Aug. 24, 2012
Site: Columbia, Mo. (Hearnes Center)
Event: Tiger Invitational
Score: #23 Michigan 3, North Florida 1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18)
Records: U-M (2-0), UNF (0-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, August 25 -- vs. Virginia Tech - Tiger Invitational (Columbia, Mo.), 2:30 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) tied a career high with 23 kills and was one of four Wolverines with double-digit terminations as the 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team defeated North Florida, 3-1, Friday afternoon (Aug. 24) in the Tiger Invitational at the Hearnes Center. Game scores were 25-17, 19-25, 25-20 and 25-18.
Erwin, who also had 23 kills against Minnesota on Oct. 7, 2011, was one dig away from a double-double with nine and added three blocks. Junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) had 11 kills, while freshman Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) had 10 kills apiece. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 50 assists, her 13th 50-plus assist match in her career, while freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had a team-high 15 digs.
Michigan used a .323 hitting percentage and defense to the tune of 17 digs to take the first set. The Wolverines jumped out to a 6-2 on five straight U-M kills. North Florida cut that lead to 10-9, but the Wolverines answered with a 6-1 run, capped off by a Cross kill. Michigan then scored the last six points of the set as a Morales ace and Davis kill highlighted that run.
North Florida used a late run to take the second set and tie the match. There were 10 ties and six lead changes in that second set, the last tie coming at 19-all on an Erwin kill. North Florida scored the last six points as back-to-back U-M attack errors closed it out to tie the match.
The third set was tied at five, but Michigan took the lead for good on a Toon kill. The Maize and Blue made it 12-7 on another Toon kill and led 15-9 on an assisted block from Cross and Erwin, who had four kills in that set, the final one giving U-M a 19-13 lead. North Florida went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 21-18, but two UNF attack errors surrounding a Davis kill gave Michigan the 2-1 match advantage.
Michigan and North Florida traded points in the beginning of the fourth set. U-M had an 8-5 lead after a Dannemiller kill, but UNF came back to take an 11-10 advantage. North Florida led as late as 15-14, but four straight points by the Wolverines gave them a lead for good. An Erwin kill, her seventh of the set, and two Osprey attack errors made it 22-17. Michigan ended the match on two Cross kills and an attack error. The Wolverines ended the fourth set with a scorching .600 hitting percentage and had just one attack error in the set.
Michigan hit .336 for the match, its second plus-.300 match of the day. The Wolverines outdug the Ospreys, 45-37, and had nine service aces, four of them coming from Morales.
The Wolverines will have two more matches in the Tiger Invitational on Saturday (Aug. 25). The Maize and Blue will face Virginia Tech at 2:30 p.m. CDT and host Missouri at 7 p.m. CDT.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423