Aug. 25, 2012
Site: Columbia, Mo. (Hearnes Center)
Event: Tiger Invitational
Score: #23 Michigan 3, Missouri 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-22)
Records: U-M (4-0), Mizzou (3-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Aug. 31 -- vs. Central Michigan - adidas/Michigan Invitational (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team received 20 kills and 10 digs from junior and Tiger Invitational Most Valuable Player Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) as the Wolverines took a 3-0 decision (25-19, 25-15, 25-22) over host Missouri on Saturday night (Aug. 25) at the Hearnes Center. Michigan hit .339 for the match as the Wolverines won their eighth straight regular-season tournament title.
Erwin recorded her second double-double of the day as she had 10 digs to go along with the 20 kills. Freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had a game-high 20 digs, while sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) added 42 assists in three sets.
In the first set, Michigan raced out to a 5-3 lead on an Erwin kill, then after Missouri tied the set at five, rattled off five straight points, capped by back-to-back aces from freshman Lindsey Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy). Missouri came back to tie the set at 10, forcing Michigan to call a timeout. The Wolverines came out of the timeout and scored five straight points as an assisted block from junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) made it 15-10 Michigan. U-M built a 20-13 lead and made it 24-16 on a Dannemiller kill. Missouri cut the lead to 24-19, but a Tiger attack error gave the first set to the Maize and Blue.
Michigan scored the first four points of set two, the last on a Goode kill. Michigan went up 8-2 on a kill from fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf). Michigan built an eight-point lead (15-7) on McElheny's tip. At 20-13, Murphy scored Michigan's next three points on terminations. A block from Goode and McElheny and a Missouri attack error gave the Wolverines the 2-0 advantage. Michigan hit .378 in that set with only one attack error.
The Maize and Blue opened the third set with a 3-1 advantage after a service ace from McElheny. Missouri then scored six of the next eight points to take a 7-5 lead. Dannemiller's ace tied the score at seven, but the Tigers went on a three-point run, its largest lead of the set. Michigan retook the lead at 15-14 and Murphy's kill made it 18-16 Michigan. Missouri called timeout after an Erwin kill at 20-17. Missouri tied the set at 21, but Erwin came up huge at the end with a kill and two aces for a 24-21 U-M lead. Michigan closed out the match on a Murphy kill.
Michigan had 10 service aces on the night, led by Lerg with three. Erwin had a .475 hitting percentage, while McElheny came in at .474.
Michigan will open its home schedule with three matches in the adidas/Michigan Invitational. The Maize and Blue will face in-state foe Central Michigan this Friday (Aug. 31) at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423