Hunt, Cross Help Michigan Coast Past Eagles

Sept. 4, 2010

Box Score

Site: Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
Event: Active Ankle Challenge
Score: #19 Michigan 3, Florida Gulf Coast 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-17)
Records: U-M (4-1), Florida Gulf Coast (2-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 4 -- at Oregon State - Active Ankle Challenge (Corvallis, Ore.), 7:30 p.m. PDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team hit .420 as a team with only 10 errors to sweep Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-17), on Saturday morning (Sept. 4) at the Active Ankle Challenge in Gill Coliseum.

The Wolverines racked up 44 kills on 81 attempts while limiting Florida Gulf Coast to a .013 attack percentage. Junior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) once again led the Wolverine attack, racking up 11 kills, five service aces and two blocks, while freshman Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) and junior Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) each had eight kills. Senior Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) had 32 assists to move into second all-time on the career list to go along with eight digs and five blocks in the three-set win.

The Maize and Blue jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, keeping a lead of at least four points throughout in the opening set. Michigan hit .526 in the first frame, committing only two attack errors, with Cross leading the way with four kills on five attempts.

Momentum carried over into the second set as Michigan never trailed en route to a 25-13 victory that was sealed off by a Hunt ace on the back line. Fletcher, in her first action of the match, led the way with six kills, two blocks and a service ace.

The Eagles took their first lead of the match in the third set, before Michigan went on a five-point spurt to take a 10-7 lead and force a FGCU timeout. U-M did not look back after regaining the lead, eventually winning 25-17 to take the match.

Michigan will take on host Oregon State tonight at 7:30 p.m. PDT to conclude the Active Ankle Challenge.


Lexi Zimmerman recorded assist number 4,763 on a dish to Jennifer Cross in the first set and moved past Lisa Gamalski (2001-04) into second on the career list. She now has 4,792 in her career, needing 281 to hold the all-time mark.

• The Wolverines used a different starting lineup for the fifth consecutive match. Brittany Lee earned her first career start. Lexi Zimmerman, Alex Hunt and Sloane Donhoff are the only Wolverines to start all five matches.

• All 14 Wolverines on the bench saw action.

Alex Hunt has led U-M in kills and reached double-digits in all five matches.

• Michigan had a season-high 10 service aces.

• It was the fourth sweep for Michigan this season. All four victories have been 3-0 wins.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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