Sept. 18, 2010
Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena)
Event: ASU Sheraton Tournament
Score: #21 Michigan 3, Arizona State 1 (12-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-19)
Records: U-M (9-1), Arizona State (4-6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 -- vs. Utah - ASU Sheraton Tournament (Tempe, Ariz.), 10 a.m. PDT/MST
TEMPE, Ariz. -- After dropping the first set, the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team relied on the offense of junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph), who had 22 kills, and redshirt sophomore right side Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf), who notched 16 kills, to rally for a 3-1 victory over the host Sun Devils on Friday night (Sept. 17) at the ASU Sheraton Invitational, held at Wells Fargo Arena. Set scores were 12-25, 25-21, 27-25 and 25-19.
Hunt led the way with a .571 attack percentage to go along with nine digs, while McElheny set a new career standard with her 16 terminations. Senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) recorded 47 assists, 16 digs, five kills and two service aces, and junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) anchored the defense with 17 digs.
Tied at 17-all in the deciding fourth set and coming out of a timeout, the Wolverines ripped off six straight points on the serve of Zimmerman en route to a 24-17 advantage. ASU scored two straight, before a kill from junior middle blocker Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) ended the set, 25-19, and match in favor of Michigan.
Facing set point in the third at 24-22, Michigan reeled off two straight points to knot the contest at 24-all. ASU grabbed set point again at 25-24, but two consecutive Zimmerman terminations, one off a free ball and one off an attack, gave the Maize and Blue a 27-25 victory.
U-M slowly found its rhythm in the second set, using seven kills from Hunt and six from McElheny in a 25-21 victory. The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 4-0 advantage, before ASU slowly climbed back in the set, eventually taking a 16-15 advantage. Michigan responded with a 10-5 spurt to take the set, 25-21.
Michigan trailed from start to finish in the first set, as ASU tallied a .560 attack clip with no errors in a 25-11 win. The Wolverines could not find the offense, recording only seven kills with seven errors to break even with a .000 attack percentage.
The Wolverines hit the court for a pair tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 18), taking on Utah at 10 a.m. PDT/MST and concluding the tournament against Pacific at 5 p.m. PDT/MST.
N O T E S
It was Alex Hunt's third match this season and fifth of her career with at least 20 kills.
Sloane Donhoff recorded her fifth consecutive match with double-digit digs.
Claire McElheny's 16 kills set a new career best. Her previous career high was nine kills, coming last weekend against both Chicago State and Miami (Ohio). In the last three matches, she has tallied 34 total kills.
It was the first time this season that an opponent out-hit the Wolverines. ASU tallied a .281 attack percentage to U-M's .275.
Sloane Donhoff needs 13 more digs for 1,000 in her career.
Lexi Zimmerman recorded the 48th double-double of her career with 47 assists and 16 digs.
Michigan used the same starting lineup for the fourth consecutive match: Courtney Fletcher, Lexi Zimmerman, Claire McElheny, Maggie Busch, Alex Hunt, Jennifer Cross and Sloane Donhoff.
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