Oct. 21, 2009
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: #11 Michigan 3, Michigan State 0 (33-31, 25-22, 26-24)
Records: U-M (18-4, 6-3 Big Ten), MSU (14-7, 2-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 24 - at No. 9 Minnesota (Williams Arena), 7 p.m. (CDT)
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Behind a season-high 19 kills from sophomore Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph), the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team swept host Michigan State, 33-31, 25-22, 26-24 Wednesday night (Oct. 21) in front of 4,309 fans at the Breslin Center and a national television audience on the Big Ten Network.
Seniors Veronica Rood (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) and Juliana Paz (Porto Allegre, Brazil/Iowa Western CC) joined Hunt is double-figures with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Meanwhile, sophomore Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) posted 41 assists and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.
In the deciding third set, the Wolverines jump out to an early lead and withstood a MSU rally to build a six-point advantage at 20-14. Michigan then watched as the Spartans rallied back to tie the set at 24-all before a Paz kill and block finally gave the Wolverines the 26-24 victory and a sweep of MSU.
The opening set was a nip and tuck affair with neither team able to extend more than a three-point lead throughout the set. With the score knotted at 19, the Wolverines got back-to-back terminations from Paz and Hunt to take a 21-19 lead and force MSU into its first timeout of the night. Following the stoppage, Hunt added another kill and Paz aced U-M to a 23-19 lead and a second MSU timeout. Hunt posted another quick kill following the stop before five straight errors by the Wolverines allowed MSU to forge a 24-24 tie. The two teams traded blows from there taking the set into extra points before a Hunt kill and MSU attack error finally gave the Maize and Blue a 33-31 victory.
Set two followed suit with set one early with the teams exchanging points up to the midway point. MSU then went on a run, reeling off three straight to make it 20-16 and forcing a U-M timeout.The stop paid dividends for U-M as the Wolverines reeled off five unanswered points to take a 21-20 lead.Michigan held onto that advantage down the stretch with Paz sealing a 25-22 win and 2-0 set lead with her second service ace of the night.
The Wolverines have a two-day break before heading to Minneapolis, Minn., for a Saturday night (Oct. 24) affair with the Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. (CDT) at Williams Arena. The match will be televised live via BigTenNetwork.com with MGoBlue.com providing a live game chat and live stats.
N O T E S
The win over MSU marked the third in the last five meetings for Michigan and the second straight.
U-M's 33-31 set one victory marked the longest set in terms of points this season, besting a 31-29 win in set two over Notre Dame on Sept. 6.
Freshman setter Catherine Yager (St. Michael, Minn./Albertville) made her collegiate debut in set two for the injured Zimmerman, registering her first career set and dig in the process.
Sophomore Alex Hunt posted a season-high 19 kills in the win, eclipsing her previous season best of 16 set last Friday (Oct. 16) versus No. 1 Penn State.
Contact: Matt Fancett (734) 763-4423