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?
Q: It seems like the team is a close-knit group on and off the court. Is that true?
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.
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.
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