Site: Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
Event: Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic
Score: #23 Michigan 3, Eastern Illinois 0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-20)
Records: U-M (9-1), EIU (3-6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 8 -- vs. Northern Iowa - Marquette Golden Eagle Classic (Milwaukee, Wis.), 5 p.m. CDT
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team used a .346 hitting percentage and 11 kills from junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) to sweep Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 8) on day two of the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic at the Al McGuire Center. Set scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 25-20.
Cross had 11 kills and just one error while adding four total blocks in the win over the Panthers. Freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) added nine kills, while classmate Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 10 digs. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 34 assists in the three-set win and added eight digs.
Michigan jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set on a Cross kill. A termination from junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) made it 9-4 Wolverines. A 4-0 mini run was fueled by two kills and a block from Cross, giving the Maize and Blue a 14-6 advantage. Michigan extended the lead to double digits (19-9) on a kill from freshman Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and took a 23-12 lead on a block assist from Goode and junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park). Michigan closed out the set on a ball-handling and attack error from EIU. Michigan hit .407 in that first set.
Eastern Illinois got out to a 5-2 lead in the second set, but the Wolverines took an 8-7 lead on back-to-back Panther errors. There were seven ties in the second set, the last at 13-all. Michigan scored five of the next six points after that tie, capped by a Cross service ace and a Panther error. Michigan scored the final four points of the set as an assisted block from Goode and Toon gave the Maize and Blue the 2-0 lead.
The first half of the third set was tight as there were 11 ties, the latest at 12-all on a Cross kill. Michigan extended the lead to 14-12 on a Toon termination. An Erwin service ace and an EIU ball-handling error gave U-M a 17-13 advantage. Murphy's kill made it 19-14 Wolverines and a solo block from Goode put Michigan up 22-17. Michigan ended the match on an Erwin kill at 25-20.
The Maize and Blue held Eastern Illinois to a .034 hitting percentage. Michigan also had 36 digs a team, compared to 26 for EIU. There were a combined 20 service errors in the match.
Michigan faces No. 25 Northern Iowa later today at 5 p.m. CDT to wrap up play at the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic.
N O T E S
Jennifer Cross led Michigan with 11 kills. It is her second straight match with a double-digit kill performance. She had 10 kills against Marquette Friday night.
This was the first-ever meeting between Michigan and Eastern Illinois.
Tiffany Morales has now been in double figures in digs six times this season. She had 10 in the Eastern Illinois win.
Cross now had 286 total blocks in her Michigan career after having four, including a solo block, in the Eastern Illinois win.
Michigan is now 6-0 in three-set matches this season, including 2-0 in the Golden Eagle Classic.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423