U-M's Early Success Stifled in Defeat at No. 2 Nebraska
Alex Hunt

Nov. 4, 2011

Box Score

Site: Lincoln, Neb. (NU Coliseum)
Result: #2 Nebraska 3, #23 Michigan 1 (17-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-21)
Records: U-M (16-9, 4-9 Big Ten), Nebraska (19-2, 12-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 5 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CDT

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team had four players in double-figure kills and won the first set but dropped the next three as No. 2 Nebraska rallied for the 3-1 win (17-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-21) on Friday night (Nov. 4) at the NU Coliseum.

Senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) led a quartet of Wolverines in double-figure kills with a season-high 22 to go with 15 digs. Senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) tied her career high with 17 kills while tallying five total blocks. Sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) put down 11 kills and collected 13 digs, with senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) going for 10 terminations. Senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) recorded 21 digs and freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 56 assists and 15 digs.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set, never allowing the Huskers to get closer than three points the rest of the way in a 25-17 win. U-M hit .316 in the frame with just five errors, while Nebraska hit just .119. Fletcher led the way with 10 kills and McElheny chipped in four.

With the Huskers holding a 23-21 lead in the second set, Fletcher put down a kill in the middle before teaming with McElheny for a block to knot the set at 23-23. U-M took set point on the ensuing point when Fletcher once again found the floor, this time off a Husker overpass. However, Nebraska scored the next three points, using a kill and two consecutive Michigan errors to clinch a 26-24 win.

The Maize and Blue fell behind 4-0 in the third frame, as Nebraska grabbed an early 10-2 lead. Michigan closed the gap to two points at 13-11 off a McElheny termination, but Nebraska scored the ensuing point and kept at least a three-point lead the rest of the way in a 25-20 win.

Knotted at 12-12 in the fourth set, Nebraska went on a four-point spurt following its own timeout for a 16-12 lead. The Maize and Blue responded with a 6-2 run, capped by a Hunt termination to tie the frame at 18-18. Nebraska then took the next point when Donhoff's serve sailed long, regaining the lead for the final time. Back-to-back kills from Fletcher and Erwin got the Wolverines to within two at 23-21, but the Huskers scored the next two points for the 25-21 triumph.

Michigan wraps up its weekend at Iowa tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 5) at 7 p.m. CDT.


Sloane Donhoff recorded her fourth match of the season with at least 20 digs.

Ally Sabol played for the first time since a 3-1 loss at Michigan State on Oct. 19.

Karlee Bruck played for the first time since Aug. 27 against Morehead State.

Courtney Fletcher recorded her 12th match this season with at least 10 kills.

• It is the seventh time this season U-M has put four in double-figure kills. Michigan is 4-3 in those matches.

Alex Hunt's previous season high was 21 kills, coming against Minnesota on Oct. 7 and Pepperdine on Sept. 10.

Courtney Fletcher tied her career high with 17 kills. She put down 17 against Dayton on Sept. 10.

• Michigan falls to 2-7 versus ranked opponents in 2011.

• U-M is 0-9 when recording a lower attack percentage than its opponents.

• Nebraska has won 33 consecutive home matches.

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