Michigan Wolverines women's volleyball

Michigan Wolverines women's volleyball
University University of Michigan
Conference Big Ten
Location Ann Arbor, MI
Head coach Mark Rosen (15th year)
Home arena Cliff Keen Arena (Capacity: 1,800)
Nickname Wolverines
Colors Maize and Blue[1]
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2009, 2013
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances
1981, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference Regular Season Champions

The Michigan Wolverines women's volleyball team represents the University of Michigan in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I competition. The women's volleyball program at the University of Michigan began in 1973. Mark Rosen has been the coach since 1999. The team plays its home matches at Cliff Keen Arena.


Vong years (1973–1983)

Michigan vs. Ohio State, 2011

Sandy Vong was the first head coach of the Michigan Wolverines women's volleyball program. He held the position for 11 years from 1973 to 1983. Vong's 1981 team compiled a 40-17 record, captured the school's first Big Ten Conference volleyball championship, won the AIAW Regional Championship, and finished in eighth place at the AIAW National Championship.[2][3][4]

Three coaches (1984–1991)

During the eight years from 1984 to 1991, the Michigan women's volleyball program had three head coaches: Barb Canning (1984-1985), Joyce Davis (1986-1989), and Peggy Bradley-Doppes (1990-1991). The team compiled a winning record in only one of those eight years, a 19-12 finish in 1991.[2][5]

Giovanazzi years (1992–1998)

In 1992, Peggy Bradley-Doppes stepped down as Michigan's head volleyball coach to focus on her duties as the school's women's athletic director. Greg Giovanazzi, a former All-American volleyball player at UCLA, was hired to replace her.[6] Giovanazzi led the team for seven years from 1992 to 1998.[2][7] The 1997 Michigan team reached the 20-win level for the first time since 1987 and was the subject of a profile in the Chicago Tribune indicating that the program was experiencing a renaissance.[8] The 1997 team ultimately compiled a 21-12 record, finished in third place in the Big Ten, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history.[2] The team lost to Texas A&M in the second round of the 1997 tournament.[9]

Interest in the sport at Michigan declined after the 1997 season, with average home attendance dropping to less than 600 during the 1998 season.[10] Giovanazzi was replaced as Michigan's head volleyball coach after the 1998 season.

Rosen years (1999–present)

Michigan vs. Oregon, 2013

Mark Rosen was hired as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines women's volleyball team in 1999. He had previously been a volleyball coach at Cal State Bakersfield (1992–93) and Northern Michigan University (1994-1998).[11] Since taking over the program, Rosen has led the Wolverines to national prominence. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of his first 14 years as head coach and have reached the 20-win level for seven consecutive years from 2006 to 2012.[2][11][12] Between 2006 and 2012, the team has compiled an overall record of 170-67 (.717).[2][12]

In 2008, Rosen broke Sandy Vong's team record for career wins at Michigan.[13] The 2008 team compiled a 26-9 record, marking the first time the team had reached 20 wins in three consecutive seasons.[14]

In 2009, Rosen's team compiled a 27-10 record,[12] defeated No. 4-ranked Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament,[15] and ultimately advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.[2]

In 2011, Michigan again defeated Sanford in the NCAA Tournament,[16] reaching the Round of 16.[2] In 2012, the team compiled a 27-12 record and advanced to the National Semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament.[12]

In June 2013, the Michigan women's volleyball team toured Argentina and Brazil and played 10 matches against local teams. The Wolverines compiled a 9-1 record on their South American tour. The final three matches were against the Brazilian Youth National Team, and Michigan won two of the three matches.[17]


Cliff Keen Arena as it appeared during the 2013 season

Since 1989, the team has played its home matches at Cliff Keen Arena located on Hoover Street in the school's athletic campus between the Administration Building and the Intramural Building.[18] The facility has a seating capacity of 1,800 and is also used by Michigan's men's gymnatics and wrestling teams. It was built in 1956 for the Michigan swimming and diving team and was known as the Matt Mann Pool from 1956 to 1988 and as Varsity Arena from 1988 to 1989.[18][19]

