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Michigan volleyball’s NCAA Tournament run ends in Sweet 16

Michigan’s season came to an end Friday in an NCAA Tournament regional volleyball semifinal against No. 5 Texas at Brigham Young University.

The Wolverines, making their seventh appearance in the Sweet 16, lost in four games to the Big 12 champion Longhorns, with two of them being decided by just two points.

Texas (22-4) scored 12 of the final 15 points to win the fourth set and advance to the regional final to face the winner of Florida and BYU on Saturday.

It also had to come back against the Wolverines (24-9) in the third set. The Longhorns trailed 22-19 but went on a 4-1 run to tie the game. Michigan had four opportunities to win the set but couldn’t finish off Texas, which went on to win 29-27.

The Wolverines, who reached the Sweet 16 by knocking off Navy 3-0 and No. 12 Pittsburgh 3-2, were the team that rallied back from a 23-19 deficit in the second game to win 29-27.

Texas standout outside hitter Micaya White was injured late in the game but returned for the third set. She finished with a match-high 21 kills.

Michigan, one of six Big Ten teams in the Sweet 16, got off to a rocky start in the first game, with Texas scoring the first 10 points and going on to win 25-10.

Senior Carly Skojdt led the Wolverines with 16 kills, while freshman Paige Jones had 12. Junior setter Mackenzi Welsh had 40 assists, while senior Jenna Lerg had a team-high 17 digs.

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