Aug. 30, 2014
Site: Fayetteville, Ark. (Barnhill Arena)
Event: Arkansas Invitational (Day 2)
Score: Arkansas 3, Michigan 2 (17-25, 25-23, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11)
Records: U-M (2-1), ARK (3-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 5 -- vs. Duke - Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Sophomore Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) had 16 kills, and junior Tiffany Morales (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) added 21 digs, but the University of Michigan volleyball team fell to Arkansas in five sets (17-25, 25-23, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11) Saturday night (Aug. 30) in the final match of the Arkansas Invitational inside Barnhill Arena.
Cole was joined by freshman Adeja Lambert (Rockford, Ill./Keith Country Day) in double figures in kills; Lambert had 11 terminations. Freshman Caroline Knop (Pasadena, Calif./LaSalle) had a career-high 16 digs to go along with seven kills and three service aces. Junior Carly Warner (Naperville, Ill./St. Francis) had 45 assists and 12 digs, while junior Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had four blocks.
For the third straight match, Michigan started strong out of the gate. The Wolverines went up 4-1 on a Cole kill and 8-3 after a service ace from Knop. Back-to-back Lambert kills gave Michigan a 12-3 advantage. Warner won the joust for a kill as the Maize and Blue took a 14-6 lead. Freshman Katherine Mahlke (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and Goode teamed up for a block to give U-M a 17-10 lead. Mahlke's kill made it 23-13 and after a mini-run from the Razorbacks, Goode ended the set with a kill for the 25-17 first-set victory.
In the second set, Lerg's ace gave Michigan an early 2-0 lead. Cole's kill put the Maize and Blue up 6-4. A Knop service ace followed by a Lambert kill put the Wolverines up 10-6 as Arkansas called a timeout. The Razorbacks cut Michigan's lead to 13-12 on back-to-back blocks but a Mahlke kill and Arkansas hitting error pushed the lead back to three points. Knop extended the lead to 17-13 with a kill. The Razorbacks cut the Michigan lead to 18-17 but a kill from Cole and a kill and service ace from Knop gave U-M the 21-17 advantage. Arkansas fought back to tie the set at 22 and then had set point at 24-23. A Wolverine hitting error gave the Razorbacks the win and tied up the match.
Arkansas led the entire third set, taking a 14-5 lead on a Meredith Hays kill and going up 18-6 on a Monica Bollinger ace. Mahlke's ace cut the lead to 20-9 but the Razorbacks closed out the set with an Ana Sofia Jusino termination. Michigan hit -.061 in the set with 10 errors.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the fourth set, but Michigan chipped away at that lead. The Wolverines tied the set at nine on an Arkansas error and knotted it at 12 with a Cole kill. Kills from Cole and Knop and a Razorback error gave Michigan a 15-13 lead. Michigan took a 20-17 lead on a bad set from the Razorbacks and went up 22-18 after Goode's termination. Goode and Mahlke combined on a block for set point, where Knop's kill moved the match to a fifth set.
The Maize and Blue scored the first three points of the fifth and deciding set but Arkansas rallied to tie the set at four after a Michigan hitting error. Back-to-back service aces gave Arkansas a 7-5 lead but Goode's kill tied the set at seven. A Wolverine hitting error put Arkansas ahead 10-8. A kill by Danielle Harbin made it 13-10 Razorbacks. Blocks from Mahlke and Goode cut that lead to two, but a solo block by Arkansas ends the match.
Michigan will open the home portion of its schedule this Friday night (Sept. 5) against Duke on the first day of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. First serve at Cliff Keen Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert