Murphy, Sabol Shine in Michigan's Three-Set Victory Over UMBC
Ally Sabol

Sept. 1, 2012

Box Score | Full Challenge Results

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.


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

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