Sept. 3, 2010
Site: Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
Event: Active Ankle Challenge
Score: #19 Michigan 3, UNLV 0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-14)
Records: U-M (3-1), UNLV (1-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 4 -- vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Corvallis, Ore.), 10 a.m. PDT
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack to sweep UNLV, 26-24, 25-18, 25-14, in the opening match of the Active Ankle Challenge on Friday afternoon (Sept. 3) at Gill Coliseum.
Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) and junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) each notched 11 kills, while freshman outside hitter Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had nine to key the offense. Hunt and junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) each reached double digits in digs (11), while senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) contributed 30 assists, six digs, six kills and three blocks.
U-M struggled to start the match, falling in a 14-9 hole in the first set. Michigan slowly climbed out, taking its first lead since 1-0 at 22-21. The Wolverines then won the set off a Cross kill that rolled off the net. Every front-row hitter tallied at least three kills in the 26-24, first-set victory.
With the second set tied at 9-9, the Wolverines took control with three consecutive kills from Erwin and a slide kill from Cross. U-M followed with 12 of the next 19 points for the 25-17 triumph.
U-M once again fell behind early in the final set, facing a 5-1 deficit. The Wolverines regrouped, however, tying the set at 8-8 before going on a decisive 17-6 run to end the match with a 25-14 victory.
The Wolverines will hit the court for two matches tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 4) to conclude the Active Ankle Challenge. First up is Florida Gulf Coast at 10 a.m. PDT, followed by host Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. PDT.
Jennifer Cross recorded double-digit kills for the first time in her career.
Alex Hunt recorded her second consecutive double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. She has led the Wolverines in kills in all four matches this season.
Lexi Zimmerman needs three more assists to move into second place on the all-time list. After her 30 assists this afternoon, she has 4,760 in her career. Lisa Gamalski is in second place with 4,762.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On starting a little slow in set one ... "In game one, we started out and our effort was not there. That really set the tone at the beginning, and that is not the type of tone we want to set. They were getting easy side outs and easy points. We were not in a flow. I think that we really picked up our effort and that is how we were able to turn it around in that first set."
On the team's play overall ... "We are still trying to figure out our lineup and each other out on the floor. We are still learning the game and learning each other this early in the season. I think that sometimes the expectations are a little too high for this group, so when things are not going perfectly, we tense up. Then the learning stops. I think that in games two and three, we started see people make decisions and just go out there and play. The learning is occurring, but we still have a lot to do to be the team that we can be."
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