night.
Michigan Women's Soccer (11-3-0, 7-1-0 B1G) followed the Men's lead and won their game 3-0 on Saturday night, as well. The Women demolished the worst team in the B1G, the Indiana Hoosiers, in Bloomington. Madi Lewis, Jessica Heifetz and leading scorer Nicky Waldeck were Michigan's goal scorers.
Michigan controls their destiny for a B1G Championship. They are currently tied with #6 Penn State at 21 points in the B1G standings. The two will meet later this week on 10/16 in Michigan's biggest game of the year. Keep in mind, Michigan lost two All-Americans to graduation and were thought to have a not as good of a season as last year.
#14 Michigan Field Hockey (9-5, 4-1 B1G) lost another Sunday afternoon heartbreaker to a top-15 team. A week ago it was #12 Louisville on the road in 2OT, today it was #7 Stanford. Leslie Smith scored early for the Wolverines but Stanford came back in the second half with a fluky goal that redirected in to tie the game. Michigan threatened late but could not score and the game went to OT where Stanford ended it about 4 minutes in. Michigan plays in the best conference in the nation and just upset #10 Iowa in Iowa City on Friday night so there's nothing to be worried about. Losing that game on Friday would've been 50x worse than the loss today.
I'll take this loss to Stanford every day of the week if it means Michigan can beat Northwestern next week. If Michigan wins that game, they'll be in first place in the B1G with two conference games to play and only one of those remaining games will be against a team with a pulse.
This coming week could be the biggest week in quite awhile for Michigan Athletics that doesn't include Football. Field Hockey and Women's Soccer are playing arguably their biggest games of the regular season, both at home.
Here is the schedule for the upcoming week (rankings used are current which will change on Tuesday)
Men's Soccer: at Akron (7pm)
Women's Soccer: vs #6 Penn State (7pm)
#11 M Cross Country: adidas Invitational in Madison, WI (Noon)
Volleyball: at Rutgers (7pm)
#14 Field Hockey: vs #8 Northwestern (7pm/BTN Plus)
#8 Hockey: vs #19 New Hampshire (7:35pm/CN900)
Volleyball: at Maryland (7pm)
#8 Hockey: vs #19 New Hampshire (7:35pm/TV TBA)
Women's Soccer: vs Ohio State (2pm)
Michigan Field Hockey (9-4, 4-1 B1G) has rebounded off of their 2OT loss at #12 Louisville last Sunday and pulled off ANOTHER road upset of a top-10 B1G team. This time, it's the mighty Iowa Hawkeyes who have always been a thorn in the side of Michigan historically (21-40 series record).
Michigan took a 3-0 lead with about 12 minutes to play with goals by the star Leslie Smith and two from Sammy Gray. Iowa tacked one on with 6 to play but it was not enough.
Michigan now controls their own destiny in the race for a B1G Championship.
B1G standings coming into tonight-
|4.||#4 Penn State||2-1||6|
|#20 Michigan State||2-2||6|
Michigan's only loss in B1G play was a 2-0 defeat to #2 Maryland.
Michigan's remaining schedule (using current rankings)
- 10/12 vs #7 Stanford
- 10/17 vs #8 Northwestern
- 10/24 vs #20 Michigan State
- 10/26 at New Hampshire
- 11/2 at Ohio State
That game on Sunday with #7 Stanford was just picked up by BTN Plus.
In sticking with the Michigan-Iowa theme, Michigan Volleyball (7-8, 2-3 B1G) has rebounded with a nice sweep of Iowa at Cliff Keen tonight. They won the sets by the scores of 25-15, 29-27 and 25-19.
The first coach of the Michigan Volleyball program, Sandy Vong, was in attendance today to see the Wolverines win.
(guy in the hat)
Tonight was Michigan's annual pink match. They outlined the Block M at center court and the outside lines in pink.
Next up, Michigan has the steep task of taking on #8 Nebraska on Sunday at Cliff Keen Arena at 1pm. Oddly, the match won't be televised on BTN.
Tomorrow is another big day for Michigan Athletics.
Here's the slate for this weekend-
Football: vs Penn State (7pm/ESPN2)
Men's Soccer: at Rutgers (7pm/BTN Plus)
Women's Soccer: at Indiana (7pm/BTN Plus)
Volleyball: vs #8 Nebraska
Field Hockey: vs #7 Stanford (1pm/BTN Plus)