At the Net with Ally Sabol
Ally Sabol

Nov. 20, 2012

Michigan Volleyball Central

The Michigan volleyball Q&A series concludes with junior defensive specialist Ally Sabol. Sabol and the Wolverines close the 2012 regular season this week with a pair of road matches. The Maize and Blue travels to East Lansing, Mich., to face Michigan State on Wednesday night (Nov. 21) at 6:30 p.m. U-M then faces Ohio State on Friday (Nov. 23) at 7 p.m., at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Sabol, a Los Angeles, Calif., native, has played in 23 matches for the Wolverines this season, starting in four contests. She had a season-high 19 digs in the five-set upset of No. 4 Nebraska (Nov. 2) and recorded 18 digs against No. 1 Penn State (Oct. 20). Sabol is averaging 3.07 digs per set this season and 2.48 in her U-M career.

Q: What attracted you to the University of Michigan coming from Los Angeles?
A: I wanted to go to a big school and Michigan has a lot of tradition, which I really liked. Also, two girls from my high school (Stesha Selsky and Kerry Hance) went and played volleyball here, so I only heard good things about the program. That made me look at it closer and I really liked it when I came here.

Q: It seems like the team is a close-knit group on and off the court. Is that true?
A: Yeah, I think we are really close. Especially because this year we had a lot of freshmen and we get along with all of them really well. I think we just all get along really well.

Q: The Big Ten boasts some of the best volleyball in the country. What is it like to play that competition day in and day out?
A: I think the transition from high school to college volleyball, especially in the Big Ten, is cool knowing that you're playing against the best players in the country. Being a junior now, I'm more used to digging, especially from the hitters that are way stronger than in high school. With time, it gets easier.

Q: What is the part of your game that has improved the most since your freshman season?
A: I think my defense has become more consistent with how many digs I get a game. I'm also more used to the speed of the game.

Q: Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday. What Thanksgiving traditions did you have growing up?
A: Usually we go to my cousin's house and she has two really cute little kids. My mom's side of the family always goes over there. I haven't been home for Thanksgiving in a couple of years.


Food ... Burrito bowl

TV Show ... 30 Rock

Musical artist ... Sublime

Movie ... Bridesmaids

Vacation spot ... I went to St. Thomas last year with Claire.

Class at U-M ... It was probably my Bio 118 class AIDS and other diseases. I took it with Molly.

Past Q&As
Olivia Reed (Nov. 15)
Claire McElheny (Nov. 8)
Kelly Murphy (Oct. 31)
Lindsey Lerg (Oct. 27)
Lexi Dannemiller( Oct. 17)
Tiffany Morales (Oct. 11)
Molly Toon (Oct. 5)
Ally Davis (Sept. 27)
Brittany Lee (Sept. 20)
Carly Warner (Sept. 13)
Krystalyn Goode (Sept. 7)
Jennifer Cross (Aug. 30)
Lexi Erwin (Aug. 23)

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