Site: Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
Event: Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic
Score: Marquette 3, #23 Michigan 1 (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19)
Records: U-M (8-1), Marquette (6-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 8 -- vs. Eastern Illinois - Marquette Golden Eagle Classic (Milwaukee, Wis.), Noon CDT
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team fell to host Marquette on Friday night (Sept. 7) in the second match of the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic at the Al McGuire Center. Set scores were 25-17, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-19. The loss was Michigan's first of 2012.
Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 17 kills, while classmates Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) had 10 kills apiece. Erwin made it a double-double with 13 digs, while freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 17 digs. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 37 assists and eight digs and Cross led Michigan with five blocks.
Marquette raced out to 5-2 lead to start the match. Erwin had a back-row kill to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 5-4, but Marquette extended the lead to 11-8 on a Wolverine attack error and made it 16-10 on a kill, forcing Michigan to call timeout. The Golden Eagles then went on a 4-1 run, capped by a service ace. Michigan went on a late 3-0 run, but a Wolverine service error gave Marquette a 25-17 first-set win. The Golden Eagles hit .375 in set one, compared to .214 for the Maize and Blue.
In set two, back-to-back blocks and a service ace from Morales gave U-M an early 3-0 lead. Cross and Toon then combined for three kills to make it a 6-0 lead. Michigan built an 8-3 lead on a Cross kill, then led 10-5 on a Dannemiller termination. Marquette cut the lead to 13-10 on a kill, but three straight points from the Maize and Blue were capped by a Cross kill. Dannemiller's kill gave Michigan an 18-13 lead, but the Golden Eagles scored four straight to cut the Wolverine lead to just one, before freshman Krystalyn Goode's (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) solo block made it 22-19. After a Toon kill at 23-20, Marquette scored the final five points, as back-to-back kills from Lindsey Gosh gave the Golden Eagles a 2-0 advantage.
A Toon kill gave Michigan an early 3-1 advantage in the third set. The Golden Eagles rallied to tie the set at 8-all, but Michigan scored two of the next three points. At 13-all, Michigan got a Goode kill and a Marquette attack error. The same combination gave the Wolverines an 18-15 lead. Cross followed with a kill, but Marquette trimmed the advantage to 19-18. Michigan then scored four straight, capped by a block from Cross and Dannemiller. Michigan ended the set with an Erwin kill at 25-21.
Marquette scored the first three points to start the fourth set, but Michigan answered with a 6-0 run, capped by an Erwin kill. The Golden Eagles rallied to tie the set at eight, then took a 12-10 lead on a block, forcing the Maize and Blue to call time. Michigan took a 14-13 lead on back-to-back kills from Erwin, but Marquette scored the next four points to go up by three midway through the set. A Golden Eagle block made it 22-16 and a U-M block error put Marquette up 24-18. Marquette ended the match on an Erin Lehman kill.
Michigan had a .179 hitting percentage for the match and seven total blocks. Marquette hit .247 and had 60 kills on the night.
Michigan wraps up action in the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic on Saturday (Sept. 8). The Wolverines face Eastern Illinois at noon and 25th-ranked Northern Iowa at 5 p.m.
N O T E S
Lexi Erwin earned her fourth double-double of the season and 13th of her career. Erwin had 17 kills and 13 digs.
Michigan had its 29-match regular-season non-conference winning streak snapped in the Marquette loss. The last regular-season non-conference loss by the Wolverines occurred on Aug. 28, 2010, in a 3-2 loss at Toledo.
Michigan now owns a 4-1 series advantage on Marquette in the two team's first meeting since 2009.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423