Sept. 4, 2010
Site: Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
Event: Active Ankle Challenge
Score: #19 Michigan 3, Oregon State 1 (26-24, 19-25, 35-33, 26-24)
Records: U-M (5-1), Oregon State (3-4)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 10 -- vs. Youngstown State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team won a marathon third set, 35-33, and came back from a 17-10 fourth-set deficit to knock off Oregon State, 3-1 (26-24, 19-25, 35-33, 26-24), in the final match of the Active Ankle Challenge on Saturday evening (Sept. 4) at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.
Junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) recorded her second 20-kill performance of the season, notching 22 terminations, 13 digs, three service aces and three blocks. Senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) just missed out on her second career triple-double, tallying 40 assists, 13 digs and eight kills. Junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) anchored the defense with 15 digs. Hunt was named to the all-tournament team and Zimmerman earned Most Valuable Player.
In the fourth and deciding set, Michigan fought back from a 17-10 deficit, scoring 12 of the next 15 points for a 22-20 lead. OSU tied the set at 22-all and then again at 24-all, but a block by junior middle blocker Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) and redshirt sophomore right side Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) followed by a block from freshman outside hitter Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) secured a 26-24 win.
Down 22-20 in the third, U-M ripped off three consecutive points to take a 23-22 lead and force an OSU timeout. The set was far from over, as neither team could capitalize on nine different set points. Michigan finally came through with two points in a row, using a McElheny kill and an OSU bad set to seal a 35-33 win in a set that saw 20 tie scores and 10 lead changes.
The Wolverines came out slow in the first set but climbed back in to take their first lead at 9-8. Neither team built an advantage larger than two points the rest of the way, with U-M taking set point at 24-22. OSU reeled off two straight points to knot the set, but back-to-back kills from redshirt junior middle blocker Karlee Bruck (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) and Hunt gave U-M a 26-24 first-set win.
Oregon State regrouped to take the second set, 25-19. With the set tied at 14-14, OSU went on a four-point spurt that put the Beavers in control to tie the match at intermission.
The Wolverines will make their 2010 Cliff Keen Arena debut next weekend (Fri-Sat., Sept. 10-11), hosting the Michigan/adidas Invitational. First up for the Wolverines is Youngstown State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. U-M has a double-dip for the second straight Saturday, taking on Chicago State (1:30 p.m.) and Miami (7:30 p.m.).
The starting lineup of Jennifer Cross, Sloane Donhoff, Karlee Bruck, Alex Hunt, Ally Sabol, Brittany Lee and Lexi Zimmerman was the same lineup as the morning match against Florida Gulf Coast. It is the first time this year that the same lineup has been used in consecutive matches.
Alex Hunt hit double digits in kills for the sixth time this season and for the eighth consecutive match, dating back to last season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On winning the marathon third set ... "We found a way to win tonight. That third set really gave us an opportunity to learn, especially with it going back and forth deuce for so long. We can't create that kind of environment in practice or training, so we have to learn by playing it in a match. It makes you stronger when you go through that, and we were lucky enough to come out on the right end of it."
On coming back from two big fourth-set deficits ... "I think that both teams are pretty young. Some of that was on them for coughing up a big lead, but we stayed composed. They put a lot more pressure on us than Toledo did last weekend, but the difference this time was that we stayed calm. We were much more poised and have grown in that aspect since last weekend against Toledo."
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