Wolverines Drop Annual Pink Match to Michigan State
Ally Sabol

Oct. 17, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: Michigan State 3, Michigan 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20)
Records: U-M (16-7, 4-5 Big Ten), MSU (16-5, 4-5 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,447
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 20 -- vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team fell to Michigan State, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-20, in its annual Pink Match Wednesday night (Oct. 17) at Cliff Keen Arena.

Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) led Michigan with 13 kills, while junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) led three Wolverines in double figures in digs with 15 apiece. Fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) had five blocks and Dannemiller added 25 assists.

Michigan had an 8-6 lead in the opening set on an assisted block from McElheny and Dannemiller, but Michigan State used a Lauren Wicinski kill to take a 10-9 advantage. MSU took a 15-11 lead on a Taylor Galloway kill and went up 19-12 on a termination from Amy Dentlinger. Michigan cut the Spartan advantage to 22-19 on a McElheny kill, but the Spartans closed out the set on blocks by Alexis Mathews and Kelsey Kuipers to take the early lead.

Michigan State went up 6-2 in the second set on a block, then took an 8-3 lead on a Dentlinger kill. A kill from junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) cut the lead to 8-6, but Michigan State used a 6-0 run to take a 16-9 lead that was highlighted by three straight Wicinski kills. MSU went up 22-13 on a service ace and wrapped up the set on a Jazmine White kill. MSU hit .341 in the set.

There were nine ties in the third set as a Cross kill knotted the set at five-all. Michigan State went up 10-7 on a Halle Peterson kill, but two straight Erwin kills helped the Wolverines tie the set at 10. Tied at 13-all, Michigan State scored three straight points on a Dentlinger kill and back-to-back blocks. The Spartans then went up 21-16 on a Wolverine attack error. A Cross kill made it 23-19 MSU, but a Kuipers kill closed out the match at 25-20.

U-M hit .113 for the match, while the Spartans had a .312 hitting percentage. Michigan State had a slight 54-53 advantage on digs and had 11 blocks.

Michigan ends its four-match homestand this Saturday (Oct. 20) against No. 1 Penn State. The match starts at 7 p.m. and is a Maize Out at Cliff Keen Arena.


• Michigan wore long-sleeved pink jerseys for its Pink Match. The jerseys were auctioned off to help raise money for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

• Michigan falls to 10-2 on the season in three-set matches.

• Michigan State now leads the overall series 48-36.

Lexi Dannemiller earned her eighth double-double of the season and 23rd of her career with 25 assists and 15 digs.

Lexi Erwin led Michigan in kills (13) for the 15th time this year.

Claire McElheny recorded a season-high five blocks. Her previous high was four on three occasions.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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