Oct. 13, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, Northwestern 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-22)
Records: U-M (16-6, 4-4 Big Ten), NW (13-6, 2-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Oct. 17 -- vs. Michigan State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team used a balanced attack on offense and forced Northwestern into 24 errors in a three-set win over the Wildcats Saturday night (Oct. 13) on Alumnae Night at Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22.
Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 12 kills to lead the Wolverines, while freshman Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) added nine terminations. Freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 12 digs and classmate Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) assisted on five of Michigan's 10 blocks. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 37 assists.
Michigan took a 6-3 lead in the opening set on an Erwin kill, before the Wildcats used three straight points to tie the set. There were 10 ties in set, the last coming at 15-all on NU's Yewande Akanbi's kill. Michigan went on a 3-0 mini-run, capped by a service ace from Erwin, whose kill gave the Maize and Blue a 20-18 advantage. Dannemiller's termination then gave Michigan set-point at 24-21. Northwestern fought off two set points, before another Dannemiller kill gave the Wolverines the set. Michigan hit .318 with 18 kills in the opener.
Michigan limited Northwestern to a .093 hitting percentage, which included 10 errors, in the second set. Northwestern took an early 9-5 lead, forcing the Wolverines to call time. Eventually, the Wolverines tied the set at 11 on a Wildcat attack error and took a 13-12 lead on a service ace from freshman Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton). Michigan went on top 17-13 on a block from Goode and junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and was up 20-15 on an Erwin solo block. Fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) ended the second set with a kill off the Dannemiller assist, giving the Wolverines the 2-0 advantage.
The third set had nine ties and four lead changes. Michigan built a 6-4 lead on a Northwestern attack error and went up 8-5 on Cross' kill. Northwestern came back to tie the set at nine on a kill from Savannah Paffen, part of a 4-0 Wildcat run. Northwestern had a 15-12 lead after a Katie Dutchman kill, but Michigan eventually tied it at 16 on a Dutchman attack error. The Wolverines took a 19-18 lead on an Erwin kill and Davis' termination gave the Maize and Blue the two-point lead (20-18). Northwestern tied it at 21 on a Michigan block error, but an NU error and Davis kill made it 23-21. McElheny's kill made it match point and an error by the Wildcats gave Michigan its second straight home sweep.
U-M hit .291 on the night with only 10 errors. Northwestern hit .174, while Michigan had four service aces, including a pair from Erwin.
Michigan continues its homestand this Wednesday night (Oct. 17) against in-state rival Michigan State. First serve at Cliff Keen Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. and it is the Wolverines' annual Pink Game.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423