Sept. 1, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: adidas/Michigan Challenge
Score: #22 Michigan 3, UMBC 0 (25-9, 25-16, 26-24)
Records: U-M (6-0), UMBC (2-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 1 -- vs. Arkansas - adidas/Michigan Challenge (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 22nd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team opened day two of the adidas/Michigan Challenge with a three-set victory over UMBC Saturday morning (Sept. 1) in Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-9, 25-16 and 26-24.
Freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) led the Wolverine attack with 10 kills and had seven digs, while junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) added seven kills and five block assists. Junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had a team-high 14 digs, and sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) posted 21 assists and six digs.
Michigan used the serve of Sabol to take the first set over the Retrievers. The Wolverines went on an early 4-0 run off Sabol's serve, with the final point coming off a kill from Murphy for a 6-2 advantage. The Wolverines made it 10-4 on a Cross kill and built the lead to 14-7 on a kill by freshman Krystalyn Goode (River Falls, Wis./Nicolet). Michigan ended the set on an 8-0 run, again off Sabol's serve. The Wolverines clinched the set on a block by junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and Goode.
U-M got off to another hot start in the second set, as the Maize and Blue opened on an 8-2 run on Sabol's serve. UMBC cut the lead to 10-8, but a Goode kill gave the Wolverines a 13-8 advavntage. Senior/junior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) made it 17-11 on a service ace, and an ace by freshman Carly Warner (Naperville, Ill./St. Francis) gave Michigan a 21-13 lead. Michigan ended the second set on a kill from freshman Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and a Retriever attack error.
In the third set UMBC led by as many as five points at 13-8, but the Wolverines cut the lead to 15-13 on a Retriever attack error. Michigan tied the set at 18 on a UMBC error and took the lead at 25-24 on a Dannemiller kill. Murphy's 10th kill of the day ended the match.
Michigan had nine blocks and held the Retrievers to a -.010 hitting percentage, including -.156 in the first set.
Michigan will wrap up the adidas/Michigan Challenge tonight (Saturday, Sept. 1) against Arkansas. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
N O T E S
Kelly Murphy registered double-digit kills for the second time this season with her 10 terminations against UMBC. Murphy had 13 kills in the win over Virginia Tech (Aug. 25).
Michigan used its fifth different starting lineup in six matches, with junior Ally Sabol making her first start of the year at libero.
This was the first meeting between the Michigan and UMBC volleyball programs.
Michigan's third straight sweep makes the Wolverines 4-0 in three-set matches this season. U-M defeated Central Michigan in three sets last night.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423