Wolverines Throttle Youngstown State in Cliff Keen Debut

Sept. 10, 2010

Box Score | Notes & Quotes

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan/adidas Invitational
Score: #22 Michigan 3, Youngstown State 0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-19)
Records: U-M (6-1), Youngstown State (1-7)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 11 -- vs. Chicago State (Cliff Keen Arena), 1:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In its 2010 Cliff Keen Arena debut, the No. 22-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team dominated Youngstown State for a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-10, 25-19) on Friday night (Sept. 10).

All 15 Wolverines saw the court as each Michigan attacker registered at least one kill. Junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) once again led the way with 10 terminations, while redshirt junior middle blocker Karlee Bruck (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) contributed six of her own. Junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) recorded 12 digs and senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) chipped in 28 assists, six digs and three kills.

U-M never trailed during the match, scoring at least the first four points in all three sets. In the first, Michigan jumped out to a quick 4-0 advantage before the Penguins slowly scooted back in at 11-9. The Wolverines clamped down after that, scoring 14 of the next 19 points to claim a 25-14 victory.

It was much of the same in the second, as Michigan rode the serving of senior defensive specialist Maggie Busch (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Christian) to an 8-0 lead. YSU never got within less than six points, allowing the Maize and Blue to coast to a 25-10 win.

The third set proved to be the closest, with the Penguins hanging around at 22-19. A quick kill from Bruck out of the middle, followed by an ace from redshirt freshman Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral/Purdue) and a subsequent ball handling error from YSU ended the set in favor of the Wolverines, 25-19.

Michigan completes its three-match home stand tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 11), first taking on Chicago State at 1:30 p.m. The Wolverines will wrap up the day's action against Miami (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.


• Tonight is the second time this season that the Wolverines used the starting lineup of Lexi Zimmerman, Sloane Donhoff, Maggie Busch, Courtney Fletcher, Jennifer Cross, Claire McElheny and Alex Hunt. The same lineup was used against Loyola (Md.).

Molly Toon recorded a career-high four kills.

• Michigan held Youngstown State to a -.012 attack percentage, the first time this season that an opponent has had a negative percentage.

Maggie Busch picked up her first career kill, coming out of the back row off a YSU triple-block attempt.

• Tonight is the second time that all 15 Michigan players saw the court this season.

• Today's match was the first-ever match against Youngstown State.


Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On tonight's match and playing a lot of people ... "Part of it is that we are still trying to figure out our lineup and develop depth within our team. It wasn't the fact that we were getting a lead or who we were playing; it was about getting some kids some experience. I thought we improved a lot tonight from last weekend and the weekend before. Our freshmen keep getting better and getting them these kinds of opportunities only helps them continue to develop."

On where the team is at this point in the season ... "I think we are improving a lot from where we started. We still have a long ways to go and the time is closing. Big Ten is right around the corner and we have a really tough tournament next weekend at Arizona State. I was really encouraged tonight because I thought that this was the cleanest we played all year. We can really only focus on where we started the year and where we are now. I think we are getting better, we are learning with each match. Will it be enough? We will find out soon enough."

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