Oct. 26, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #21 Purdue 3, #17 Michigan 1 (25-20, 13-25, 25-22, 25-20)
Records: U-M (14-7, 4-6 Big Ten), PUR (15-6, 6-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 1 -- vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 8 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 17th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team won the second set in convincing fashion but fell to No. 21 Purdue, 3-1, on Saturday night (Oct. 26) inside Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-20, 13-25, 25-22 and 25-20.
Senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) led Michigan's offense with 16 kills and a .414 hitting percentage. She was one of four Wolverines in double figures in kills. Freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 14 kills apiece, and senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) added 10. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had a double-double with 48 assists and 17 digs, while sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had five blocks on the night. Sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) also had 17 digs for the match.
Purdue hit .500 to take the first set 25-20 over the Wolverines. Michigan scored the first two points of the match and led 3-2 after a Goode kill. Michigan enjoyed a 5-4 lead after a Cross kill, but Purdue went up 8-6 on Kierra Jones' termination and 10-7 after an Annie Drews kill. Michigan called timeout after a Sam Epenesa kill made it 12-8. Purdue built a 16-12 lead after a Val Nichol kill. Michigan chipped away at the Boilermaker lead as an Erwin service ace cut the lead to 16-15. It was 19-18 Purdue after a Boilermaker attack error but that would be as close as the Maize and Blue got to the lead. Kills by Catherine Rebarchak and Epenesa closed out the set.
It was Michigan's turn to hit .500 in a set, taking the second by a 25-13 count. An Erwin kill put the Wolverines on top 4-1. Blocks from Toon and Goode made it 8-4 and a Cole termination made it 11-6 Michigan. Cross' kill gave Michigan a 15-8 lead and she served out three points that gave the Maize and Blue a 19-10 lead. Kills from Cole and Toon and a Boilermaker attack errors put U-M on top 23-11 and the Wolverines went to the locker room tied at one after an Erwin kill at 25-13.
Michigan led by as much as seven points in the third set before Purdue rallied to take a 2-1 advantage. Senior Ally Sabol's (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) gave Michigan a 5-2 lead. Goode had a kill at 8-4 and Cole's termination made it 12-7. Blocks from Goode and Cole gave Michigan a 14-8 lead. It was 16-9 after a successful Erwin swing, but Purdue scored the next seven points, tying the set at 16 on blocks from Jones and Espenesa. Michigan went back on top 19-17 on a Boilermaker attack error. Purdue then went on a mini 3-0 run, capped by a Michigan error. A Faye Adelaja kill gave Purdue a 22-20 lead. It was 23-21 on Catherine Rebarchak's termination and she closed out the match at 25-22 on a kill.
Purdue scored the first three points of the fourth set and never looked back. The Boilermakers went up 5-1 on a Epenesa kill and took an 8-3 advantage on a Wolverine error. A Michigan service error put Purdue up 12-8. Cole solo block cut Purdue's lead to 13-12, but the Boilermakers scored the next five points which included three straight blocks. Nichol's kill gave Purdue a 23-17 lead and Rebarchak closed out the match with a kill at 25-20.
Michigan hit .224 on the night, compared to .277 for the Boilermakers. Michigan had a 57-54 dig advantage and had nine blocks on the night.
Michigan hosts Penn State this Friday night (Nov. 1) at 8 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena. The match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423