Wolverines Unable to Stave Off No. 17 Purdue
Jennifer Cross

Sept. 22, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #17 Purdue 3, Michigan 2 (23-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 15-10)
Records: U-M (13-3, 1-1 Big Ten) Purdue (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 603
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 28 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team took two of the first three sets before dropping the final two in a 23-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18,15-10 loss to N. 17 Purdue on Saturday night (Sept. 22) in a Big Ten match at Cliff Keen Arena.

Sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Collegiate Park) and fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) led the U-M offense with 14 kills apiece, while junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Erwin made it a double-double with 14 digs, while freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had a team-high 17 digs. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 47 assists on the night.

Michigan opened the first set up 9-4 and took a 13-5 lead on a Toon kill. Purdue came back to cut the lead to 15-12, but a Dannemiller kill and Purdue attack error gave Michigan a 19-14 lead, forcing the Boilermakers to call timeout. Purdue tied the match at 19 on a block assist and the two teams went back and forth to a 22-22 tie. Three straight Purdue errors gave Michigan match point. Purdue fought off one match point, but a Cross kill gave U-M a 25-23 win.

Purdue hit .355 in the second set, winning 25-17. Michigan had an 8-6 lead on a Boilermaker attack error, but Purdue went on a 7-1 run with the help of Amanda Miller's serve. Purdue took an 18-10 lead and never looked back. Ariel Turner had eight kills in that set.

The Boilermakers jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the third set but rallied back to tie it at 11-all on a Purdue attack error. Purdue scored the next three points, but Michigan again tied the set, this time at 16-all on a McElheny kill. Michigan on a three-point run at 17-all as kills from Erwin and Cross and a Purdue attack error gave U-M a three-point advantage. Purdue came back to tie the set at 20-20, but two Purdue attack errors and a Cross kill put the Wolverines two points away from going up 2-1. Cross and Toon gave U-M those points for the 25-23 win.

Purdue hit .321 in the fourth set for the 25-18 win to force the fifth and deciding set. Michigan went up 7-5 on a McElheny kill, but the Boilermakers went on a 10-3 run, capped by a block. Michigan cut the advantage to 20-15 on a Purdue attack error, but a service ace at set point put Michigan in a fifth set for the fifth time this season.

The two teams traded points in the fifth set until Purdue rattled off two in a row on Turner's serve. Michigan notched three points in a row on an Erwin kill and two Purdue attack errors. At 7-7, Toon had a kill and Purdue had an error, giving Michigan a two-point lead as the Boilermakers called time. However, Purdue ended the set on an 8-1 run as Turner's kill at match point, her 23rd of the match, made it 15-10 for the Boilermakers.

Michigan hits the road for the first time in Big Ten play at Iowa next Friday (Sept. 28). First serve for that match is at 7 p.m. CDT.


• Michigan is now 3-2 in five-set matches this season.

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan 44-24.

Lexi Erwin recorded her eighth double-double of the season and second of the weekend. Erwin had 12 kills and 14 digs on the night.

Claire McElheny had a season-high 14 kills. Her career high is 19 against Pepperdine on Sept. 10, 2011.

Tiffany Morales led the team in digs for the 14th time this season as she had 17 digs on the night.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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