Oct. 18, 2013
Site: Madison, Wis. (UW Field House)
Score: #16 Michigan 3, #15 Wisconsin 0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-21)
Records: U-M (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten), UW (15-4, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 19 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CDT
MADISON, Wis. - The 16th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team picked up its first-ever road sweep of Wisconsin on Friday night (Oct. 18), defeating the 15th-ranked Badgers, 28-26, 25-20, 25-21, inside UW Field House.
Senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) was one of three Wolverines to record double digits in kills as she had 12 terminations on the night. Sophomore Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) added 11 kills apiece. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 35 assists and eight digs, while senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 16 and 14 digs, respectively. Cross added five of Michigan's 11 blocks on the night.
The Wolverines took a back-and-forth first set with big blocks in the latter half. Wisconsin went up 5-3 after back-to-back aces, but the Maize and Blue answered, going ahead 10-9 after an Erwin termination. Michigan tied the set at 13 on a Badger error, but Wisconsin scored the next two points. A Dannemiller kill tied it at 15, and blocks from Goode and Dannemiller made it 17-all. The Badgers pushed ahead 20-18, but Goode's kill knotted it at 20. Back-to-back blocks by Erwin and Cole gave Michigan a 22-20 advantage, and the Wolverines had set point at 24-23 on Erwin's kill. Wisconsin battled to get set point, which Erwin staved off on a kill. A Cross kill gave Michigan its third set point, and she combined with Davis on a block to give U-M the early 1-0 advantage. There were 20 ties and 10 lead changes in the first set.
Michigan controlled the second set early then held on to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room. U-M went up 6-1 on back-to-back kills from Cross. Another Cross termination gave Michigan an 8-1 lead. Cross earned a kill of her dig to give the Maize and Blue a 10-3 lead. The Wolverines then went up 15-8 after a Goode kill and 19-11 on a Davis termination, before Wisconsin had a rotation error at 23-17 to give Michigan set point. The Badgers fought off three set points, but Cross' seventh kill of the set pushed it to 2-0.
Wisconsin jumped out to a 6-4 lead in the third set after a block, but Michigan came back to tie the match at seven on back-to-back blocks from Davis, who made it 9-7 Wolverines with a termination. Michigan moved ahead 14-12 on a Goode kill, and an Erwin termination off a Badger overpass gave U-M a 16-14 lead, forcing UW to call time. The set tightened up late as Davis' kill put the Maize and Blue up, 20-19. Michigan had two blocks in a row for a 23-20 advantage and ended the match on back-to-back terminations from Davis and Cole.
The Wolverines hit .223 on the night, compared to .119 for the Badgers. Wisconsin had a 66-62 dig advantage.
Michigan continues its three-match road trip this Saturday (Oct. 19) at No. 10 Minnesota. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.
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