U-M Reaches 20-Win Plateau with Sweep over Wisconsin
Lexi Erwin

Nov. 9, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 0 (25-17, 25-22, 27-25)
Records: U-M (20-9, 8-7 Big Ten); UW (16-12, 4-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 10 -- vs. No. 10 Minnesota (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team clinched a seventh-straight 20-win season by defeating Wisconsin in straight sets Friday night (Nov. 9) at Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-17, 25-22 and 27-25.

Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) led Michigan with 17 and 14 kills, respectively. Freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) and junior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) added 13 and 11 digs, respectively, while sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 41 assists in the three-set win.

U-M used six McElheny kills and three blocks from freshman Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) to take the first set 25-17. The Maize and Blue fell behind 3-1, but took the lead at 6-5 on a Badger attack error. McElheny had back-to-back kills for a 10-6 U-M lead. Wisconsin cut its deficit to 12-11, but Michigan scored the next six points with the help of Sabol's serve. That run was capped by a kill from junior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate), forcing Wisconsin to call timeout. A termination from junior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) gave the Wolverines a 20-13 lead. Wisconsin trimmed the lead to 21-17, but Michigan scored the final four points, ending the set on a block assist from Erwin and Goode.

Wisconsin had the hitting advantage in the second set, but a 19-14 kill advantage and 15 Dannemiller assists propelled Michigan to a 25-22 win. A McElheny kill put the Wolverines up 6-3 and U-M made it 8-4 on a Toon termination. Wisconsin came back to tie the set at 11 on blocks from Mary Ording and Ellen Chapman. There were eight ties in the set, the last one at 20-all. The Wolverines won the next two points on a McElheny kill and Wisconsin error. Cross' kill gave U-M a 23-21 lead and a Sabol service ace made it set point. Michigan closed out the set on an assisted block from Erwin and Cross.

There were 11 ties in the third set, as Michigan fought back from a late deficit to take the straight-set win. Michigan had an early 6-3 lead after a block from Erwin and Cross. Wisconsin came back and took a 10-8 lead after a Badger block. Wisconsin went up 14-11 after a kill from Julie Mikaelsen, but the Wolverines came back to tie the set at 17 on McElheny's kill. Wisconsin had a 21-19 lead, but Michigan tied it at 21 on kills from Erwin and Dannemiller. Wisconsin scored the next two points and again Michigan came back with two in row on Erwin's kill and service ace. Wisconsin held a set point, but a huge solo block from Dannemiller and a Toon kill gave the Maize and Blue its own set point. The Badgers tied it at 25, but UW's service error and attack error ended the match.

Michigan had six service aces on the night, three from Sabol. The Wolverines also had eight total blocks and hit .298 for the match.

Michigan will host its final regular-season game in Cliff Keen Arena for the 2012 campaign this Saturday (Nov. 10) against No. 10 Minnesota. First serve is set for 7 p.m. and it is Senior Night as U-M will honor McElheny after the match with the Golden Gophers.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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