Michigan Loses to No. 2 Penn State Despite First-Set Win
Lexi Erwin

Nov. 1, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #2 Penn State 3, #17 Michigan 1 (16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-16)
Records: U-M (14-8, 4-7 Big Ten), PSU (19-2, 10-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 2 -- vs. Ohio State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 17th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team started on an 8-0 run and had seven blocks in a first-set win but fell to No. 2 Penn State in four Friday night (Nov. 1) inside Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 16-25, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-16.

Senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had a match-high 20 kills and made it a double-double with 10 digs, while classmate Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) had 14 terminations. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had a double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs, sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 17 digs, and fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) tied a career high with 11 digs. Meanwhile, freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had six and five blocks, respectively.

Michigan scored the first eight points of the match, which included senior Jennifer Cross' (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) 420th career block assist, breaking U-M's career mark. The run was capped by a Penn State error. Erwin had six kills in that set, including ones at 16-9 and 18-10. A Cole kill put U-M up 20-11, and Erwin's termination made it 23-15. Michigan closed the set on blocks from Goode and Cole, the seventh block of the set.

Michigan fell behind early in the second set but battled back to take a 16-15 lead on a Cross kill. The Wolverines tied the set at 17 on an Erwin kill, but the Nittany Lions scored the next three points and made it 22-19 after an Ariel Scott kill. The Nittany Lions tied the match at one set apiece after a Megan Courtney kill and Michigan attack error at 25-22.

The third set was similar to the second as Penn State had an early lead, but the Wolverines took a 13-11 lead on blocks from Goode and Cole. Penn State scored the next three points, and Erwin's termination tied the set at 14. Cole had a kill at 15-all, before a 4-0 Penn State run was capped by a Courtney block. Courtney had a kill at 23-17, and Micha Hancock ended the set with a solo block at 25-20.

The Nittany Lions hit .485 in the fourth and final set to take the match. Courtney had three straight kills to put Penn State up 6-2. Michigan was as close at 15-12 on a Toon kill, but a Nia Grant service ace put Penn State up 17-12. The Nittany Lions made it 20-14 on blocks from Courtney and Katie Slay, part of a 7-2 run that ended the set. Kills from Cole and Erwin made it 22-16, but two kills from Courtney and a Scott kill ended the match.

Michigan hit .190 for the match, compared to .260 for Penn State. The Wolverines led the dig battle 66-61, while Penn State enjoyed a 17.0-11.5 block advantage.

Michigan will host Ohio State Saturday night (Nov. 2) at Cliff Keen Arena. First serve is at 7 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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