UM eliminates Utah Tech, ends opening weekend 3-0

Michigan closed out the Lumberjack Classic with a perfect 3-0 record after beating Old Dominion, host Northern Arizona and Utah Tech.
» Kendall Murray had a career-high 21 eliminations and hit .514 throughout the game.
» Jess Mruzik won his second double-double of the season after 14 kills and 10 digs.

To place: Flagstaff, Arizona (Rolle Activity Center)

Score: Michigan 3, Utah Tech 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-9)

Recordings: UM (3-0), Utah Tech (2-1)

Next UM event: Friday, September 2 – vs. Toledo (Cliff Keen Arena), 12:30 p.m.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The University of Michigan volleyball team (3-0) rallied from a first-set loss to win back-to-back sets and clinch a 3-1 win over Utah Tech on Saturday afternoon (27 August) at the Rolle Activity Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Kendall Murray led all players with 21 eliminations and finished the game with a .514 clip. Amber Beals and Hannah Grant led the Wolverines in digs with 14 apiece.

In a scathing first set, Michigan couldn’t keep up with the Trailblazers (2-1) despite Murray’s eight kills. The opening set saw seven ties and two lead changes as Utah Tech took a 1-0 lead in the game with a 25-20 first-set win.

UM took an early five-point lead in the second set before Utah Tech tied things at 12 after a 6-1 run. Neither team maintained a lead from there until a 7-1 run at the hands of jesse robinson, Jess Mruzik and May Pertofsky pushed the Wolverines past the Trailblazers, 25-20, in the second set.

The first 15 points in the third set were a back-and-forth affair. With Grant on the service line, however, Michigan went on a 4-0 run and took an 18-14 lead, forcing the Trailblazers to call a timeout. The final six points featured an attack from sideouts, including a tip kill by Jacques Boney and a Murray slam to force a 25-20 victory in the third set.

It was all of Michigan in the final set with Brooke Humphrey and Murray at the service line delivering a 7-1 run right out of the gate. On the attacking front, Murray had five kills while Mruzik recorded four. Mruzik served the Wolverines in the final six points to help Michigan to a 25-9 victory in the fourth set and win the match, 3-1.

The Wolverines beat the Trailblazers in the game, .321 to .135 while finishing with more blocks (4-3), kills (61-37), assists (59-33) and diggers (58-49.).

In addition to Murray’s game-leading 21 eliminations, Mruzik had 14 eliminations and Robinson had 11 eliminations. Mruzik also added 10 digs for his second double-double of the season.

Michigan finished the Lumberjack Classic with a perfect 3-0 record. The Wolverines beat Old Dominion in the season opener on Friday August 26 and followed that same night with a victory over northern hosts Arizona before eliminating Utah Tech in the final game of the tournament.

UM will host Toledo on Friday, September 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wolverines home opener. The weekend will feature matches between Michigan, Toledo, Morehead State and Loyola Chicago as part of the Michigan Invitational.