Oct. 10, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, #22 Illinois 0 (25-16, 25-19, 26-24)
Records: U-M (15-6, 3-4 Big Ten), Illinois (8-9, 2-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 13 -- vs. Northwestern (Cliff Keen Arena), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) led three players in double figures in kills with 14 and the University of Michigan volleyball team hit .304 in a straight-set win over No. 22 Illinois Wednesday night (Oct. 10) at Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-16, 25-19 and 26-24 in a game televised on the Big Ten Network.
Cross added seven digs and seven blocks to go along with her 14 kills. Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had a team-high 17 digs, while sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs. Freshman Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) added five block assists.
Michigan hit .393 and held the Fighting Illini to a .029 hitting percentage in the first-set win. The Wolverines jumped out to an 8-5 lead on a McElheny kill, then went up 11-6 on a termination from Cross. Illinois fought back to make it a 12-11 deficit on a Liz McMahon kill, but a Michigan mini 5-2 run was capped by a McElheny kill. At 17-14, U-M scored the next five points as an assisted block from Goode and Erwin put the Wolverines up 22-14. Goode then teamed up with Cross for a block on set point, giving the Maize and Blue the 25-16 win.
Michigan took a 6-5 lead in the second set on an Erwin kill and never trailed the rest of the way. The Maize and Blue went up 12-9 on a kill from McElheny and 15-11 on a termination from freshman Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central). A 5-0 run from the Wolverines put Michigan up 19-14 on a McElheny kill. Michigan scored the final four points of the set, as an Erwin kill from freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) gave U-M the 25-19 win.
There were 10 ties and five lead changes in the third set. Illinois went up 10-6 on a McMahon kill, but the Wolverines eventually tied the set at 13 on a Davis kill. The set was tied again at 19 after consecutive blocks from the Wolverines. Michigan went up 22-20 and 23-21 on Cross kills, but Illinois eventually took a 24-23 lead on a Fighting Illini block. After a U-M timeout, McElheny's kill tied the set at 24, then a Davis termination gave Michigan match point. Goode and McElheny combined on a block to give the Maize and Blue the straight-set win.
U-M had 10 blocks on the night and held Illinois to a .188 hitting percentage. The Wolverines also enjoyed a 52-49 advantage on digs.
Michigan hosts Northwestern this Saturday (Oct. 13) at 7:30 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena. The start time is a change from the original schedule. [ Tickets ]
N O T E S
Michigan snaps a three-game losing streak on the season and a three-game losing streak to Illinois. The last win over the Fighting Illini occurred on Oct. 9, 2010, in Cliff Keen in a four-set win.
Jennifer Cross led the team in kills for the fifth time this season and the 10th time in her career. Cross had 14 kills in the match.
Cross recorded seven-plus blocks for the sixth time this season. She now has 110 blocks this year.
Lexi Dannemiller earned her seventh double-double of the year and 22nd in her career with her 39-assist, 10-dig performance in the win.
Ally Sabol led Michigan in digs for the third time this season (17) and the sixth time in her career. Sabol registered double-digit digs for the seventh time this year.
Mark Rosen earns a win over a nationally ranked opponent for the second time this season and the 36th time at Michigan. U-M defeated No. 25 Northern Iowa in four sets on Sept. 8, 2012.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423