Sept. 9, 2011
Site: Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
Event: Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic
Score: #20 Michigan 3, #24 Florida State 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-15)
Records: U-M (7-0), Florida State (5-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 10 -- vs. Pepperdine - Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic (Dayton, Ohio), 11 a.m.
DAYTON, Ohio -- A trio of Wolverine hitters went for double figures in kills, as the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team hit a season-best .410 in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-15) sweep of No. 24 Florida State on Friday afternoon (Sept. 9) in the first match of the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic at UD Arena.
Senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) paced the Wolverine offense with 14 kills, with senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) going for 12 and sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) putting down 11 for her first double-figure kill output of the season. Freshman Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) recorded her second career double-double with 37 assists and 12 digs, while sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) picked up a career-best 11 digs to go with eight terminations.
Tied at 9-9 after trading points to start the match, U-M went on a decisive 6-0 spurt to take control of the set at 15-9. A Hunt service ace upped the Michigan lead to 19-12 and forced another FSU timeout, but the Wolverines stayed in control for the 25-21 win. The Wolverines hit .395 in the frame, led by four kills from Hunt and three each from Cross, McElheny and Erwin.
Down 16-15 in the second set, U-M ripped off eight consecutive points on the serve of senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview), including two aces from the senior, to take a 23-15 lead. A block by Dannemiller and Cross on set point gave Michigan the 25-21 win. The Wolverines hit .329 in the frame with 5.0 blocks after not recording a block in the first set.
The third set was all Michigan as the Wolverines jumped out to a 12-6 lead, keeping at least a five-point cushion for the duration of the set en route to the 25-15 win. The Maize and Blue put down 21 kills with just two errors in the set, led by six each from Hunt and McElheny to complete the sweep.
Michigan is back in action tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 10), playing Pepperdine at 11 a.m. and No. 23 Dayton at 7 p.m. to conclude the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic.
N O T E S
With todays win, Michigan evened the all-time series against Florida State at 2-2.
Florida State was the first ranked opponent Michigan has faced this season.
Lexi Erwin set a new career high in digs with 11. Her previous best was seven.
Claire McElheny reached double-figure kills for the third consecutive match.
Sloane Donhoff had her streak of 24 consecutive matches with at least 10 digs snapped.
U-M is now 3-0 while wearing its blue uniforms.
Todays match was played in UD Arena, which is normally used for basketball.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On your teams offense ... "I thought it was really good today. I thought that Lexi (Dannemiller) just did a phenomenal job of running it today. Not only did she do a great job with the tempo, but she just made great choices. She followed our game plan perfectly so that we could exploit some things on their side. I also think we controlled the ball well enough today to let her do that."
On different players stepping up on defense ... "Sloanes (Donhoff) numbers were down today, but that is not because of her. Teams are starting to hit away from her because she is so good. We anticipated that and really worked on improving our right side defense because we know teams are going to hit down the line and to that side to keep the ball away from her. Erwin and Dannemiller both played well back there, which was what the match required. It was good to see the team respond."
On the flow of the match ... "I thought the first and second sets were pretty tight. We had some people who were serving really well, which helped. But we got some points on some crazy plays, what we like to call 'dirty points. We just grinded out some points, and I think that was where that match was won. We got in the trenches and that is what changed the match. I am really excited and proud of this team for the progression they keep making. From weekend to weekend and then from practice into a match. I think that we just keep improving every day."
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