Aug 31, 2013
Site: Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center)
Event: Xavier Invitational
Score: #7 Michigan 3, Northern Kentucky 0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-23)
Records: U-M (3-0), NKU (0-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 6 -- vs. Oregon State - Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Head coach Mark Rosen earned his 500th career win and the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team hit above .300 for the third straight match as the Wolverines defeated Northern Kentucky in straight sets on Saturday (Aug. 31) inside the Cintas Center. Scores were 25-19, 25-14 and 25-23.
Rosen is now 500-214 in his 22nd season as a head coach at Northern Michigan, Cal State Bakersfield, Boise State and Michigan. He also has a 291-177 record in his 15th season at U-M and has led the Maize and Blue to 12 NCAA appearances, five regional semifinals, two regional finals and a national semifinal in 2012.
Senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) led U-M's offense with 16 kills in the three-set win. Classmate Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) added 11 kills and six digs, while freshman Gabbie Bulic (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) had nine kills and a .529 hitting percentage. Junior and Xavier Invitational Most Valuable Player Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 31 assists, while sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 10 digs.
U-M hit .342 in the match's first set, earning a 25-19 decision. An Erwin kill gave the Maize and Blue a 7-4 lead. A 7-1 run for U-M was capped by a Dannemiller kill, giving Michigan a 14-7 lead. A Toon termination made it 17-10. NKU came back to cut the lead to 18-16 on a Michigan attack error, but Erwin's kill extended the advantage to 22-17. Michigan closed out the set with a block from Dannemiller and sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet).
The Wolverines upped their hitting percentage to .400 in the second set in a 25-14 victory. A Toon kill put Michigan up early, 5-1. Bulic had a kill for an 8-2 advantage, forcing NKU to call timeout. Another Bulic kill made it 11-4 and a 6-0 run off Erwin's serve was capped by a block from Toon and senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate), putting U-M up 19-8. The Wolverines scored the set's final three points as kills from Toon and Bulic and an NKU error gave Michigan the 2-0 lead.
Michigan scored the third set's first five points, which included two service aces from senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount). U-M went ahead 11-4 on Dannemiller's ace, but NKU fought back to cut the Wolverines' lead to 12-10. Michigan never lost the lead in the set, but the Norse closed to within 21-20 on Jenna Ruble's kill. A Norse attack error and Morales service ace put U-M up three (23-20). Two more NKU points made it a one-point set again, but Bulic's kill set up match-point. After a Northern Kentucky kill, Erwin's kill ended the match and wrapped up the Xavier Invitational title.
U-M hit .343 for the match and committed just 11 errors in the three-set match. The Wolverines had six services aces, two each by Morales and Sabol.
Michigan returns to Ann Arbor for its home opener on Friday, Sept. 6, against Oregon State as part of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. That match will start at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.
N O T E S
Head coach Mark Rosen earned his 500th career win with today's victory over Northern Kentucky. His career record is now 500-214 in his 22nd season.
Rosen is the fourth active coach in the Big Ten with 500 career wins, joining Penn State's Russ Rose, Nebraska's John Cook and Michigan State's Cathy George.
Rosen's next milestone will occur after nine more wins. Rosen is 291-177 at Michigan in his 15th season.
Michigan ended the Xavier Invitational with a .339 hitting percentage in the three wins.
Junior Lexi Dannemiller was named the Most Valuable Player of the Xavier Invitational. It is her second tournament MVP of her career as she also earned the honor at the 2012 adidas/Michigan Challenge. Senior Jennifer Cross joined her on the Xavier Invitational all-tournament team.
Senior Lexi Erwin had 16 kills in the win over NKU. It is the 61st time she has had 10 or more kills in a match.
Sophomore Tiffany Morales had a team-high 10 digs and now has double-digit dig performances in 34 matches (12 consecutive dating back to last year).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On the play at the Xavier Invitational ... "I thought offensively we were really good. We're hitting numbers that are good no matter whom we are playing. We were very low error. Last night against Xavier, we had 17 errors in the entire match in every category and when you get under six a game that's very good. I thought defensively, we still can get a little better. We looked young still blocking and even in floor defense; it wasn't as good as I know it can be and expect it to be. We have areas to work on there, but it was a great start and a place for us to open the season and build from."
On his 500th career win ... "One of the coolest things is that it's about those people that won those matches, because I didn't win any of those matches from the standpoint of playing. We've had a great group of people throughout my career but certainly throughout our time here at Michigan. We've had really good players that have contributed hugely to this program. It's cool to think we've been here that long. When you think of a number like that, you think 'I'm old,' but it's cool to have been here for this long and seeing that many players come through and have success. It makes me proud, especially to do it at a place like Michigan."
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