Oct. 27, 2012
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (University Gym)
Score: Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (25-15, 32-30, 25-17)
Records: U-M (17-9, 5-7 Big Ten), IU (10-14, 2-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 2 -- vs. Nebraska (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 17 kills and 10 digs and the University of Michigan volleyball team used a marathon set two win to propel it to a straight-set victory over Indiana Saturday night (Oct. 27) at the University Gym. Set scores were 25-15, 32-30 and 25-17.
Erwin collected her 12th double-double of the season and was one of three Wolverines to earn double digits in kills. Junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) had 15 kills and fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) added 10 terminations. Sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 43 assists and almost made it a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) had three blocks for the Maize and Blue.
Michigan hit .385 and held the Hoosiers to a .000 hitting percentage to take the first set 25-15. McElheny gave the Maize and Blue a 3-0 lead with a kill. Michigan went up 6-2 on a Hoosier attack error and built a 12-7 lead on freshman Krystalyn Goode's (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) kill. Erwin's termination gave U-M a 16-10 lead and the Wolverines went up 19-11 on back-to-back Indiana attack errors. Cross had a solo block for a 20-11 Michigan lead and Toon's kill gave U-M a 23-14 lead. The Wolverines won the first set on an assisted block from Goode and McElheny. McElheny had four kills in that set, while Dannemiller added four digs.
Michigan won a thrilling second set 32-30 as it featured 14 ties and multiple set points for both teams. Indiana had the hot hand to start out the second set, taking a 5-2 lead on a Wolverine attack error. Erwin and Cross joined up for a block to cut the IU lead to 5-4, but a Hoosier block extended their lead to 8-4. The Wolverines fought back, tying the set at 10-all on a Toon kill and taking a 12-10 lead on an Erwin dig that ended up as a kill. Indiana tied the set at 13 on back-to-back blocks, but a Cross tip kill gave the Maize and Blue a 16-14 advantage. A Cross ace made it 21-19 Wolverines and Michigan had its first set point at 24-22 on McElheny's kill. It was the first of six set points the Wolverines had in that set. Indiana battled back and had set point at 25-24, but Erwin's kill thwarted an IU victory. Haverly had a kill for IU, but her attack error tied it at 26. Another Indiana attack error gave Michigan a set point, but the Wolverines had their own error, making it 27-all. Erwin set up a set point with a kill, but Haverly answered with a kill of her own. Amelia Anderson's kill gave IU set point, but a Toon kill and block from McElheny and Dannemiller made it 30-29 in Michigan's favor. Haverly's termination tied it at 30, but back-to-back kills from Toon gave Michigan the 2-0 lead.
Michigan used its momentum to dominate in the match's third set, hitting a blistering .615. Erwin gave Michigan a 7-3 lead on a kill. Toon made it 11-6 Maize and Blue with a kill of her own. Erwin's kill gave U-M a 13-7 lead and an Indiana attack error pushed the lead to 15-8. Toon gave Michigan a 20-11 lead on a kill and Goode's termination made it 22-15 in favor of U-M. Erwin gave Michigan match point off a kill and Cross sealed it with a kill for a straight-set win.
Michigan hit .355 on the night, while holding IU to a .153 hitting percentage. Michigan had six blocks on the night and held a 44-33 dig advantage.
Michigan returns to Cliff Keen Arena to start a four-match homestand this Friday (Nov. 2) against Nebraska. First serve between the Wolverines and Cornhuskers is scheduled for 7 p.m.
N O T E S
Michigan now owns a 35-34-1 series advantage on Indiana.
The 32-30 second set is the longest set the Wolverines have had since Michigan lost 32-30 to Pepperdine on Sept. 10, 2011.
Molly Toon tied a career high with 15 kills in tonight's match. She also had 15 kills in the NCAA Tournament first round game against Baylor on Dec. 2, 2011.
Michigan's .355 hitting percentage included a blistering .615 in the match's third set.
Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak in tonight's game and has now won 12 of the last 13 matches against the Hoosiers.
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