Zimmerman Lifts U-M Over RedHawks to Cap Perfect Weekend

Sept. 11, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan/adidas Invitational
Score: #22 Michigan 3, Miami (Ohio) 0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-20)
Records: U-M (8-1), Miami (4-6)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 17 -- at Arizona State - ASU Sheraton Tournament (Tempe, Ariz.), 7 p.m. PDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A balanced offensive attack and a near triple-double (28 assists, 12 digs, nine kills) from senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) propelled the No. 22-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team to a 3-0 triumph (25-16, 25-19, 25-20) over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday night (Sept. 11) in the finale of the Michigan/adidas Invitational at Cliff Keen Arena.

Zimmerman, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, joined three other Wolverines with at least eight terminations on the night. Redshirt sophomore right side Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) equaled her career high with nine and the freshman duo of middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) and outside hitter Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) both chipped in eight.

U-M capitalized on a .500 attack percentage in the first set, taking a 4-0 lead off the serve of senior defensive specialist Maggie Busch (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Christian) and did not look back in a 25-16 win. The RedHawks never got closer than three points during the first set as the trio of Cross, McElheny and junior middle blocker Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) each recorded four kills.

With the set knotted at 7-all in the second, U-M went on a 6-1 spurt to force a Miami timeout. The momentum stayed with the Wolverines, who used another four kills from McElheny en route to a 25-19 victory.

Zimmerman took over in the third, producing four kills and dishing out 11 assists in the deciding set. The two teams traded points as the Wolverines grabbed the lead for good off an Erwin kill to break an 11-11 stalemate, coming away with a 25-20 win.

The Wolverines will wrap up the non-conference slate next weekend (Fri-Sat., Sept. 17-18) at the ASU Sheraton Tournament at Arizona State. First up for U-M will be host Arizona State on Friday at 7 p.m. MST/PDT.


• The 2010 Michigan/adidas Invitational all-tournament team was: Haley Kapferer (Youngstown State), Valeria Desiderio (Chicago State), Amy Raseman (Miami), Lisa Treadway (Miami), Claire McElheny (U-M), Alex Hunt (U-M) and MVP Lexi Zimmerman (U-M).

Sloane Donhoff recorded double-digit digs for the fourth consecutive match with 13 tonight.

Claire McElheny equaled her career high of nine kills tonight, set earlier today against Chicago State.

• Every Wolverine who had an attack attempt had at least one kill.

• The Wolverines won their second tournament title of the season, adding to their Active Ankle Challenge win at Oregon State last weekend (Sept. 3-4).

Alex Hunt and Lexi Zimmerman have been named to all-tournament teams at all three invitationals this season. Zimmerman has been the MVP twice. Claire McElheny earned all-tournament accolades for the first time in her career.

• Miami was the first team to have a positive attack percentage against Michigan this weekend.


Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On the offensive balance this weekend ... "It is something that we have definitely been working on. We started the year out very "Al dependent" in Alex Hunt. And that is okay. She is really good. We want to use her. But we have to get some other kids involved in the offense and build some balance and depth in our offense. I thought this weekend that Lexi (Zimmerman) did an extremely good job with that. And part of that starts with our passing. We passed the ball well enough that we could, and those kids produced. If we give them the ball and they can't get kills, then Lexi is going to stop going to them. But they came through, and the next thing you know, we have balance. In this match, we didn't really have to rely on Alex at all. We certainly want her involved, but it is nice to know that we can survive without her."

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