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Nice come back by Blue, gaining a 4-pt lead in set 2 and forcing a Texas timeout. Looking much more comfortable now.
Thanks, just flipped it on what did I miss?
A first set curbstomping by the Longhorns... but now we're in a pretty good spot here in set 2!
she was a labero so not freakishly tall. but man those shorts. yowzeh.
Spike the Longhorns! Go Blue!!
Some killer blocks in this set. So close here, up 21-20. Can't let up.
Timeout UT again! 23-20, an unreal comeback if they can finish it.
That first set was ugly, 3 point lead in 2nd set! 23-20
One serious complaint about volleyball. The game's social norms require everyone to jump up and down like lunatics after every point. That, plus the camera position, makes it tough for me to figure out who won the last point. Girls, it's okay to not act happy after you give up a point.
Watch the ref instead.
I was an assistant VB coach when my daughter played in HS. I know very little about the game. However, the reason both teams huddle up is to get ready for the next serve. That point was lost (or won) but we have to get this next one.
It keeps the kids from hanging their heads for too long. The game goes quick and they need to stay focused. My daughter had 23 of 25 points in one game with 20 aces. She had no clue because the game went so fast that she did not have time to think about it.
I used to think that, but then I played a little bit. It's a team sport, but each play is very individual. You make a mistake and you've immediately let your team down. Plus, every point is pretty crucial - a 5-point lead is very tough to come back from.
Not saying I would be at all similar with the demonstrative emotions, but it is a roller coaster of a game and whatever you can do to stay on an even keel is important.
I'd agree that it's critical in a fast-paced game to stay focused. Otherwise, you could lose the game without blinking. It just seems like the reactions are so high all the time that it would be distracted. Maybe I'm just not familiar enough.
You are constantly ready for the ball, but you're not moving /running a ton...that energy and tension can be intense. So when the play is over, you kinda have to exhale and get it all together for the next one.
Need this set. Would be really good to even it up.
can really get high. We cant seem to block her. But we are more balanced. How can Texas have 2 serve errors in one set let alone an entire match?
We can do this with their big gun on the bench.
Comeback is underway!!
Got to keep swinging like you have to keep shooting like you have to keep passing. Really huge to even this up. Brand new game. Bring it on.
The good gals tied it up. Go Blue!
I want this NC so bad for this program. Hasn't been historically good, haven't won a B1G Championship ever and is tied going into halftime in the Final 4.
It just goes to show how strong the B1G is when a team that finishes 11-9 in conference play is in the Final 4.
I said several times that the SB team would be the next M NC. I ment no disrespect to any other Varsity sport. I conceeded to sing the Yellow and Blue in the Diag if they win the NC. I will post it on youtube for all to laugh.
Lets go ladies.
Funny that the Big 10 has more teams in the Final Four than the Pac 12.
M has had a ton of chances to get this lead to 3 and have come up just short. If they can get up 3, it will be huge.
This is intense to watch. Certainly not like the volleyball I played in gym class.
Actually I used a volleyball much more playing dodgeball. And yes...getting hit in the balls by a hard dodgeball throw was not fun, from what I remember.
Big Ace to get us up 3, but UT weathered that well. Need to stay up 2!
but, man, this is fun to watch.
This is the first volleyball (game? match?) thing I have ever watched, and it's pretty fantastic. Prolly doesn't hurt that Big Blue is doing work in this tourney..and all the Bo talk, it's a good transition
Rallyed a mini-run by Texas and have forced another TO!
Very close here, up 19-17! No mistakes and the great defense is the key!
Another interesting tie to football: Molly Toon is sister to Nick Toon former Wisconsin football receiver.
And daughter of NFL'er Al Toon
What an exciting team to watch! I love how loose the team is playing under such pressure. It's amazing they've made it this far when as they mentioned we finished 6th in the Big Ten. We've definitely peaked at the right time. Hope we keep it going. Finish out this set and complete the match in set 4.
They look like they are having fun and UT looks tight.
Love seeing all the MGoBloggers saying they enjoy the game. Supporting Michigan Athletics introduces me to new sports that I grow to love.
Here we go! Up 22-19!!!
EDIT: WOW! What defense. Up 23-20.
We dont have a M Volleyball team.
there aren't that many men's teams. Mainly on the west coast. Lots of CA teams
ohio has one. Would be cool to see Michigan add one. The more varsity sports the better IMO. I'd take Skiing or Bowling if they wanted to add it.
I believe at this point only Ohio and Penn State have teams. Just as the women's team, Penn State is pretty strong every year having won some national championships.
Would love to see Michigan add a team. Many Big Ten schools have club teams that play in tournaments throughout the year including Michigan but just haven't officially joined as a varsity sport like Penn State or Ohio.
Wish I could have been home to watch this....keep the updates coming!!
Good TO by Rosen. You have 2, so use one here to do what you can to get this to set point before UT gets any momentum.
Big moment. Have got to take this set. 23-21 got to get it. C'mon.
My wife never watches sports, but she's loving this. Go Blue!
WOO! Set point!
Let's go! Finish this set! Go blue!
Set point! Wow.
Can't lose this set....it could be a back-breaker
Fitting. They say defense wins championships.
Ugh, not the time for Dannemiller to go for it.
Still have set-point with a side out, but need to get it on THIS point. Don't want UT receiving again.
Come on girls! Revenge for the Rose Bowl!
1 more set ladies!!!!!
YES!!! 2 sets to 1 U-M!!!
This. Team. Belongs.
That was HUGE one more set!
