Oct. 8, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Result: #18 Michigan 3, Wisconsin 0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-21)
Records: U-M (15-2, 4-1 Big Ten), Wisconsin (11-5, 0-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Oct. 9 -- vs. Illinois (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team used an efficient .367 team attack percentage and 37 assists from senior Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) en route to a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-21) win over visiting Wisconsin in front of 1,838 pink-clad fans at Cliff Keen Arena. The Maize and Blue got a team-high 12 kills from junior Alex Hunt (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph) and 13 digs from junior Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) in the victory.
Set three was a close affair until kills from Hunt, sophomore Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) and sophomore Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) pushed the Wolverines to a 21-18 lead and forced Wisconsin into its second timeout of the frame. The lead was too much to overcome as three Badger attack errors and a termination from Hunt closed out the set and the match, 25-21.
Michigan used an efficient offensive attack in a 25-17 first-set win, using five kills from Hunt and four each from the freshman duo of Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Collegiate) and Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) as U-M hit .485 as a team. Zimmerman dished out 14 assists as each Wolverine who saw action in the front row recorded at least two kills.
The Wolverines fell behind 8-7 in the second set before evening the score at 21-all off a service ace from Fletcher. Michigan scored three of the next five points to take set point at 24-23, but a Badger termination knotted the set at 24-24. Zimmerman took over from there and scored the next two points, pushing a ball to the back right corner and then winning a joust at the net to give the Maize and Blue a 26-24 decision.
The Wolverines wrap up weekend play against No. 6 Illinois tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. Fans may show their ticket stub from the Michigan/Michigan State football game to receive free admission to the match.
The match was designated Michigan's "pink" match, a culmination of several events to benefit the U-M Women's Health Program and raise breast cancer awareness. Wisconsin defeated Michigan in last year's pink match.
Alex Hunt hit double-digit kills for the 15th time this season and for the eighth consecutive match. She needs 30 more kills to pass 1,000 for her career.
Sloane Donhoff recorded her 13th match with double-digit digs.
Every front row player recorded at least six kills.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On what type of team Wisconsin is ... "I think there are about eight or nine Big Ten teams that are all very similar in their talent and abilities. It is going to come down to who plays well on a certain night. I think they are a lot like Ohio State, a lot like Purdue, a lot like Michigan State. I think they are a lot like us. We are not that much different, but it comes down to who performs consistently during the match and we were able to do that tonight."
On what the team did well tonight ... "I thought we were good in our serve and pass game. I thought that we served aggressively and received their serves well. When we serve aggressively and get their setter on the run and she can't set from the net, we can defend them a lot easier. I thought on the other side of that, we passed their serve really well so our setter was not on the run. We were able to run our offense from a certain spot. When you can't run your offense from a certain spot, it becomes easy to defend to you."
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