Wolverines Falter in Road Sweep at No. 22 Minnesota

Nov. 12, 2010

Box Score

Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (The Sports Pavilion)
Result: #22 Minnesota 3, #16 Michigan 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-21)
Records: U-M (21-6, 10-5 Big Ten), Minnesota (19-8, 9-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Nov. 13 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 7 p.m. CST

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team could not combat slow starts in all three sets and a .130 attack percentage in a 3-0 loss (25-18, 25-14, 25-21) at No. 22 Minnesota on Friday evening (Nov. 12) at the Sports Pavilion.

Junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) led the way offensively with nine kills as the duo of redshirt sophomore right side Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) and freshman outside hitter Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) each recorded seven kills. Senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) handed out 31 assists to go with eight digs, while junior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) recorded a team-high 13 digs.

Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first frame, before Minnesota went on an 8-1 run, forcing a U-M timeout. The Wolverines chipped away at the lead, getting within two at 15-13, but a Zimmerman ball-handling error gave Minnesota the first of three consecutive points to put the set out of reach. The Wolverines struggled offensively, hitting just .050 in the frame, while the Golden Gophers hit at a .188 clip in U-M's 25-18 first-set loss.

Tied at 2-2 in the second, Minnesota ripped off eight consecutive points to take a 10-2 lead, before a Golden Gopher attack error ended the run. The Minnesota lead grew to as many as 14 in the second set as the home squad came away with a 25-14 decision.

Michigan recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to tie the frame at 8-8, when McElheny notched a kill on the right side. The Golden Gophers responded with a 7-2 run to take a 15-10 lead, keeping the advantage the rest of the way. Hunt's kill cut the Gopher lead to three at 23-20, but McElheny's overpass attempt was blocked to set up match point for Minnesota. Michigan staved off one match point, but Minnesota found the floor from the outside, taking a 25-21 third-set decision for the sweep.

Michigan wraps up its two-match road swing tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 13) at Iowa with a 7 p.m. CST match.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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