Oct. 23, 2013
The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team closes out the first half of the Big Ten slate this week with a pair of matches. The Wolverines will play their first midweek match of the season as the Maize and Blue heads to East Lansing, Mich., to take on in-state rival No. 10 Michigan State Wednesday night (Oct. 23) at 7 p.m., inside Jenison Field House. Michigan returns to Cliff Keen Arena on Saturday night (Oct. 26) for a 7 p.m. match against No. 21 Purdue in the only meeting between the two teams this season. This week, sophomore setter Carly Warner talks about the main difference between her freshman and sophomore years, her favorite volleyball moment at U-M and the one word she would use to describe the team.
Q: What's the biggest adjustment you've had to make from your freshman to sophomore years?
A: I would say living on my own for real. It's going from the dorms where they had food for you every day to living in a house where you have to cook for yourself, which is a big adjustment for me.
Q: What has been your favorite volleyball moment in your time at Michigan?
A: Definitely the Final Four. That was the best. It was really fun because it made the season longer and we got to spend more time together as a team. We had such good team chemistry and it was really fun being in that type of atmosphere with everyone.
Q: You and Ally Davis would run a lap around the celebration huddle after each of our NCAA Tournament wins last season. How did that start?
A: I think the Tennessee game was the first time we ran around. We were just getting so excited towards the end of the game that we said "Let's just do laps around the team as many times as we can." That started it and after that, we wanted to keep doing it because everyone thought it was so funny and they really liked it.
Q: How would you describe this year's team?
A: I guess we're fighters. Even though we only lost Claire (McElheny), I think it definitely changed the team dynamic with one person leaving and three coming in. Still, we are still willing to fight to find our culture, and fighting for Big Tens, and even fighting here in practice to stay together, even when we lose.
Q: How has it been to work with the other two setters (Lexi Dannemiller and Cindy Zhou) on the team?
A: I mean it's hard because we have to rotate so much, but it's also nice because you get to see Lexi play and how similar we are, and it's cool to see how Cindy has come in and been different, but still so good at the same time. It's cool to see another setter and work with each of them, and we get to play a lot of games during practice, so that part is fun.
Previous Q&A: Cindy Zhou & Gabbie Bulic (Oct. 17)