Michigan volleyball swept by Florida in NCAA Sweet 16 match
The Michigan volleyball team’s postseason run was ended by hot-hitting Florida Friday night in front of its partisan crowd of 3,503 at the Stephen O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.
The No. 17-ranked Gators had 53 kills with just 10 errors in their straight-set win in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 match.
“Especially in the first two sets, I thought (Florida) played really clean, kind of attacked us and put us on our heels a little bit,” Michigan coach Mark Rosen said in a post-game press conference.
Michigan, which dropped its first set in tournament wins over Baylor and Stanford, couldn’t rally Friday after losing 25-21 in the first set. The Gators (27-5) dominated the second set, 25-13, before closing the match with a 27-25 win.
Senior Alex Hunt led Michigan (22-13) with 13 kills. Senior libero Sloane Donhoff had 11 digs, the only Wolverine in double figures.
Rosen said Michigan’s effort in the tightly contested third set was representative of the Wolverines’ season.
“I don't think I've had a team that has fought this hard and tried so hard to create something out of the season,” he said. “It didn't come easy. I'll remember how hard this team fought.”
Kelly Murphy had 17 kills and Tangerine Wiggs 14 kills for Florida, which will play Big Ten champion Illinois in an Elite Eight match on Saturday.