Defense Seals Michigan's Five-Set Victory at Iowa
Ally Sabol

Nov. 5, 2011

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Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Result: #23 Michigan 3, Iowa 2 (25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-9)
Records: U-M (17-9, 5-9 Big Ten), Iowa (11-16, 1-13 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 11 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 7 p.m. CST

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) and sophomore Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) combined for 59 digs to help the No. 23-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team hang on for a 3-2 (25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-9) triumph at Iowa on Saturday (Nov. 5) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Michigan totaled 102 digs on the evening, its highest total since 2008. Donhoff led the way with a career-best 34, with Sabol setting a new best of 25. Senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) notched her second consecutive double-double with 23 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) put down 12 kills and recorded 10 digs, while freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) recorded 54 assists, 12 digs and four kills in the five-set win.

Up 7-6 in the first set, a kill from Erwin on the outside ignited a 14-6 run for the Wolverines to put the set out of reach for Iowa. U-M hit .286 with just three attack errors as four Wolverines tallied three kills en route to the 25-16 victory.

Iowa took a 5-4 lead in the second and did not relinquish the advantage, tying the match at 1-1 with a 25-18 win. The Wolverines staved off three consecutive set points to force an Iowa timeout, but Hunt's attack on the following point was blocked as the Hawkeyes took advantage of seven attack errors by Michigan in the set.

Knotted at 16-16 in the third set, Iowa ripped off five consecutive points to take a 21-16 lead. U-M cut the deficit to three at 22-19 off an Iowa service error, but Donhoff's serve on the next point found the net, moving the Hawkeye lead back to four points. Iowa grabbed set point at 24-19, before Michigan fought off two points. Iowa made good on the third set point for the 25-21 triumph.

Facing a 21-20 deficit in the fourth set, a U-M block sandwiched between two Hawkeye attack errors put Michigan on top at 23-21. Iowa found the floor on the next point, but a Hunt termination and another Wolverine block gave Michigan a 25-22 win.

Iowa scored the first point of the fifth set, but Michigan answered with a 9-2 run, culminating in a Hunt service ace for a 9-3 lead. Iowa closed the gap with a 6-2 run to get within two points at 11-9, but Michigan scored the match's final four points for the 15-11 triumph.

The Wolverines remain on the road next weekend, taking on Wisconsin on Friday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. CST before wrapping up the road slate at Minnesota on Sunday (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. CST.

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