Sept. 30, 2012
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (NU Coliseum)
Score: #6 Nebraska 3, Michigan 1 (25-21, 13-25, 17-25, 21-25)
Records: U-M (14-4, 2-2 Big Ten), NEB (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Oct. 3 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CDT (TV: Big Ten Network)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team took the opening set from No. 6 Nebraska before dropping the next three in a 21-25, 25-13, 25-17, 25-21 loss on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 30) at the NU Coliseum.
Fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) led the Michigan attack with 12 kills, while junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) added 10 terminations. Freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had a team-high 23 digs, while sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 41 assists and 16 digs.
Michigan came out in the first set and scored the first four points, capped by a kill from junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton). Michigan led 8-4 on an assisted block from junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and Dannemiller and took a 10-4 lead on a Husker attack error, forcing Nebraska to call timeout. A McElheny kill gave the Wolverines a 13-7 lead and Dannemiller's kill made it 17-10. Erwin put the Maize and Blue up 22-14 on a kill. Nebraska's Gina Mancuso had back-to-back kills, cutting Michigan's advantage to 22-17. A Nebraska block made it 23-21, but freshman Kelly Murphy's (Marietta, Ga./Walton) kill and an assisted block from Toon and Cross put the Wolverines on top to open the match. Murphy had five kills in that set, while Morales added seven digs.
Nebraska got out to a hot start in set two as the Huskers scored the set's first five points. A kill from Lauren Cook gave Nebraska a 12-5 advantage and the Huskers made it 15-7 on a Hayley Thramer kill. Thramer's kill at set point tied the match going into intermission. Nebraska hit .548 in the second set, compared to .067 for the Maize and Blue.
Nebraska scored the first four points of the third set, but Michigan cut it to 6-3 on a Cross solo block. Thramer's kill put Nebraska up 12-7 and the Huskers capped a 5-0 run on an assisted block, pushing it to 18-8. Michigan cut the advantage to 21-16 on a kill from freshman Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and 23-17 on a McElheny kill, but Nebraska scored the final two points of the set, the final one on a Mancuso block. Nebraska hit .353 in the match's third set.
Nebraska scored the first five points of set four, but Michigan cut that lead to 9-8 on a block from McElheny and Davis. Nebraska then rattled off five straight points in the middle of the set off Mancuso's serve, grabbing a 17-10 lead. The Wolverines cut the Cornhusker lead to 20-19 on a Mancuso error and McElheny's kill made it 21-20 NU. However, Nebraska scored the next two points off a Morgan Broekhuis kill and Mancuso block, before Broekhuis' kill gave Nebraska the 25-21 set-four win and the match.
U-M hit .162 for the match and had 12 total blocks.
Michigan will continue its four-match roadtrip this Wednesday (Oct. 3) at Minnesota. The match will begin at 7 p.m. CDT and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423