NCAA SECOND ROUND Michigan Volleyball vs. Oregon, 12/2/16

Trailing 1-0 after the first set with the season on the line, the No. 12-seeded University of Michigan volleyball team came from behind to pull off a gritty 3-1 win over Oregon (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17) inside Crisler Center on Friday evening (Dec. 2).

The Wolverines will now advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament and face off against Creighton.

Junior middle blocker Claire Kieffer-Wright led the way for Michigan offensively, recording a career-high 20 kills on the night at a career-high .720 attack average.

In addition to Kieffer-Wright's offensive success, senior Abby Cole added 11 kills on the night, while Carly Skjodt (9), Kelly Murphy (8), and Cori Crocker (7) added kills of their own to the mix. Guiding the Wolverine offense to success was sophomore setter Welsh, who totaled 43 assists in the victory.

Michigan finished the match with 15 team blocks for the first time since a Nov. 12 loss to Michigan State. Kieffer-Wright also led Michigan in blocks with seven on the night, while Crocker totaled six. Cole and Skjodt also added four apiece.

Michigan has come from behind three other times this season after dropping the first set, including a four-set win over Illinois at home in Cliff Keen Arena (Nov. 4).

For the sixth-straight match, sophomore libero Jenna Lerg led the Wolverines defensively, recording 12 digs. Murphy also added 11 for her fifth-career double-double.

With the victory, Michigan will advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 2012 and the fifth time in program history.

The Wolverines continue their NCAA Tournament run on Dec. 9 or 10 where they will face Creighton. The location of the match is still to be determined, as the highest seed remaining in the Texas region will host.

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