Five Questions with: Defensive Specialist Ally Sabol
Ally Sabol

Oct. 30, 2013

The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team opens the second half of Big Ten Conference play this weekend with a pair of matches inside Cliff Keen Arena. The Wolverines face No. 2 Penn State on Friday night (Nov. 1) at 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Audrey Flaugh on the call. The Maize and Blue then face Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Keen.

This week, senior defensive specialist Ally Sabol talks about her favorite volleyball moment at U-M, her 1,000th career dig and her favorite Halloween costume.

Q: What has been your favorite volleyball moment in your time at Michigan?
A: My favorite memory is definitely the Final Four because it was cool how well we were treated there, even though we weren't one of the most popular sports like basketball or football. It was really fun. Louisville was really cool too. It was around Christmas time so it was nice.

Q: If you had to describe this team in one word, what would it be and why?
A: "Family" because we're all really close. My class is really big, but we've stayed really close. And the sophomores and seniors are really close even though we have two big classes. Lexi Dannemiller is kind of part of our class because she doesn't really have a class to herself. And we're still getting to know the freshmen, but everyone is getting along really well.

Q: You recorded your 1,000 career dig Saturday night against Purdue. How special of an honor is that to you?
A: I had no idea until I saw Twitter. It's really cool. I don't really know what that means in the big scheme of things but it seems like a lot.

Q: It's your fourth year with this class. How has the chemistry within the senior class helped the team?
A: I think we all trust each other and know each other really well. We know what would bother someone, and we know not to do certain things. We know who the leaders are on the team and we know who we can ask questions to. For myself, I still go to Jen (Cross) to ask questions. I think we're a solid group that people can tell that we're close. It's easy for them to talk to us and I think we're pretty easy to talk to.

Q: Halloween is right around the corner. What has been your favorite Halloween costume and why?
A: I haven't thought about Halloween this year because we have a game the next day, but my favorite Halloween costume that I had was my sophomore year when Sloane (Donhoff), Lexi Erwin, Claire (McElheny) and I were Taco Bell hot sauce packets.

• Previous Q&A: Carly Warner (Oct. 23)

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