Comeback Wins Catapult Wolverines to Victory at No. 10 MSU

Oct. 23, 2013

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Fieldhouse)
Score: #17 Michigan 3, #10 Michigan State 1 (20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 32-30)
Records: U-M (14-6, 4-5 Big Ten), MSU (17-4, 6-3 Big Ten)
Attendance: 6,183
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 26 -- vs. Purdue (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The 17th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team earned comeback wins in the final three sets, including a 32-30 win in the fourth and deciding set, as the Maize and Blue defeated No. 10 Michigan State, 3-1, Wednesday night (Oct. 23) in front of 6,183 fans inside Jenison Fieldhouse. Set scores were 20-25, 25-22, 26-24 and 32-30.

Freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) led Michigan with 15 kills on the night, while senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) was Michigan's third double-digit kill performer with 11 terminations. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 41 assists and seven digs, while sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 20 digs.

The Wolverines scored the first point of the match, but Michigan State put up the next five points, capped by back-to-back Wolverine errors. Michigan came back to tie it at seven after blocks from Cole and sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and a Spartan attack error. MSU went on a 7-0 run after that as Kelsey Kuipers' block made it 14-7 Spartans. A Dannemiller kill cut the Spartan lead to 17-13 but Michigan State up its lead to five points (20-15) on Lauren Wicinski's service ace. A Cole solo block made it 23-19 MSU but a Michigan error and Autumn Christenson kill gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines' 5-0 run to end the second set tied the match going into the locker room. Michigan took a 5-4 lead in the second set after senior Jennifer Cross' (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) kill, but back-to-back Michigan State blocks gave the Spartans a 7-5 lead. Alexis Mathews' kill from the middle put MSU up 10-6, then Michigan went on a 4-0 run capped by an Erwin termination. Wicinski had back-to-back kills to make it 13-10 Spartans as the Maize and Blue called timeout. Kori Moster's ace gave MSU a 16-12 lead but the Wolverines rallied. Cole's kill cut the lead to 16-14 then back-to-back errors by the Spartans tied it at 17. The Maize and Blue took a 20-19 lead after a Spartan error but MSU scored the next three points as Wicinski's kill made it 22-20. The Wolverines again battled back, building a 23-22 lead on back-to-back Cole terminations. The Wolverines scored the final two points out of the Spartan timeout on a ball-handling error and an attack error from MSU.

Neither team led by more than one point in the third set until a Kristen Kelsay ace gave MSU an 8-6 lead. Kelsay's kill put MSU up 12-9, but Michigan battled back to tie the set at 13 on blocks from Toon and Cross. The Wolverines took a 14-13 lead on a Cross kill, then the Spartans scored five of the next seven points as a Maize and Blue error made it 18-16 MSU. Michigan came back to tie the set at 20 on an Erwin termination, then took a 21-20 lead on Morales' ace. Michigan State, though, scored the next three points, capped by a Wicinski kill for a 23-20 lead. Michigan State had set point at 24-22 on Christenson's kill before Michigan took over the set. A service error followed by an attack error tied the set at 24. Michigan forced set point and won the set on back-to-back kills by Cross.

Michigan won an epic fourth set 32-30 that featured 23 ties and 11 lead changes. The Maize and Blue took a 5-3 lead in the fourth set on a Toon kill, but the Spartans scored the next three points, capped by an MSU block. A kill by Cole moved the Wolverines on top 11-10, but Wicinski got going on her serve as an ace put the Spartans ahead 14-12. Michigan tied the set at 15 on an ace from sophomore Lindsey Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) and went ahead 16-15 on a Toon kill as MSU called timeout. Lerg had another ace to put the Maize and Blue up two, but Taylor Galloway's back-to-back aces made it 20-18 Spartans. Erwin tied the set at 21 on a kill and Michigan took the 22-21 lead on blocks from Goode and Cole. Michigan State used back-to-back kills from Wicinski to force a set point at 24-23. An Erwin kill and service error for Michigan State staved off two set points. Toon's kill gave Michigan its first match point at 26-25. Toon had another kill at 28-27 but Michigan State earned another set-point opportunity on back-to-back Michigan errors at 29-28. Toon's kill and service ace put the Wolverines back on top 30-29. Michigan State fought off a match point on Wicinski's kill, but Erwin's two straight kills ended the match and gave the Wolverines the win over their in-state rival.

Michigan hit .132 on the night but upped its total to .362 in the fourth set. The two teams combined for 55 attack errors and 26 service errors.

Michigan wraps up the first half of the Big Ten schedule this Saturday (Oct. 26) against Purdue inside Cliff Keen Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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