Oct. 3, 2012
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)
Score: #10 Minnesota 3, Michigan 1 (25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22)
Records: U-M (14-5, 2-3 Big Ten), Minnesota (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 7 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CDT
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 17 kills for the University of Michigan volleyball team, but No. 10 Minnesota hit .317 and had four players in double figures in kills in a 3-1 win on Wednesday night (Oct. 3) at the Sports Pavilion. Set scores were 25-13, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-22 on a match that was televised on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan had three players in double figures in digs, led by 15 from freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union). Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and Erwin had 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Dannemiller added 34 assists as both her and Erwin had double-doubles on the night. Junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) had seven total blocks to lead the Maize and Blue.
After the two teams traded points to open the first set, Minnesota went on a 4-0 run, capped by a Daly Santana ace, to give the Golden Gophers a 6-2 advantage. The Wolverines cut that lead to 7-6 on a kill from junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton). Michigan then tied the set at eight on a kill by freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton). Minnesota went on a 4-0 run after that tie, as Michigan called a timeout after a Wolverine attack error. The Golden Gophers went up 14-10 on a Tori Dixon kill and built a 17-10 advantage on back-to-back service ace by Katherine Harms. A kill from Erwin made it 20-13, but Minnesota closed out the set scoring five straight points, including back-to-back service aces by Alexandra Palmer. Erwin had five kills, but Minnesota hit .519 in the opening set.
Michigan opened the second set by taking a 3-1 lead after a kill from freshman Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central). The Maize and Blue went up 6-3 on a Gopher attack error, but Minnesota came back to tie the set at six on a kill by Ashley Wittman. Michigan pulled ahead 10-7 on blocks from Toon and fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep)and went up 12-9 on a back-row kill from Erwin. Minnesota then came back to tie the set at 13 on a Santana kill, before the Wolverines took 15-13 and 17-15 leads on Erwin terminations; however, the Golden Gophers went on a 6-0 run, capped by a Dana Knudsen kill, to take a 21-17 advantage. Minnesota went up 23-18 on a Harms kill and won the set on a Dixon kill.
Michigan opened the third set up 4-1 after a service ace from junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount). The Wolverines went up 7-4 on another service ace, this one from freshman Lindsey Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy). Erwin's 10th kill of the night gave Michigan an 8-5 lead and a Toon termination made it 10-6 U-M. A Cross kill off a Gopher overpass and a Murphy service ace gave the Maize and Blue a 15-10 lead. The Gophers cut the lead to 16-13 on a Santana service ace, but Erwin answered that with a kill, giving Michigan a four-point lead. Dannemiller's kill gave the Maize and Blue a 19-14 lead, but Minnesota went on a 6-0 run, taking the 20-19 lead on a Wittman kill. McElheny tied the set at 21 with a termination and a Gopher attack error put U-M back in front by a point. The two teams traded points, before a Davis tip kill gave Michigan set point at 24-22. Minnesota fought off one set point with a Santana kill, but an Erwin back-row termination gave the Wolverines the set at 25-23. Michigan hit .318 in the third set, holding the Gophers to a .255 hitting percentage.
An assisted block from Erwin and Cross tied the fourth set at 3-all, while Dannemiller's service ace put Michigan on top 6-5. The Wolverines went up 8-6 off a Gopher attack error, but Minnesota rattled off five straight points, the final on a block from Santana and Knudsen. Michigan scored three straight points off a timeout to tie the set at 11. Minnesota took a 16-13 lead on a Whitten kill. Another Whitten kill made it 18-14 Gophers, but Erwin's kill cut that lead to 18-17. The Gophers built a 21-18 lead off a Harms kill, but Morales' service ace cut that lead to 22-20. A Minnesota block gave the Gophers match point at 24-20. Davis and Sabol fought off two match points with a kill and a service ace, respectively. However, Harms' kill gave the Gophers the 3-1 win.
Michigan hit .237 for the match and had nine total blocks. Minnesota had seven blocks and nine service aces on the night.
U-M wraps up its four-match roadtrip this Sunday (Oct. 7) at Wisconsin. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT.
N O T E S
Lexi Dannemiller recorded her sixth double-double of the season and 21st in her career as she had 34 assists and 12 digs on the night.
Lexi Erwin had her 15th double-digit kill performance on the season. She also had her 10th double-double of the year. Erwin has led Michigan in kills 13 times on the year.
Michigan lost the first set of the match for only the third time this season and the first since Sept. 7 at Marquette.
Tiffany Morales led Michigan in digs for the 17th time this season. It also was her 15th double-digit dig performance.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423
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