Block Party: Michigan Completes Comeback Win over Ohio State
Krystalyn Goode (lower) and Abby Cole

Nov. 2, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #17 Michigan 3, Ohio State 2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-7)
Records: U-M (15-8, 5-7 Big Ten), OSU (14-10, 2-10 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,800 (sell out)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 6 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 6:30 p.m. CST (TV: Big Ten Network)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 17th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team had 19 team blocks, which are two shy of a school record, and came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Ohio State, 3-2, Saturday night (Nov. 3) inside Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 and 15-7.

Sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) had eight blocks apiece, while senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had six apiece. Michigan had four players in double figures in kills, including 16 apiece from seniors Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park). Cross added 12 terminations, and Cole had 10 kills. Dannemiller recorded 50 assists, while senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Cailf./Marymount) and sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 13 and 12 digs, respectively.

Michigan started the fifth set on a 7-1 run. After the two teams traded points, fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) served and had a service ace, while the Wolverines had three team blocks, including solo by Cole. Ohio State had six attack errors in that run. The Wolverines went up 9-2 and 11-3 on Cross kills. Cross had another kill at 13-5 and Toon came through with a termination at 14-7. Michigan closed out the dramatic win off an Ohio State error at 15-7.

The Buckeyes won the first two sets after hitting .405 in the first and holding the Wolverines to a .024 attack percentage in the second. Ohio State went up 10-6 in set one on a Davionna DiSalvatore service ace and 15-9 after a Taylor Sandbothe kill. Michigan cut the lead to 23-20 late in the first set on back-to-back Toon kills, but Katie Mitchell closed out the set with a termination. In the second set, Michigan had a 14-10 lead after a Cole solo block and led as late as 21-19 on a Dannemiller roof, but Ohio State ended the set on a 6-1 run, capped by two straight Michigan errors.

Michigan fell behind 4-1 in the third set, but started the comeback shortly after as the Maize and Blue went up 8-6 on blocks from Cross and Dannemiller. It was 12-7 Wolverines on Toon's kill and 16-11 after a successful Cole swing. A Kaitlin Leary attack error made it 19-13 as the Buckeyes called timeout. Toon's kill put Michigan up 23-18 and she closed out the set with a termination for the 25-22 win. Toon had five kills in the third set.

Six of Michigan's blocks were in the fourth set as the Wolverines won 25-19. Michigan hit .400 in that set although Ohio State had an early 12-10 lead on a Leary kill. Michigan capped a 5-1 run after three Ohio State errors putting the Maize and Blue ahead 16-13. It was 21-16 after Toon's kill and 23-17 on an Ohio State setting error. Michigan closed out the set on blocks from Goode and Cole.

Michigan hit .226 for the match and forced Ohio State into 36 attack errors. The Wolverines sided out at 57 percent, but that went up to 85 percent in the fifth set. Ohio State was led by Leary, who had 31 kills and 13 digs on the night.

Michigan now hits the road for the next two weeks, starting with a Wednesday night (Nov. 6) match at Illinois. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST (7:30 p.m. EST) and the match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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