Maize & Blue Rallies to Ride Past Waves in Five
Sloane Donhoff

Sept. 10, 2011

Box Score | Notes

Site: Dayton, Ohio (Frericks Center)
Event: Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic
Score: #20 Michigan 3, Pepperdine 2 (30-32, 25-16, 25-27, 25-19, 20-18)
Records: U-M (8-0), Pepperdine (5-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 10 -- at Dayton - Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic (Dayton, Ohio), 7 p.m.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Despite falling behind 5-0 in the fifth set, the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 (30-32, 25-16, 25-27, 25-19, 20-18) win over Pepperdine on the second day of the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 10) at the Frericks Center.

In a match that featured 55 tie scores and 20 lead changes, the Wolverines bounced back from a first-set loss to win the match in five. Michigan outhit the Waves for the match, using a .223 attack percentage to Pepperdine's .194. Senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) paced the Wolverine attack with 21 kills, with senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) going for 19, sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) putting down 12, and senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) tallying 11. Freshman Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) handed out 64 assists and picked up 13 digs for her second straight double-double. Senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) anchored a defense that had five players with at least 10 digs as she recorded 25.

Michigan fell into a quick 5-0 hole in the fifth set before rattling off seven of eight points to take its first lead at 7-6. The teams traded points until U-M pushed its lead to 14-11 after Fletcher found the floor with a service ace. The Waves came back to tie the set at 14, with neither team able to put two points together for the match. Michigan finally scored consecutive points off two kills in a row from McElheny to take the 20-18 win.

Deadlocked at 14-14 in the fourth, a service ace by sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) put Michigan on top for good as the Wolverines closed out the set with a 25-21 win. Michigan held Pepperdine to a .089 attack percentage in the fourth, while Hunt put down five kills to pace the U-M offense.

It was back-and-forth play in the third set, as Michigan once again missed on a set-point opportunity when Erwin hit the tape on a back-row attack at 25-24 and Pepperdine scored the next three points for the win. Neither team held more than a two-point advantage in the set, as Michigan fell victim to eight attack errors to hit just .132 in the set

After falling in an early 8-2 hole in the second, Michigan chipped away to tie the set at 9-9. Neither team pulled away until a McElheny termination put U-M on top for good at 14-13. The Wolverines only allowed the Waves to score three more points the rest of the set for a 25-16 win, hitting .314 to Pepperdine's .091 in the frame.

The Wolverines failed to close out the first set, missing on seven set-point opportunities as Pepperdine took the frame, 32-30. Michigan hit .235 in the set to .250 for the Waves, with McElheny leading the way for the Maize and Blue with eight kills on 11 swings.

The Wolverines wrap up the Flyer Classic tonight (Saturday, Sept. 10) against No. 23 Dayton at 7 p.m.


• Today's win was Michigan's first ever against Pepperdine.

Molly Toon played for the first time since Aug. 26 when U-M played Marshall.

• It was the first time this season Michigan dropped the first set.

• It was Michigan's first five-set match since losing 3-2 at Illinois on Oct. 29, 2010.

• It is the second time this season Michigan has had four players with double-figure kills.

Ally Sabol (16) and Lexi Erwin (16) both set new career highs in digs.

Sloane Donhoff had more than 20 digs (25) for the 12th time in her career.

• Michigan's 88 team digs is the highest total for U-M since Oct. 29, 2010, against Illinois.

Ally Sabol also set a new career high in service aces with three.

Lexi Dannemiller had more than 50 assists for the second time in her career, dishing out a career-best 64.

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