I'm always kind of amazed how good of tv college softball and volleyball are. I'm totally invested in this game and I always get sucked into softball too
One more ladies. Come on. Shock the world.
On another note, Texas must be flush with cash. Pretty baller that they sent their pep band to the W Volleyball tournament.
See previous thread for reason why both bands are there:
Let's go baby! Hail!
Holy crap volleyball is fun to watch. I turned it on halfway through the third set, and my heart is pounding with every point. This is crazy.
But instead am in my hotel room riveted.
an amazing set 2 & set 3.
in other sports too.
Argh, TX up 10-5.
Huge block to prevent a 6-point deficit. Our passing has disappeared a bit here in the 3rd.
Toon has had some crazy outside shots that have nailed the line. Need a bit of a run here... Let's get it down to 2!
I'm switching between this and Thursday Night Football. Why is there no thread on that? Leon Hall covering Jason Avant? Brandon Graham with a sack already? Yes, please.
Argh again: 15-10 them.
Geez, the service errors can't happen. Suddenly we're back down 5 and it's going to be tough to recover this 5-pt deficit.
will win in in 5 sets book it. GO BLUE
Unreal... another terrible service error.
Wow, looking like the first set here. Not the kind of momentum you want going into a 15-pt 5th set.
I was gonna say time for a timeout. We've been looking bad this set
The curbstomping resumes...
Coming down to the fifth set. This server in the last set will be huge. If we can defend her then we'll have a good shot.
Well, that was nasty.
Their set, so what, just win the fifth. Go Blue!
5th set will be first one to 15 instead of 25, win by 2.
Damn Damn Damn. Not a good set.
well this shouldn't be stressful at all, sudden death events are always nothing but pure joy right?
Did I just see some Beth Mowins cleavage?
Huh, this Tito's vodka must be more potent than my normal brand.
Not such a good start.
I dont know what Texas did or what we didnt do but we look like we totally forgot how to play
just like the hockey just choke away chances at national titles.
I think this match is over unfortunately :(
Yeah texas is the more talented team and they are playing like it right now.
Well this is disappointing.
Off to a rocky start in the 5th. Come on ladies, payback for the Rose Bowl.
Third set was great. Since then, Texas has dominated.
Unfortunately it looks like importance of the moment has caught up the Michigan. They were playing best in the 2nd and 3rd set when they were loose and having fun. Need to capture that swag back.
ain't over till it's over
Let's do this, so proud of this team and the program is looking good for the future, me thinks
Here we go
That's why they play till 15! HAIL!
come on M
Hey-o it ain't over yet! 4-5 UT.
Is a beast!
Wracking right now
All right we got one they got one.
Third time down one - let's tie it up!
Tied at 8!!!
He'll yea. Tied 8-8
Tied at 8!!!!
This is so stressful.....why do they switch benches midway through the set? It seems outrageous
Texas' coach looks absolutely dejected every single time they lose a point like he expected to win 25-0 25-0 25-0
this is nerve wracking as all hell..i've never watched volleyball before
Cmon ladies! I want this so bad and im not sure why
at this game?
I'm so scared
Argh, 11-8 them
girls keep fighting
Those are some creepy old UT fans they bussed in for the game.
wow. that could be it.
that's the game
and then receive error was twice as brutal
the match would start an hour before the BBall game starts, this always happens it seems like
Wow, great digs by them. And now match point them.
Damn that was a killer, three great saves by Texas to make it a 3 point game instead of a one point game. And then Michigan boofs the serve.
Great job ladys, you exceed all expectation and should be proud of your season.
but that was a crappy crappy finish. Dont know what happened to that 2nd and 3rd set magic
Too bad. But great run by the team. They were fun to watch.
I hate Texas.
Welp went down 4-0 and down 3 midway through, can't do that against a more talented team, great run for the team though.
Fun to watch. Go Blue!
Ladies for making it this far, what an accomplishment
Well. That was still great to watch. How exciting.
I hate Texas.
The Michigan team did great. Will hurt for awhile but most of the team is back next year. Just keep your chins up team and you'll be back.
Keep your heads up and be proud. You accomplished a lot.
Great season ladies. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Go Blue! Hell of a run by our women.
This team made history. First time they made the Final 4.
Can't wait to see the banner at Keen next season. Did a quick sketch of what it will probably look like-
What an exciting match. For this team to make the Final 4 was a wonderful accomplishment.
fantastic run by the girls! I cannot wait to see what happens season.
Awesome season. Congratulations to the ladies on being the first Michigan volleyball team to make the final four.
I also really liked the Team 40 jacket that I saw there. It would be cool to see all of our sports adopt that, I think.
I remember when Michigan Volleyball was a niche sport on campus with a student section that grew from about five people in September to about fifty people at the end of the year. When t-shirts were an extravagence the AD had to think twice about. And when making it to the Sweet 16 to travel to State College and get trounced by PSU was something to celebrate.
The job Coach Rosen has done with this team, and with this program, is to be celebrated perhaps more than any other sport on campus. I can't believe the strides this team has made over the past decade, and I was proud to be able to sit in a bar far from Ann Arbor and ask the bartender to turn on a -women's volleyball game- so I could watch Michigan play.
Well done, ladies, and I hope next year is even better!
ladies, you got a lot further than anyone expected you to. Good year ladies
Great for M fans, and awesome for M fans daughters who need more of these female role models! My daughters loved it! Super proud to be a Wolverine!
Once, just ONCE I want to meet someone that said that they successfully Messed With Texas.
Fun sport. College women vb players are awesome athletes.
Last time I checked, Final Four appearances merit hanging a banner. Hanging banners is cool.
Congratulations ladies! Great season.