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Senior Sarah Behnke and junior Katrina Lehman leap to block an attempted Ohio State spike. Lehman led the Wolverines with seven blocks against the Buckeyes. photo by Naomi Trager Members of the volleyball team celebrate a 15-13 first set victory over Ohio State. After a tough first set, the Wolverines cruised to a straight set win over the Buckeyes, photo by Naomi Trager In the opening moments af a match, senior Sarah Behnke gets down to dig a ball. Behnke was thrid on the team in digs and led the Wolverines in kills on the season, photo by Naomi Trager Sports
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Bumping through we Competition The Wolverine volleyball squad entered the season with high hopes for the veteran team. The Maize and Blue returned five of six starters from the 1 999 team that enjoyed one of the best seasons in the program ' s history. The Wolverines stormed into the season ranked within the pre-season top twenty-five for the first time in the program ' s history. The Wolverines seemed to be ready to fulfill the expectations set by the pre-season polls when they opened the season by winning eight of their first nine matches. However, the team could not maintain the momentum of their first ten matches throughout the season. The Wolverines torrid start was tempered by a lackluster mid-season performance. In the middle of October the team went on a four game conference losing streak. Losses against Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State and Indiana seemed ready to topple the season. November, however, saw the team turn the season around again, as the Wolverines won their first three games of that month against Illinois, Michigan State, and Ohio State, respectively. The streaky season was a result of having a very difficult schedule. Of their first 31 matches, 20 were against teams that participated in the 1999 NCAA National Championship Tourna- ment. Despite the extremely difficult schedule the team still man- aged to finish the season well above the .500 mark. The Wolverines were led by fifth year senior Sarah Behnke and senior Shannon Melka; the pair were returning captains from the 1 999 squad. When healthy, Behnke had been a consistent starter for the Wolverines since her freshman year. Behnke entered the season needing 483 kills to break former teammate Karen Chase ' s school record of 1261. Melka led the 1999 squad with 1374 assists, the second highest tally in the program ' s history, by Jon Hammer and Caelan Jordan A Maize and Blue defender dives to dig a spike and save the point. Consistent hustle and leadership kept the Wolverines in NCAA tournament contention all season long, photo by Naomi Trager The ^(Ffn) l?(^ ^ c 91 :rv v3 ^s u . Maryland ^ > c=y 3-0 1014 at Wisconsin 0-3 92 Sacremento State 3-0 1018 Notre Dame 3-0 92 at Pacific 0-3 1020 Iowa 2-3 98 Northern Illinois 3-0 1021 Minnesota 0-3 98 New Mexico 3-0 1027 at Penn State 0-3 99 South Carolina 3-0 1028 at Indiana 1-3 915 Houston 3-2 113 Purdue 3-0 916 Virginia 3-0 114 Illinois 3-0 916 at Arkansas 3-0 118 Michigan State 3-2 920 at Michigan State 2-3 1110 Ohio State 3-0 924 at Ohio State 1-3 1117 at Minnesota 0-3 926 Toledo 3-0 1118 at Iowa 1-3 929 at Illinois 3-0 1124 Wisconsin 0-3 930 at Purdue 1-3 1125 Northwestern 3-1 106 Indiana 3-2 NCAA 1st 2nd Round 107 Penn State 2-3 1130 Louisville 3-1 1013 at Northwestern 3-2 121 at Arizona 0-3 Overall Record: 19-14 Big Ten: 8-12 170 Volleyball
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True freshman Corrie Kenagy waits in front of the goal for a pass from her teammate. The first-year varsity squad included 14 freshmen and only 1 1 upperclassmen. photo courtesy of the Michigan Daily Scanning the water for an open teammate, Kristin Bloomtroms swims backwards with the ball. Despite the infancy of the program, the Wolverines won six of their first seven games, photo courtesy of the Michigan Daily Water Polo
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