Sept. 14, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Coke/Michigan Invitational
Score: #22 Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-18)
Records: U-M (11-1), EMU (10-4)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 14 -- vs. Western Kentucky - Coke/Michigan Invitational (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 22nd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team used 17 kills from junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and 42 assists from sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) to defeat Eastern Michigan, 25-13, 25-20, 25-18, in the first match of the Coke/Michigan Invitational Friday (Sept. 14) in front of 1,696 at Cliff Keen Arena. The match was a part of U-M first-ever "Block Out Bullying" event.
Erwin was joined in double-digit kills by junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton), who had 11 terminations. Freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 14 digs and Toon joined junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Onatrio/Birchmount Collegiate Park) with three assisted blocks.
Michigan hit a blistering .517 in the first set, led by Erwin's six, to take the opener 25-13. A Cross service ace gave the Wolverines an 8-4 lead, but the Eagles came back to tie the game at 11. The Maize and Blue then went on a 6-0 run off the serves of Toon and freshman Lindsey Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy). Michigan added a 4-0 mini run to take a 22-12 lead, capped by a Cross kill. U-M closed out the set on a Dannemiller kill and EMU ball-handling error.
Eastern Michigan came out in the second set and led 9-8, but Michigan came back and took a 13-10 lead on an Eagle ball-handling error. An Erwin kill gave Michigan an 18-14 lead and a termination from freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) made it 21-17. Fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) ended the second set with a kill, giving U-M the 25-20 win and the 2-0 advantage in the match.
Michigan raced out to a 7-1 advantage in the third set, holding at least a five-point cushion the rest of the set in a 25-18 victory to clinch the sweep. U-M once again relied on the hot hitting of Erwin, who put down seven kills on nine swings, with Toon chipping in six terminations on eight attempts. The Wolverines hit .412 in the frame to EMU's .167.
Michigan hosts Western Kentucky Friday night (Sept. 14) at 7:30 p.m. in match four of the Coke/Michigan Invitational.
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