U-M Sneaks by No. 24 Ohio to Claim Michigan Invite Title
Krystalyn Goode

Sept. 21, 2013

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Michigan Invitational Schedule/Results

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Michigan Invitational
Score: #10 Michigan 3, #24 Ohio 2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-11)
Records: U-M (10-1), Ohio (10-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 27 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 8 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 10th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team had four players in double figures in kills, coming up with a 3-2 victory over the 24th-ranked Ohio Bobcats in the final match of the Michigan Invitational Saturday night (Sept. 21) inside Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-18, 22-25, 25-15, 23-25 and 15-11, resulting in U-M's 3-0 record at its home tournament.

Senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate), who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, led the U-M attack with 18 kills and a .457 hitting percentage. She also reached the 1,000-kill plateau with her second termination of the night. Cross added seven blocks for the second straight night. Senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) joined Cross on the all-tournament team. Erwin recorded a double-double, collecting 13 kills and 17 digs, while Dannemiller had 58 assists, a season high. Senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) had 15 kills and eight digs, while sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had a career-high 13 kills on the night. Sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) and senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had 22 and 14 digs, respectively.

Michigan raced out to a first-set advantage, taking an 8-3 lead on a Toon kill. Ohio cut the lead to 12-10, before the Maize and Blue took a four-point lead (17-13) on blocks from Goode and freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven). Michigan scored the final five points of the set, four coming from Erwin's serve. Cross helped out with a block assist with Dannemiller and a kill to close out the set.

Ohio took a close set two 25-22, leading for most of the set. Erwin's kill tied the set at nine, but Ohio scored the next three points, capped by a Kelly Lamberti kill. Michigan tied the set at 19 on a Cross solo block, but a Mallory Salis service ace put the Bobcats up 21-19. The Wolverines tied the set at 22 on an Ohio attack error, but the Bobcats scored the final three points, as a triple assisted block tied the match at one set apiece.

Michigan hit .444 in the match's third set, winning 25-15. Cross, who had five kills in the set, opened it with a kill. Ohio took a 7-6 advantage, but Cole's solo block gave the Maize and Blue the 8-7 lead. Tied at 10, Michigan scored 10 of the next 11 points. A Cross kill gave U-M a 20-11 lead, capping an 8-0 run. Michigan closed out the set on blocks from Cross and Cole, putting the Maize and Blue up 2-1.

Michigan scored the fourth set's first three points and took a 4-2 lead on Cross' termination. Goode's kill gave the Maize and Blue an 8-6 lead, and a solo block from Erwin put the Wolverines up 12-8. Ohio battled to tie the set at 13 on a Lamberti kill, and the Bobcats had an 18-14 advantage on Karin Bull's solo block. Michigan tied the set at 20 on four straight points off Morales' serve and had a 23-22 lead after a Bobcat error. Ohio forced the fifth set by scoring the final three points, capped by Salis' kill.

The two teams traded side outs until an Ohio error put U-M up 4-2 in the fifth set. Ohio tied the set at five, but Michigan scored the next three points, capped by back-to-back Goode kills. The Wolverines went up 10-7 after Erwin's kill as the Bobcats called timeout. Ohio got as close at 12-11, but the Maize and Blue scored the match's final three points as kills from Dannemiller and Cross gave Michigan the tournament title.

Both teams had 11 blocks on the night, with Michigan holding a slight 74-73 dig advantage. The Wolverines hit .272 on the night and had 68 assists.

Michigan now turns its attention to Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines visit Ohio State for the Big Ten lidlifter on Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. The match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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