Sept. 10, 2011
Site: Dayton, Ohio (Frericks Center)
Event: Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic
Score: #20 Michigan 3, #23 Dayton 0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-20)
Records: U-M (9-0), Dayton (4-5)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Toledo - Michigan/adidas Invitational (Cliff Keen Arena), 1 p.m.
DAYTON, Ohio -- Led by a career-best 17 kills from senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview), the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team swept No. 23 Dayton, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20, in the finale of the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic on Saturday night (Sept. 10) at the Frericks Center.
Sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) joined Fletcher in double figures with 10 kills and 10 digs, while senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) put down nine kills. Freshman Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) handed out 40 assists, with senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) recording 10 digs.
Tied at 23-23 in the first set following a Michigan timeout, McElheny found the back corner on the slide to give the Maize and Blue set point at 24-23. Dayton staved off the next two set points, before Hunt used the block for a kill from the back row to give Michigan the 27-25 first-set victory. Hunt and senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) each put down five kills as U-M tallied a .308 attack percentage for the frame.
Fletcher keyed a 5-1 start in the second set, recording three kills in the early going to force Dayton to use a quick timeout. The Wolverines did not let up in the set, keeping the lead at least two points for the 25-18 win. Michigan totaled 17 kills with just four errors in the second, using eight kills from Fletcher to grab the 2-0 lead.
In the final set with the score tied at 8-8, an Erwin swing and kill put the Wolverines on top for good at 9-8. Michigan's lead swelled to five several times in the set, and the Maize and Blue made good on its second match point when Fletcher hit the back corner on a quick kill for the 25-20 victory. Fletcher once again spearheaded the offense with six kills, while Erwin chipped in four.
The Wolverines are back in action next weekend (Fri-Sat., Sept. 16-17), hosting the Michigan/adidas Invitational at Cliff Keen Arena. U-M will first square off against Toledo on Friday at 1 p.m. in its 2011 home opener.
N O T E S
Michigan is now 2-0 all-time against Dayton.
Courtney Fletcher's previous career high in kills was 13, which she had recorded twice.
Lexi Erwin's 10 digs and 10 kills marked the first time she has recorded a double-double in her career.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On the day ... "To have two tough back-to-back matches against high-caliber teams is a huge challenge. And both teams have such a different style. I thought that our players did such a great job of physically and mentally preparing themselves to perform at a high level today."
On sweeping Dayton after the long Pepperdine match this morning ... "We talked about that before, that it is a big challenge to come off a big win like that. You see someone get a big win and then can't focus for the next one. The girls were very open with the things they needed to get done. We got a break, got some food, and prepared just like it was any other match."
On Lexi Dannemiller ... "I don't know if we had a progression on her by expecting her to be at a certain level at a certain time. We just wanted her to keep getting better with every day, every match. I thought that tonight was probably the biggest pressure situation she has been in. Partially because of the crowd, but they are a team that adjusts really well. They play a cat-and-mouse type game, and she kept adjusting to it. A great example was how she got Lexi Erwin going late in that match. She found a tempo that worked for Erwin and stuck with it."
On where the team is ... "One of the things I like about this team a lot is that each team tries to take one thing away from us. They try to take Claire (McElheny) away, take our middles away, try to take Alex (Hunt) out of it. But every time, someone else has stepped up. Everyone can take something away but they can't take everything. That is a testament to our passing, our hitting, to our setting and a lot to (assistant coach) Erin Virtue. She has done such a great job with Dannemiller."
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