Oct. 19, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)
Score: #10 Minnesota 3, #16 Michigan 1 (15-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23)
Records: U-M (13-6, 3-5 Big Ten), Minnesota (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The 16th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team grabbed a 25-15 win in set one before dropping the next three 25-20, 25-22 and 25-23 at No. 10 Minnesota on Saturday night (Oct. 19) in front of 5,638 fans at the Sports Pavilion.
For the second straight night, senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) led U-M in kills, with 14. She also tied a career high with nine blocks and added five digs. Sophomore Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) blasted down 11 kills, while junior Lexi Dannemiller(West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 47 assists and made it a double-double with 11 digs. Sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) led Michigan with 17 digs, while seniors Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) tallied 15 and 13 digs, respectively.
Michigan jumped out to the lead in the first set, going up 3-0 on a Morales service ace and 7-2 after a Cross kill. The Wolverines went up 9-2 on a Gopher error and 13-6 on sophomore Krystalyn Goode's (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) termination. Morales' second ace of the match gave U-M a 15-9 lead. Freshman Abby Cole's (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) kill put Michigan up 17-10 while Davis' kill made it 22-14. Dannemiller's ace gave the Maize and Blue a 23-14 advantage and Michigan finished the set with a Cole kill at 25-15. The Wolverines hit .500 for the set and held the Golden Gophers to a .167 hitting percentage.
Minnesota scored the first three points of the second set and never trailed in the 25-20 win. A Daly Santana kill gave the Gophers a 6-4 lead. The Wolverines battled to tie the set at 11 after a Cross termination and at 15 after Davis' kill. Back-to-back Michigan errors put the Gophers up 19-16 and a Minnesota block made it 21-17. Erwin's kill cut the lead to 22-19 but a block and service ace wrapped up the set for the Golden Gophers.
The third set was a back-and-forth battle from the start. Cross' kill tied it at three while her ace gave the Wolverines a 6-5 lead. Dannemiller's ace put the Maize and Blue up 9-7 as Minnesota called timeout. Minnesota battled back to a 12-all tie on a service ace, but Michigan answered by taking a 15-13 lead after a Dannemiller kill. Davis' kill made it 17-15 Wolverines. A kill by Cross made it 20-19 U-M as the team's traded points until a Minnesota block put the Gophers ahead 22-21. Minnesota went up 24-21 on two straight Wolverine attack error and won the set on Tori Dixon's kill.
Michigan built an early 3-1 lead on senior Molly Toon's (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) kill, but the Gophers went up 7-5 after Santana's termination. Toon's kill tied the set at nine, but Minnesota scored five of the next six points as a Wolverine attack error made it 14-10 Gophers. Davis had a kill to cut Minnesota's lead to 15-14 but back-to-back service aces from Karrie Hauer put the Golden Gophers up 18-14. Ashley Wittman's kill put Minnesota up 23-18 but the Wolverines started their rally. Cross teamed with Dannemiller on a block at 23-20 and Cross joined Toon on a roof at 23-21. Toon had kills at 23-22 and 24-23 but Dixon's kill out of the Gopher timeout gave Minnesota the 3-1 win.
Michigan had 11 total blocks for the second straight match while holding a 73-71 dig advantage. The Wolverines hit .168 for the night, while Minnesota had a .145 hitting percentage.
Michigan wraps up the road trip Wednesday night (Oct. 23) as the Wolverines take on in-state rival Michigan State. First serve at Jenison Field House in East Lansing is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423