Oct. 29, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Result: #22 Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-12)
Records: U-M (16-8, 4-8 Big Ten), Indiana (8-16, 0-12 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 4 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team swept Indiana, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-12), on Saturday night (Oct. 29) at Cliff Keen Arena. Senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) put down 10 kills to lead five players with at least seven kills.
The outside hitter tandem of sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) each put down nine kills, with sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) tallying eight and senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) going for seven. Freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) directed the U-M offense -- which hit .250 -- with 37 assists and senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) once again led the defense with 18 digs.
Michigan never trailed in the first set, turning an 8-6 advantage into a 15-9 lead when Cross recorded a solo block of the Indiana attacker. The U-M lead grew to as many as seven, before a Cross quick kill in the middle gave the Wolverines a 25-20 decision.
The Maize and Blue jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the second, scoring six consecutive points on the serve of Erwin to take command of the set. Indiana closed the gap to two points at 16-14, but Fletcher found the floor as Michigan regained control en route to a 25-19 triumph.
The Wolverines hit .500 in the final set, limiting to Indiana to just eight kills and a .067 attack percentage in a 25-12 win. Hunt totaled five kills in the frame, followed by four from Erwin as the Wolverines had just one attack error in the set.
Michigan hits the road for the next four contests, first traveling to Lincoln, Neb., to face No. 1-ranked Nebraska on Friday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m. CDT.
N OT E S
Michigan picked up the season sweep of Indiana, its first season sweep of an opponent in 2011.
U-M has won 10 of the past 11 matches against Indiana.
Indiana leads the all-time series, 34-33-1.
Courtney Fletcher went for double-figure kills for the 11th time this season and the 17th time in her career.
Michigan is 16-0 when recording a better attack percentage than its opponents.
Lauren Teknipp made her sixth career appearance tonight, playing for a two-point stretch in the second set.
Michigan (9.0) totaled more blocks than its opponent (6.5) for the first time since a 3-0 win over Iowa on Sept. 30.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On tonight's win ... "It feels great. It is a stressful situation because everyone wants to win and everyone is playing hard. Everyone is trying to get better and we are getting better. We are playing hard and it is tough to do that and not get the pay day of a win. Today, we got paid and it felt great. It is nice to get that off our back and just play volleyball. I feel like we have gotten rid of that baggage (of losing) tonight."
On his message from last night's loss against Purdue to tonight ... "I think the biggest thing is being resilient. I did tell that I loved how they approached last night. I thought about it and did not want them to approach tonight any differently than they did last night. I thought they were ready to play both nights and I just wanted them to come away with a different outcome tonight."
On the balanced offense both nights ... "We do control the ball well. Last night, we passed a 2.4 on a 3.0 scale and that is a great number. It allowed us to be really balanced. We did that again tonight, to be able to get 10, nine, nine, eight, seven kills from our attackers really shows what kind of ball control we had. I think that is how this team is built. We don't have that big terminator who everyone in the gym knows is going to get the ball point after point."
On Lexi Erwin ... "I think one of the big keys tonight was Lexi Erwin. She left the match last night feeling a little down and it was tough for her. We had a lot of people who were in positions to win the game against Purdue, but it was different for her because she was put in a position where she could lose the game. And she didn't lose us the game because we did a lot of things that lost us that game. But she felt like it was on her and she came back tonight and played great. I was really proud of her."
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