Michigan Pushes Past Georgia Tech, Wins Fifth Straight

Sept. 3, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Senior Abby Cole led Michigan with a .310 attack average on 16 kills, while also recording a career-high nine digs.
» Totaling a season-high 72 digs and 12 team blocks, Michigan held Georgia Tech to just a .094 attack average in the contest.
» All but one Michigan player recorded a dig in the contest, and every hitter recorded a kill.

Box Score

Site: Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum)
Event: K-State Invitational
Score: Michigan 3, Georgia Tech 1 (25-16, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22)
Records: U-M (5-0), GT (4-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 3 -- vs. Tennessee State (Manhattan, Kan.), 5: p.m. CDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team picked up a 3-1 victory (25-16, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22) over Georgia Tech in the Wolverines' second match of the K-State Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 3) at Bramlage Coliseum. The victory marked Michigan's fifth straight to begin the 2016 season.

The match began with Georgia Tech taking the first two points before the Yellow Jackets committed an attack error to put the Wolverines on the board. The following kill from senior Abby Cole then tied the score, and the Yellow Jackets were forced to play catchup. With the score tied at 5-5, a kill from senior Kelly Murphy and another Georgia Tech error put the Wolverines up by two; a lead that they refused to surrender. A five-point lead at 15-10 forced a Georgia Tech timeout, but Michigan charged on from there. Led by four kills from Murphy, every Wolverine hitter recorded a kill in the first set as Michigan took home a 25-16 set victory.

A service ace by the Yellow Jackets put Michigan behind early in the second set, but a Georgia Tech service error quickly tied the score. The Wolverines gained momentum on a kill from Cole and numerous Georgia Tech errors, but a four-point run turned the tables and gave the Yellow Jackets a 6-4 lead. Despite trailing, however, numerous Georgia Tech errors and two Michigan service aces allowed the Wolverines to regain the lead at 9-7 and force a Yellow Jacket timeout. Following the stoppage in play, Michigan executed a 6-1 run that resulted in yet another timeout from Georgia Tech at 16-8. From there, the Wolverines cruised ahead to a 25-17 second set let.

Armed with a 2-0 lead, the Wolverines took the first point of the third set, but Georgia Tech refused to surrender. The Yellow Jackets pressed on to take a four-point lead, but Michigan settled in, tying the score at 8-8. Despite the run, however, Georgia Tech held the Wolverines to just a .140 attack average in the set, taking it by a 25-19 score.

Still up 2-1 in the match, Murphy, Cole, junior Claire Kieffer-Wright and sophomore Carly Skjodt began the fourth set with one kill apiece to take a 6-3 lead, forcing a Georgia Tech timeout. Skjodt and Cole continued to put the pressure on offensively, giving Michigan a 14-9 lead to coerce another Yellow Jacket timeout. Refusing defeat, Georgia Tech continued to battle, coming within one late in the set, before the Wolverines took the set and the match by a 25-22 score.

Cole led Michigan's offense in the 3-1 victory with a .310 attack average on 16 kills, just one off from her season high. Murphy and Kieffer-Wright followed with eight apiece, while Skjodt added seven.

Defensively, however, Michigan shined, totaling a season-high 72 digs and 12 team blocks. Sophomore libero Jenna Lerg led the charge with a season-high 23, while freshman Tiffany Clark added 10, and Murphy and Cole each nine. Cole's nine digs marked a career high.

The Wolverines will wrap up the K-State Invitational tonight when they take on Tennessee State in Michigan's final match of the tournament. First serve for the match is set for 5 p.m. CDT inside Bramlage Coliseum.

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