Sept. 11, 2009
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan Challenge
Score: #7 Michigan 3, Morehead State 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-22)
Records: U-M (8-0), Morehead State (6-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 12 -- vs. Virginia Commonwealth (Cliff Keen Arena), 12:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team completed a perfect opening day at the Michigan Challenge, defeating Morehead State, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, on Friday (Sept. 11) at Cliff Keen Arena. Seniors Juliana Paz (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Iowa Western Community College) and Veronica Rood (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) led the way with 16 and 11 kills, respectively, while junior Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) added 33 assists.
The deciding set three saw the Wolverines battle from behind, putting together a late flurry of points in the 25-22 victory. Morehead State held a four-point advantage midway through the frame before the Wolverines got on track. Rood, Zimmerman and sophomore Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) tallied late kills and Paz added an exclamation-point service ace for the final point.
Set two was the most lopsided of the night as the Wolverines held the Eagles to a .077 attacking percentage while hitting at a .300 clip and jumping out to a 10-3 early lead. Paz had the hot hand, contributing seven terminations on 10 swings and Zimmerman dished out 10 helpers in the victory.
In the opening set, the Maize and Blue pulled away late from the pesky Eagles with Hunt and senior Megan Bower (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) using terminations halfway through the set to put the Wolverines on top for good, 19-15. U-M hit .500 in the set with six different players tallying kills, including a blistering nine from Paz.
The Wolverines are back in action on Saturday (Sept. 12) with two more matches to close out the Challenge. The Maize and Blue squares off with Virginia Commonwealth at 12:30 p.m., before closing the tournament with Missouri at 7:30 p.m. Those with football ticket stubs can get in free to both contests.
N O T E S
The Wolverines have now won 48 straight matches against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
Michigan has now won 16 straight matches in the Michigan Challenge, formerly known as the Michigan/Pepsi Challenge.
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