Cross Breaks Blocks Mark in Five-Set Loss to No. 9 Nebraska
Jennifer Cross

Oct. 11, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #9 Nebraska 3, #17 Michigan 2 (25-13, 28-26, 10-25, 20-25, 15-8)
Records: U-M (11-5, 1-4 Big Ten), NEB (12-2, 5-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,800 (sell out)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 12 -- vs. Iowa (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) broke the University of Michigan volleyball team career total blocks record, and No. 17 U-M came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set in a losing effort against No. 9 Nebraska on Friday night (Oct. 11) in front of a sold-out Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-13, 28-26, 10-25, 20-25 and 15-8.

Cross had a team high 13 kills to go with her blocks mark, which now stands at 475. Freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 12 terminations apiece. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 44 assists, while senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had 13 digs. Sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had seven blocks with Cole adding six.

Nebraska hit .600 in the match's first set to take a 1-0 lead on the Maize and Blue. Nebraska won the first three points of the set and never looked back. A Cornhusker kill made it 8-3, with the Wolverines calling timeout. Cross' kill cut the deficit to 10-6, but a 7-0 Nebraska run extended it to a 19-8 advantage. Back-to-back kills from Cross made it 23-12, but Nebraska wrapped up the set on a Meghan Haggerty termination.

There were 13 ties in the second set, including one at 3-all on a Nebraska rotation error. Michigan took a 10-8 lead on a Goode solo block, but the Cornhuskers came back to go up 14-12 on back-to-back blocks. U-M tied the set at 17 on a Husker attack error and at 21 on Erwin's kill. Michigan took a 23-22 lead on a termination from Cross, but Nebraska forced set point on Kelsey Robinson's kill. The Wolverines scored the next two points to force their own set points after a Cross kill and Husker error. Michigan had another set point at 26-25 on Erwin's kill. Nebraska scored the final three points of the set to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

Michigan hit a blistering .560, compared to -.036 for Nebraska in the third set. The big run in the set was served by fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), starting at 8-6 on Cole's kill. Goode had three kills in that 7-0 run, which was capped by blocks from Goode and Erwin to make it 15-6 Wolverines. Sabol's serve started a 4-0 run with two kills and a block from Erwin, who served out the set for the 25-10 win, which included the record-break block from Cross at 24-10.

For the second straight set, Michigan's defense forced Nebraska into hitting negative in the 25-20 win. Nebraska jumped out early, taking a 6-3 lead on back-to-back Robinson kills, but Michigan eventually tied the score at 10 after a Husker error. A Cole kill made it 14-11 Wolverines. Michigan went up 18-15 on a Cross termination, and sophomore Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) teamed with Goode on a block to give Michigan a 21-18 advantage. Goode closed out the set with a kill, forcing the fifth and deciding set.

Michigan scored the fifth set's first two points on kills from Erwin and Cole, but Nebraska hit .533 (8-0-15), which Michigan had six attack errors. A Cross service ace tied the set at six, but Nebraska answered with a 7-0 off Robinson's serve. The Cornhuskers ended the match on a Kadie Rolfzen kill at 15-8.

U-M hit .203 for the match, compared to .238 for Nebraska. The Wolverines had 12 total blocks and a 55-50 dig advantage.

Michigan faces Iowa Saturday night (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena in the annual Pink Match to benefit the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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