Wolverines Upend Eastern Michigan in Three Sets

Sept. 9, 2009

Final Stats

Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Convocation Center)
Score: #7 Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0 (25-17, 25-11, 26-24)
Records: U-M (6-0), EMU (0-8)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 11-- vs. Fairfield (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 12:30 p.m.

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team cruised to a sweep of Eastern Michigan, 25-17, 25-11, 26-24, Wednesday (Sept. 9) at the Convocation Center. The Wolverines used a balanced offensive attack with eight different players registering kills for their sixth straight win to start the year.

Senior outside hitter Juliana Paz (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Iowa Western CC) led the Wolverines with 12 kills while sophomore outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) and senior right side Megan Bower (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) added eight and seven kills, respectively. Reigning Big Ten player of the week Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) tallied a match-high 36 assists while sophomore libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) added 16 digs.

Set three proved the closest of the three as EMU capitalized on Michigan miscues to build an early lead. After the Wolverines came back to take a 15-10 advantage, mistakes let the Eagles back in, as EMU regained a 17-16 lead and forced U-M into its first timeout of the night. The Eagles had U-M on the ropes up 24-22 before the Wolverines reeled off four straight points including the match winner by Hunt forthe 26-24 victory.

The first set started as a close affair with the teams holding a 9-9 tie until Zimmerman got hot from the service stripe, reeling off six straight points to put the Wolverines on top, 15-9. Michigan would not look back, using four kills apiece from Bower and Paz and 12 helpers from Zimmerman in the 25-17 win.

U-M raced out to a 12-2 lead in the second set and never looked back, holding EMU to just 11 points in a 25-11 victory. Junior/sophomore Jackie Nissen (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) -- in her first action since the 2007 campaign -- posted a set-high four kills along with Bower. The Maize and Blue hit .357 in the set while holding EMU to a -.034 clip.

The Wolverines will make their home debut Friday (Sept. 11) when they host the Michigan Challenge against Fairfield at 12:30 p.m. MGoBlue.com will carry live radio coverage of the match as well as live stats.


• Michigan improved its all-time mark against EMU to 29-15 and has won 10 of the last 11 including eight straight in the series.

• The Wolverines have won 46 straight matches against non-conference opponents in the regular season.

• Sophomore/freshman Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) made her U-M career debut and recorded her first career kill in set two Wednesday.

• Junior/sophomore Jackie Nissen returned to action after a 22-month layoff Wednesday. Nissen, who last appeared Nov. 5, 2007, versus Iowa, posted five kills.

• U-M held EMU to a opponent season-low 11 points in set two.The previous low for the Wolverine defense was 13, set last weekend at Xavier.

Contact: Matt Fancett (734) 763-4423

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