Courtney Fletcher (No. 15)
Sept. 3, 2011
Site: Orem, Utah (Shurian Family Activity Center)
Event: La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational
Result: #24 Michigan 3, Santa Clara 1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13)
Records: U-M (5-0), Santa Clara (3-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 3 -- vs. Cal Poly - La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational (Orem, Utah), 4:30 p.m. MDT
OREM, Utah -- Led by a quartet of Wolverines with double-digit kills, the No. 24-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team dispatched of Santa Clara, 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13), in its second match of the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational on Saturday morning (Sept. 3) at the Shurian Family Activity Center.
Senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) led the offensive charge with 15 kills, with senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) right behind with 14. Senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) and sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) both put down 11, as U-M hit .438 for the match. Freshman Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) handed out 51 assists, with senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) recording 20 digs and sophomore Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) going for 12.
Tied at 11-all in the first, a slide kill from McElheny ignited a five-point spurt for Michigan, giving the Wolverines a 16-11 advantage. The Broncos responded with four quick points, closing the gap to a point, but a Michigan timeout followed by a Santa Clara service error kept the U-M cushion at two points. The Maize and Blue held the lead the rest of the way, coming away with a 25-21 win. McElheny (six) and Fletcher (five) combined for 11 kills as Michigan hit at a .289 clip.
Santa Clara scored the first point of the second set as the Broncos never trailed in the 25-20 win. The Wolverines closed the gap to a point twice but could never take the lead and hit the break tied at 1-1. SCU hit .394 in the second set compared to Michigan's .243, and the Wolverines did not record a block in the frame.
The Wolverines jumped out to a fast 9-4 advantage in the third set, using a five-point run after the set was tied at 4-4 to take control. Michigan, which hit .536 in the set with just one error, kept the lead throughout the rest of the set, using five kills from Erwin for the 25-15 win.
Michigan once again raced out to a fast start in the fourth set, taking a 10-6 lead to force a Santa Clara timeout. The Wolverines kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way, hitting .367, with freshman Lauren Teknipp (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian) ending the set with a kill on the outside for the 25-13 win.
U-M will wrap up the weekend later this afternoon against Cal Poly. Match time is slated for 4:30 p.m. MDT.
N O T E S
For the second straight match, Michigan used the starting lineup of Lexi Erwin, Lexi Dannemiller, Alex Hunt, Courtney Fletcher, Jennifer Cross, Claire McElheny and Sloane Donhoff at libero.
Michigan last put four in double-digit kills (Alex Hunt, Claire McElheny, Courtney Fletcher, Lexi Erwin) on Nov. 19, 2010.
Lexi Dannemiller recorded her first career match with at least 50 assists. Her previous high was 40, set last night against Utah Valley.
Ally Sabol recorded her first match of the season with at least 10 digs. It was the 11th time in her career she has gone for at least 10.
Freshman Lauren Teknipp recorded her first career kill.
Sloane Donhoff reached 20 digs for the 11th time in her career and the second time this season.
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