Sept. 11, 2009
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan Challenge
Score: #7 Michigan 3, Fairfield 0
Records: U-M (7-0), Fairfield (2-5)
Next Event: Friday, Sept. 11 -- vs. Morehead State - Michigan Challenge (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team tied the season high in aces with 13 to sweep Fairfield, 25-9, 25-17, 25-16, in its first game of the Michigan Challenge on Friday (Sept. 11) at Cliff Keen Arena. Junior Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ind./Barrington), senior Juliana Paz (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Iowa Western Community College) and junior/sophomore Karlee Bruck (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) tied for the team lead in terminations with eight, while Paz and sophomore Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) each contributed four aces.
The deciding set three saw the Wolverines battle with the Stags early before taking off late in the set. Two aces from sophomore Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) helped give Michigan a 7-4 lead from 4-4 as the Wolverines never held a lead larger than four points to 13-11, before scoring five straight points on their way to a 25-16 win. Hunt was the star with a team-best three aces. She also tied Bruck with four kills in the game-clincher.
In the opening set, the Wolverines put up the first four points of the match, including the first two from Paz kills. U-M then ran the score from 9-3 to 18-3 behind three kills from Zimmerman and two aces from Paz. Hunt finished off the Stags with a service ace, giving U-M the 25-9 opening-set win. Michigan hit at a .448 clip and was led with four kills from Zimmerman.
Set two was a mirror image of set three, with U-M and Fairfield battling early before Michigan overwhelmed the Stags late. Michigan carried a small lead throughout the first half of set two before stretching the lead from 10-9 to 14-10, sparked by a stellar kill in the middle from Paz. Fairfield battled back to 14-13, but the Wolverines pulled away for the 25-17 win to go up two sets, capped by a slam from Zimmerman, who also had two service aces in the set.
The Wolverines get little rest as they hit the floor again tonight (Friday, Sept. 11) against Morehead State at 7:30 p.m. at the Michigan Challenge.
N O T E S
Freshman Amanda Yerke played in her first career match, rotating in during the first set.
In the second set, junior Maggie Busch saw the floor for the first time this season.
Michigan also had 13 service aces in its 3-1 win over No. 22 Kansas State opening weekend.
U-M has now won 47 straight regular-season, non-conference matches dating back to 2005.
The Wolverines have never lost a home opener under head coach Mark Rosen, who is beginning his 11th year at the helm. U-M has won 12 straight home openers.
Contact: Matt Fancett (734) 763-4423