Site: Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
Event: Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic
Score: #23 Michigan 3, Wake Forest 0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-18)
Records: U-M (8-0), Wake (3-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 7 -- at Marquette - Marquette Golden Eagle Classic (Milwaukee, Wis.), 7 p.m. CDT
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team opened the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-18 win over Wake Forest Friday afternoon (Sept. 7) at the Al McGuire Center.
Junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) led the U-M attack with 11 kills and a .562 hitting percentage. Freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) added nine kills and tied junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) with a team-high 11 digs. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 32 assists and freshman Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had five block assists.
Murphy had eight kills in the match's opening set as the Wolverines hit .531 and had no attack errors. Wake Forest built an early 5-2 lead, but a Murphy kill tied the set at six. Kills from Murphy and Toon helped Michigan to a four-point run, giving the Wolverines a 13-10 advantage. The Demon Deacons clawed back in the set and had it tied at late as 16-all. Michigan then scored eight of the next nine points as Murphy and Toon had three kills apiece in that run. U-M wrapped up the set, 25-18, on a Wake attack error.
Michigan had six blocks in the second set and withstood a late Wake Forest rally for the 26-24 win. U-M had three straight blocks to open the set, taking an early 3-1 lead. Wake came back to tie it at eight, but Michigan scored three of the next four points, capped by a Toon kill, to take a 12-9 advantage. Wake scored the next three points, before Michigan went on a 6-0 run off the serve of Sabol. Toon had a kill and two blocks in that run. Michigan built a 21-15 lead on a kill from junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and had a 23-16 advantage, but Wake climbed back into the set on an 8-0 spurt, forcing set point. A Wake Forest ball handling error tied the set at 24. Toon then registered a kill and Wake had a bad set to give the Wolverines the 2-0 match advantage.
The Maize and Blue came out in the third set and took an early 9-3 lead, capped by a kill from junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park). Dannemiller's kill made it 12-6 Michigan and back-to-back attack errors from the Demon Deacons gave the Wolverines a 15-8 advantage. Wake Forest got close at 18-17, but kills by Cross and Murphy and a service ace from freshman Lindsey Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) started a Wolverine rally. Michigan ended the match on kills from Goode and Toon for the straight set victory.
The Wolverines hit .211 in the match, compared to .064 for Wake Forest. U-M also outdug the Demon Deacons, 50-42. Michigan also had nine total blocks in the match.
Michigan faces host Marquette in its second match of the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic Friday night (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m. CDT.
N O T E S
Molly Toon had her seventh career double-digit kill performance and third of the season. Toon also was one block off her career high of five, which she set Sept. 1 against UMBC.
Kelly Murphy tied her career high with 11 digs. She also had 11 digs in the win over Virginia Tech on Aug. 25.
Krystalyn Goode tied her career high in blocks. She had five blocks in the win over Virginia Tech on Aug. 25.
Michigan now leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 2-0. U-M defeated Wake on Sept. 1, 2007, in the two team's first meeting.
Michigan has had an 8-0 start in seven of the last nine years, including last season in which Michigan started the season 13-0.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423