Michigan volleyball in Sweet 16 after 3-1 win at Stanford
Michigan is headed back to the Sweet 16 after upending the most decorated team in NCAA volleyball history late Saturday night.
The Wolverines beat Stanford 3-1 in front of 1,414 at the Cardinal’s Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif., in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Wolverines (22-12) will make their fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the past five years, facing Florida (26-5) Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
"I think it is a great testament to the players we have in our program. We saw some ups and downs this season and to be able to fight through it and play our best volleyball at the end of the year says a lot,” Michigan coach Mark Rosen told MGoBlue.com.
“I think it says a lot about the Big Ten. We play the best teams in the country week in and week out and that prepared us for matches like this."
The Wolverines are one of six Big Ten teams in the Sweet 16, joining Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Penn State and Minnesota.
Like its first-round win over Baylor on Friday, the Wolverines dropped the first set against Stanford (22-8) on Saturday before rallying for a 20-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20 win.
Senior Claire McElheny had a match-high 18 kills and senior Alex Hunt put together a double-double of 17 kills and 13 digs. Freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller had 44 assists, 11 digs and five of Michigan’s 12 aces.
It’s not the first time the Wolverines have traveled to California and upset Stanford, which has won more NCAA titles (6) and made more Final Four appearances (18) than any other program in the nation.
The Wolverines earned the first Elite Eight spot in program history with a win over the No. 4-ranked Cardinal in 2009. Hunt, then a sophomore, had 18 kills and 14 digs in that win.