Sept. 28, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, Iowa 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-20)
Records: U-M (14-3, 2-1 Big Ten); Iowa (8-8, 0-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Sept. 30 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 2 p.m. CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) each had double-doubles and the University of Michigan volleyball team posted 76 digs in a 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 win at Iowa on Friday night (Sept. 28) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Erwin had a match-high 13 kills and added 13 digs, while Dannemiller had 33 assists and a season-high 16 digs. Dannemiller was one of four Wolverines with double-figure digs. Freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 25 digs in the three-set match, while junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) joined Erwin with 13 digs. Freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) had 11 kills and sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) had five assisted blocks.
The Wolverines hit .306 and used Erwin's six kills and Morales' nine digs to take the first set 25-14. A Dannemiller kill gave the Wolverines a 5-2 advantage and a Hawkeye error put U-M up 8-5, forcing a Hawkeye timeout. The Hawkeyes came back to make it 10-8 with a kill off a long rally, but Michigan came out of that timeout on a 6-0 run, capped by an assisted block from Cross and Erwin. A block from junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) put Michigan up 20-12 and the Wolverines took the set, with kills from Murphy and Erwin and an Iowa ball-handling error.
The second set featured five ties in the first half of the game. Michigan went up 11-8 on an assisted block from Erwin and Cross and took a 16-13 lead on back-to-back kills from Murphy and Erwin. An Iowa attack error forced the Hawkeyes to take time at 18-14. Blocks from Cross and Dannemiller and an Iowa error put Michigan up 22-15 and the Wolverines earned a two-set advantage with as an Iowa service error gave Michigan the 25-21 win. Michigan held the Hawkeyes to a .000 hitting percentage in that second set.
A Toon kill gave Michigan a 7-3 advantage in the beginning of the third set. An Iowa error made it 10-5 Wolverines, forcing the Hawkeyes to call timeout. That was part of a 5-0 run capped by a Dannemiller kill at 13-5. A Hawkeye attack error gave Michigan an 18-10 lead, but Iowa came back to cut the lead to 20-18 on a block. Michigan then scored the next three points after that and took the set and the match on a Murphy kill.
U-M forced Iowa into a .051 hitting percentage and had eight blocks on the night.
Michigan will have Saturday off before playing at No. 6 Nebraska this Sunday (Sept. 30) at 2 p.m. CDT in Lincoln, Neb.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423