Sept. 12, 2009
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan Challenge
Score: #7 Michigan 3, Virginia Commonwealth 0
Records: U-M (9-0), Virginia Commonwealth (8-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 12 -- vs. Missouri - Michigan Challenge (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team cruised to another 3-0 sweep -- its fifth straight and sixth overall -- beating Virginia Commonwealth, 25-11, 25-13, 26-24, on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 12) in its third game of the Michigan Challenge at Cliff Keen Arena. The game's highlight came when senior Juliana Paz (Porte Alegre, Brazil/Iowa Western CC) posted four consecutive service aces to help put VCU away in set two as she finished the game with a career-high eight aces. She also tied sophomore Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) for the team lead in kills with 12.
The teams battled throughout the entire set three as the Wolverines found themselves tied with VCU all the way to 24-24 before two straight kills from Hunt gave U-M the sweep. The Wolverines were down 10-5 early but battled back to 15-15, thanks in part to two straight aces from sophomore Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption). Hunt completed set three with a team-high seven terminations, with four coming in the final eight points.
U-M took the first three points -- all on kills by sophomore Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) -- and the first six out of seven points on its way to a dominating 25-11 set-one victory. After VCU came back to within three at 13-10, Michigan put the set away with eight straight points, thanks to two kills from Paz, who also posted two straight aces late in the set. The Wolverine defense held VCU to -.077 hitting in the opening frame.
Michigan again took the first three points and scored eight straight during set two, carrying its lead from 15-11 to 22-11. Paz's four straight aces highlighted six straight service points at the end of the run. Junior/sophomore Karlee Bruck (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) finished it off with a slam, giving U-M the 25-13 win and a two-set advantage. Paz finished the set with five aces.
The Wolverines hit the floor for the fourth and final time in the Michigan Challenge tonight (Saturday, Sept. 12) against Missouri at 7:30 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. Fans are invited to attend the contest, getting in free with a football ticket stub.
Contact: Matt Fancett (734) 763-4423
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