Red-Hot Offense Sends Michigan to Sweep of Buckeyes

Nov. 6, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Result: #15 Michigan 3, Ohio State 0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17)
Records: U-M (21-5, 10-4 Big Ten), Ohio State (19-8, 7-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Nov. 12 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Paced by junior Alex Hunt's (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) .500 hitting percentage and match-high 17 kills, the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team rolled to a three-set sweep of Ohio State on Saturday (Nov. 6), downing the Buckeyes 25-23, 25-20, 25-17, in Cliff Keen Arena.

Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) and redshirt sophomore right side Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) put down nine kills each and the defensive duo of junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) -- 12 digs and two aces -- and senior defensive specialist Maggie Busch (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Christian) -- 10 digs -- anchored the U-M defense. Senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) totaled 37 assists, eight digs and two kills to lead a U-M offense that hit .322.

The Wolverines took advantage of a .324 attack percentage in the first set, including seven kills from Hunt and four apiece from McElheny and Cross. Tied at 22-all, two straight Ohio State attack errors gave Michigan its first set point. The Buckeyes managed to find the floor on the ensuing point, but an Emily Danks serve into the net ended the set in favor of Michigan, 25-23.

The hot hitting for the Wolverines continued into the second frame, as U-M improved to a .417 clip with only four attack errors. U-M never trailed in the set that featured six tie scores, breaking a 16-16 stalemate after an OSU attack error to take the lead for good en route to a 25-20 victory that again ended on a Danks serve into the net.

In the third set, Michigan sprinted out to a 7-0 lead on the serving of Busch and did not look back in a 25-17 decision. Hunt totaled four kills in the set, with Cross and McElheny each going for three as Michigan lead never dipped below three throughout the remainder of the frame.

The Wolverines hit the road next weekend, first heading to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers on Friday (Nov. 12) before traveling to Iowa on Saturday (Nov. 13). Both matches will start at 7 p.m. CST.


• Tonight's win marked the second season sweep for Michigan. The Wolverines already swept Wisconsin this season.

• It is the first season sweep of OSU since 2008.

• The win moves Michigan to 10-1 at Cliff Keen Arena in 2010.

Sloane Donhoff recorded at least 10 digs for the 11th consecutive match.

• Tonight's match was the third consecutive sellout at Cliff Keen Arena.

• U-M is 3-2 on nationally televised matches this season.

Alex Hunt has reached double figures in kills in 22 of Michigan's 26 matches this season.

Maggie Busch now has reached double figures in digs six times -- all in 2010.


Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On what Michigan did better tonight, compared to yesterday's match against Penn State ... "It is hard to compare matches because you are playing a different opponent. Against Ohio State, I thought we passed really well. They served so physical and their game plan was to serve the ball really aggressively or they knew they could not compete with us offensively. They were just banging serves, and our passes early on were not the best. We told them (the girls) that they are going to come after you on the serve. We did not have to pass perfect, but at least keep it in play. Once we got our passing strong, they started making some errors to try and keep pressure on us because their game plan was not working. I am really proud of our passers. From the very beginning, they jumped on us and we responded.

"I thought Lexi (Zimmerman) did a great job in keeping our offense balanced. Al (Alex Hunt) was hot tonight, she did a great job. Part of the reason she was hot was because Lexi got Jen (Cross) going, she got Claire (McElheny) going. So now they cannot just focus on Al and now she has a block with a hole or a seam."

On his message prior to the match ... "I told the team going in that we had to really be a blue collar team tonight. We could not look for just the "SportsCenter points" tonight where they make the highlight reel. We had to really get in the trenches and make some plays. We had to get a little dirty and I thought we did that really well all night."

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