Sept. 12, 2013
The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team, fresh off a two-match sweep of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, heads to the Lone Star State for the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14. The Wolverines open the tournament Friday morning against Siena at 11 a.m. CDT. The Maize and Blue then faces host Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CDT and wraps up the tournament on Saturday morning against No. 16 Florida State at 11 a.m. CDT. This week, senior outside hitter Lexi Erwin talks about the atmosphere this past weekend, the success of the U-M offense and the trip to her home state.
Q: What have been the keys to the hot start on offense (Michigan leads the Big Ten in kills per set and is second in hitting percentage)?
A: I think a lot of it has to do with our defense in practice. It's just been very competitive, and it's caused the hitters to figure out different shots, run different plays, so that in a game it seems a lot easier because they [the opponent] don't know what we are going to do.
Q: What did you think of the atmosphere last weekend at the matches and at the football game?
A: It was such a fun weekend; I'm so glad recruits got to be here to see what they are going to be coming to. It was just a great weekend for Michigan overall. I'm glad we got to be a part of that and get some wins as well as watch our football team win; it was one of the coolest weekends since I've been here.
Q: How cool is it to see the banner from last year's Final Four run?
A: It's really cool. We also have these little mini banners, and those are cool, but it's just awesome to remember and reflect back on a great year.
Q: It's your fourth year with this class (Molly Toon, Jennifer Cross, Ally Sabol, Brittany Lee). How has your chemistry with the senior class helped the team?
A: It's definitely helped. It has helped with our honesty with each other, knowing that no matter what, at the end of the day we have each other's backs. We also are all trying to win, so when things get stressful, or when there are pressure situations, we know how to help each other out just because of the relationships we have off the court.
Q: How excited are you to go back to Texas and play in your home state this weekend?
A: I'm really excited. I think it will be cool. A lot of my high school friends go to A&M. My whole family gets to go, so that will be really cool to have them see me in my home state.
Previous Q&A: Tiffany Morales (Sept. 5)