Oct. 30, 2010
Site: Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin Field House)
Result: #15 Michigan 3, Wisconsin 1 (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19)
Records: U-M (20-4, 9-3 Big Ten), Wisconsin (14-9, 3-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Nov. 5 -- vs. Penn State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m. (TV: ESPN2 tape delay)
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team won at Wisconsin for the first time since 1992, knocking off the Badgers, 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19), on Saturday night (Oct. 30) at Wisconsin Field House.
Three Wolverines tallied double-digit kills, led by 20 from junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) and 16 from redshirt sophomore right side Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf). Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) was the other Wolverine in double figures, putting down 10 kills.
Freshman outside hitter Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had eight terminations, junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) anchored the U-M defense with 19 digs and senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) went for 49 assists, 16 digs, four blocks and three kills in the win.
U-M jumped out in front 7-0 in the fourth set on the serving of senior defensive specialist Maggie Busch (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Christian), keeping at least a four-point cushion throughout the set. UW pulled within four at 20-16, but Michigan reeled off three quick points on two McElheny kills and a Hunt service ace en route to a 25-19 victory.
Tied at 14-all in the first, U-M went on a 9-3 run, taking a 23-17 advantage. Three straight Wisconsin points forced a Michigan timeout, but a subsequent UW attack error and Erwin kill gave Michigan a 25-20 first-set victory. Hunt led the way with six kills, with junior middle blocker Courtney Fletcher (Duluth, Ga./Northview) chipping in three to lead an offense that hit at a .297 clip.
Michigan grabbed a 16-12 advantage midway through the second set, but Wisconsin responded by scoring nine of the next 13 points to take a 21-20 lead. Kills from McElheny on the right side and Erwin on the outside gave Michigan the lead for good at 22-21, as the Wolverines used a service ace from Hunt and two more McElheny terminations for the 25-22 win. McElheny (six kills) and Hunt (seven kills) paced the U-M attack in the set.
The Wolverines fell behind 11-6 in the early going of the third set before slowly chipping away at the Badger lead. McElheny knotted the set at 22-22 with a slide kill, but the Badgers found the floor on the outside and used a block to take their first set point of the contest. Following the U-M timeout, the Badgers blocked Erwin's attack attempt for the 25-22 win. The Wolverines fell victim to 7.5 Wisconsin blocks in the frame, hitting just .154 to Wisconsin's .345.
The Wolverines return home on Friday (Nov. 5), welcoming Penn State, currently ranked No. 9 nationally, for a 7 p.m. match at Cliff Keen Arena. The contest will air on ESPN2 on Sunday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m.
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