Michigan Falls to No. 16 Florida State in Five-Set Heartbreaker
Lexi Erwin

Sept. 14, 2013

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Site: College Station, Texas (Reed Arena)
Event: Texas A&M Invitational
Score: #16 Florida State 3, #7 Michigan 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-13)
Records: U-M (7-1), FSU (6-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 20 -- vs. Marshall - Michigan Invitational (Crisler Center), 11:30 a.m.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In its second five-set match in less than 24 hours, the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team won the first two sets but lost, 3-2, to No. 16 Florida State Saturday morning (Sept. 14) in the final match of the Texas A&M Invitational inside Reed Arena. Set scores were 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19 and 15-13.

Michigan had four players with double-figure kills, led by senior Lexi Erwin's (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) 15 terminations. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had a double-double with 52 assists and 10 digs, while sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had a team-high 20 digs. Sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) registered seven block assists.

The Wolverines took the first three points of the fifth set on kills from Erwin and senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and a service ace by senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount). Florida State answered with three straight points, but senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) put Michigan up 5-4 with a kill. Another Toon kill made it 6-5 U-M, but Florida State took a 7-6 lead after a Olivera Medic termination. Florida State went up 10-8 on Elise Walch's kill and, after a Wolverine attack error, led 12-9. Michigan battled back to tie the set at 13 after freshman Abby Cole's (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) kill, but an Ashley Neff kill and FSU service ace gave the Seminoles the win.

Michigan battled back from an early hole to take the first set, 25-21. Florida State built a 9-5 advantage after a Burrington kill, but the Wolverines made it 10-all on a Seminole attack error. Michigan went up 13-12 on blocks from Goode and Cross and built a 15-13 advantage after an FSU service error. Cole's kill put U-M on top 19-16, and an FSU service error kept the three-point lead (21-18). Cross had two kills to make it 23-20, and Cole's termination gave Michigan the match's first set.

The Wolverines fell behind FSU in the second set, 4-2, after Nicole Walch's kill but went up 8-6 after two straight Florida State errors. The Seminoles retook the lead at 10-9 on a Medic kill that was followed by three straight Wolverine points, forcing FSU to call time. Michigan had a 16-14 lead after Erwin's kill, but Florida State went up 18-16 on a block. Michigan started its rally after a timeout, tying the match at 20 on a Cole kill and taking a 22-20 lead with a Seminole attack error. With the set tied at 23, the Wolverines scored the set's final two points with kills from Erwin and Cross.

Florida State hit .406 to take the third set 25-17. Blocks from Medic and Neff gave FSU a 9-6 lead. The lead grew to 15-11 on back-to-back Nicole Walch kills. Michigan cut the advantage to 17-14, but that was as close as the Maize and Blue got as Elise Walch, who had seven kills in the set, closed it out with a kill.

Florida State scored the fourth set's first four points, but a service ace by fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) made it 4-all. Florida State came right back and scored the set's next four points and took an 11-7 lead on a Wolverine error. Michigan tied the set at 13 after back-to-back Seminole errors, but Florida State went on a 5-0 run, capped by a Michigan error. The Wolverines cut it to 22-18 on Cross' kill, but the Seminoles closed out the set on an Elise Walch kill.

Michigan hit .211 for the match and had nine total blocks. Florida State had 81 digs and a .282 hitting percentage.

The Wolverines will host the Michigan Invitational in their final in-season tournament of the year. The Maize and Blue will open the tournament Friday (Sept. 20) at 11:30 a.m. against Marshall. That match is the second annual "Block Out Bullying" match and will be played at Crisler Center with no admission charge.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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