Wolverines Falter in Four at Wisconsin
Alex Hunt

Nov. 11, 2011

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Site: Madison, Wis. (UW Field House)
Result: Wisconsin 3, #24 Michigan 1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 27-25)
Records: U-M (17-10, 5-10 Big Ten), Wisconsin (15-12, 7-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Nov. 13 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1 p.m. CST

MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team held a 24-20 lead in the fourth set with the chance to send the match to a fifth set, but Wisconsin scored seven of the next eight points to take the match, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 27-25), on Friday night (Nov. 11) at UW Field House.

Senior Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) spearheaded the U-M offense by putting down 22 kills for her third consecutive 20-kill match. Senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) and sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) each went for 11 terminations and sophomore Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) chipped in a career-best 10 kills as Michigan hit .302 for the match. Freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) handed out 59 assists and senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) and sophomore Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) anchored the defense with 15 and 12 digs, respectively.

With the match deadlocked at 14-14 in the first set, the Badgers put together a three-point spurt for a 17-14 advantage. Wisconsin, which hit .448 in the frame, held the lead the rest of the way in a 25-18 win. Hunt put down eight kills and the Wolverines hit .282 in the set but were victimized by four attack errors, four service errors and two blocking errors that resulted in 10 Wisconsin points.

Trailing 17-11 in the second, the Wolverines closed the set on a 14-4 run en route to a 25-21 win. A service error by Wisconsin ignited the U-M rally, as the Maize and Blue eventually tied the set at 20-20 on an ace by Sabol and took a 21-20 lead on a Hunt termination on the ensuing point. U-M cut down on the errors in the set, hitting .500 with just two attack errors and one service miscue.

Two consecutive Badger attack errors put Michigan on top, 18-16, and forced a Wisconsin timeout in the third set. UW ripped off the next three points for the 19-18 advantage, before Toon found the floor to tie the frame at 19-19. Michigan scored just two more points as the Badgers took a 25-21 win for the 2-1 match lead.

Michigan took set point at 24-20 in the fourth frame when Wisconsin was whistled for a back-row attack. Wisconsin followed with a block on the outside and a kill of its own on the left to force a Michigan timeout at 24-22. Hunt misfired on the next point and back-to-back Badger kills on the outside gave Wisconsin match point at 25-24. Hunt found the floor to stave off the first match point, but the Badgers strung together two successive kills for the 27-25 win.

The Wolverines wrap up the regular-season road slate on Sunday (Nov. 13) when they take on No. 16 Minnesota in Minneapolis. Match time is 1 p.m. CST.

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