Erwin's Career High Aids Triumph over Toledo in Home Opener
Lexi Erwin

Sept. 16, 2011

Box Score | Notes | Highlights

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan/adidas Invitational
Result: #18 Michigan 3, Toledo 1 (25-13, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19)
Records: U-M (10-0), Toledo (4-6)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Xavier - Michigan/adidas Invitational (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In the 2011 home opener, sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) led four players in double-figure kills, as the No .18-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team held on for a 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19) win over Toledo in the Michigan/adidas Invitational on Friday afternoon (Sept. 16) at Cliff Keen Arena.

Joining Erwin in double figures were senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) with 16 kills, sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) with 11 and senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) with 10 as Michigan hit .282 for the match. Freshman Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) recorded a double-double with 50 assists and 13 digs. Senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) led the defense with 18 digs to move into second place on the all-time digs list.

Michigan used an attack percentage of .808 in the first set for a 25-13 win. U-M missed on only one attack attempt, putting down 22 kills on 26 attempts. The Wolverines were led by the outside hitting duo of Hunt and Erwin, who each recorded six kills in the frame.

Deadlocked at 23 in the second set, a U-M service error gave Toledo set point at 24-23. The Rockets used a kill from their setter, Kassie Kadera, to end the set with a 25-23 victory. Michigan was held to a .089 attack percentage as Toledo tallied 3.0 blocks in the set.

Facing an early deficit of 13-8, the Wolverines reeled off five consecutive points on the serve of sophomore Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) to knot the match at 13-13. The teams traded points until Toledo took a two-point lead at 22-20, which it held until back-to-back attack errors gave Michigan set point at 24-23. A Rocket kill tied the frame at 24-24 before a Cross termination and a Toledo miss allowed Michigan to take the 26-24 win.

With the fourth set tied at 13, the Wolverines ripped off five straight points to take command of the set at 18-13. U-M kept at least a four-point cushion the rest of the way for the 25-19 triumph. Hunt paced the offense with six kills and Dannemiller anchored the defense with six digs in the set.

The Wolverines are back in action tonight, taking on Xavier at 7:30 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.


Sloane Donhoff moved past Megan Bower (2006-09) and now ranks No. 2 on the all-time digs list with 1,484. Bower racked up 1,467 during her four-year tenure.

• Michigan is now 16-1 all-time against Toledo.

• U-M starts the season 10-0 for the fifth time in the last six years.

Lexi Erwin's previous career best was 13 kills.

• It is the third time this season Michigan has put four players in double-figure kills.

• It was Lexi Dannemiller's fourth career double-double.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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