Michigan Earns Four-Set Big Ten Road Win at Northwestern
Abby Cole

Nov. 10, 2013

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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: #17 Michigan 3, Northwestern 1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21)
Records: U-M (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten), NU (14-12, 6-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 15 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CST

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) notched 20 and 16 kills, respectively, to help the 17th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team earn a 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21 triumph at Northwestern Sunday afternoon (Nov. 10) inside Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Toon had a season high in kills for the Maize and Blue to lead three players in double figures in terminations. Cole added a pair of blocks with her 16 kills, and senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) added 13 terminations. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) tied a season high with 58 assists, while sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had a match-high 23 digs. Fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) added a career-high 14 digs, while senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 11. Cross also had four block assists in the match.

Michigan hit .351, and Toon had seven kills as the Wolverines won the first set, 25-19. A kill from sophomore Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) gave Michigan an early 4-3 lead. Toon's kill put the Maize and Blue up 8-5. Northwestern came back to tie the set at 11 on a U-M attack error, but a Toon termination gave Michigan a 15-13 lead, and sophomore Krystalyn Goode's (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) kill made it 19-16. The Wolverines went ahead 23-18 on blocks from Cole and Cross and won the set on a Cole termination.

Northwestern scored the first three points of the second set, capped by a Wildcat block. Michigan came back to tie the set at four on a Cross kill and at eight apiece on Goode's termination. Cole's kill tied the set at 12, and Michigan took a 13-12 lead on Erwin's successful swing. Northwestern took the lead for good at 17-16 on a block. A Northwestern service ace then gave the Wildcats a 22-19 lead, and a kill by Stephanie Holthus ended the set at 25-19.

The Wolverines came back to hold Northwestern to a .139 hitting percentage in winning the third set, 25-20. Cole had kills at 5-3 and 7-3, while the Wildcats called time after an attack error gave U-M an 8-3 advantage. Cross' kill then put Michigan up, 14-7, before Northwestern cut U-M's lead to 17-14 on Kayla Morin's kill; but a Davis termination and a Morales service ace made the score 20-16 in the Maize and Blue's favor. Finally, Cole and Cross combined on a block at 21-16, and the Wolverines wrapped up the set at 25-20 after a Wildcat attack error.

Michigan used a late run to take the fourth set and the match. Northwestern went up 4-2 on a service ace, but Cole's kill put the Maize and Blue ahead, 6-5. A Dannemiller kill gave Michigan a 9-6 lead, and Toon's termination made it 11-7. Holthus' kill cut the Wolverines' lead to 11-10, but Michigan scored the next three points, capped by four contacts on Northwestern. Cole gave Michigan a 16-13 lead on a kill, but Northwestern quickly tied the set at 16 after a Holthus termination. Kills by Cole and Cross gave Michigan a lead for the rest of the set. Back-to-back errors from the Wildcats put Michigan up 20-17, and Cross' kill made it 23-18. Toon ultimately closed out the match on a termination at 25-21.

U-M hit .242 for the match and led the dig battle, 69-60. Michigan also had a 64-49 advantage on assists.

Michigan continues its road trip this Friday (Nov. 15) at Iowa. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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