Coaching records

The Michigan women's volleyball team has had six head coaches since it was established in 1973. Their coaching records are as follows:[20]

# Name Years Seasons OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% Conf. Titles NCAA Berths
1 Sandy Vong 1973-1983 11 177 150 7 .540 7 19 0 .269 1 0
2 Barb Canning 1984-1985 2 29 34 0 .460 7 24 0 .226 0 0
3 Joyce Davis 1986-1989 4 50 83 0 .376 8 64 0 .111 0 0
4 Peggy Bradley-Doppes 1990-1991 2 25 37 0 .403 12 26 0 .316 0 0
5 Greg Giovanazzi 1992-1998 7 104 116 0 .473 59 81 0 .421 0 1
6 Mark Rosen 1999-2012 14 288 177 0 .619 135 145 0 .482 0 12
Total 40 673 597 7 .530 228 359 0 .388 1 13

Notable players

AVCA All-Americans

In 2003, Erin Moore became the first Michigan volleyball player to be selected as an All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).[21] In 2009, Lexi Zimmerman became Michigan's first player to receive first-team All-America honors. In total, Michigan women's volleyball players have received All-American recognition from the AVCA 11 times.[22]

Big Ten Medal of Honor

Three Michigan women's volleyball players have won the Big Ten Medal of Honor.[23]

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

All-Big Ten

Eleven Michigan women's volleyball player have received All-Big Ten Conference recognition.[23]

Individual records

Michigan team records are based on the 2013 Michigan Volleyball Record Book.[24]


Attack attempts

Hitting percentage



Total blocks

Service aces

Matches played


  1. "Style Guide: Colors". Office of Global Communications, University of Michigan. 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "2013 Michigan Wolverines Volleyball Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  3. "#6 - MICHIGAN'S FIRST BIG TEN TITLE: Wolverines Win Big Ten Invitational Tournament (October 24, 1981)". Mgoblue.com. CBS Sports. July 19, 2007.
  4. Bob Wojnowski (September 9, 1982). "Spikers off best season". The Michigan Daily.
  5. Theodore Cox (September 22, 1999). "Michigan volleyball preview: Can they improve?". The Michigan Daily.
  6. Ryan Herrington (January 15, 1992). "Giovanzzi named to 'M' volleyball post". The Michigan Daily.
  7. Roderick Beard (October 25, 1994). "Michigan volleyball team needs a spark, consistency to be competitive in Big Ten race". The Michigan Daily.
  8. Scott Merkin (September 13, 1996). "McCaauley Grad Finds Herself at the Forefront of Michigan Volleyball's Renaissance". Chicago Tribune.
  9. Josh Kleinbaum (December 8, 1997). "Volleyball loses in NCAAs". The Michigan Daily.
  10. John Zemke (November 11, 1998). "Michigan volleyball crowds dwindle". The Michigan Daily.
  11. 1 2 "Mark Rosen Bio". University of Michigan. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  12. 1 2 3 4 "Annual Record Michigan Volleyball". Mgoblue.com. CBS Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  13. "UM's Rosen poised to break school mark for volleyball wins". MLive.com. October 10, 2008.
  14. Joe Slezak (November 9, 2008). "Michigan volleyball team earns 20th win". Mlive.com.
  15. Mark Burns (December 12, 2009). "Michigan volleyball team upsets No. 4 Stanford to advance to Elite Eight".
  16. "Michigan volleyball team tops Stanford to reach Sweet 16". The Detroit News. December 4, 2011.
  17. "Michigan Volleyball in South America". University of Michigan. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  18. 1 2 "Cliff Keen Arena". Mgoblue.com. CBS Sports.
  19. Rob Dean (October 2, 2002). "'M' volleyball ready to rock Cliff Keen". The Michigan Daily.
  20. "Head Coaching Records". University of Michigan.
  21. "Moore Becomes First Michigan Volleyball All-American". Mgoblue.com. CBS Sports. December 2003.
  22. 1 2 2013 Michigan Volleyball Record Book, p. 13.
  23. 1 2 2013 Michigan Volleyball Record Book, p. 14.
  24. 2013 Michigan Volleyball Record Book, pp. 2-6.
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