Nov. 13, 2011
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)
Result: #24 Michigan 3, #16 Minnesota 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22)
Records: U-M (18-10, 6-10 Big Ten), Minnesota (15-20, 8-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 18 -- vs. Northwestern (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team hit .291 and recorded 57 digs and 8.0 blocks, picking up its first win in Minneapolis since 1997 with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) of No. 16 Minnesota on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13) at the Sports Pavilion.
Sophomore Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) put down a team-high 10 kills and recorded eight digs and a service ace. Sophomore Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) went for nine kills on the afternoon, with senior/junior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf) and sophomore Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) each chipping in seven. Freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 32 assists and 10 digs and senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) picked up a match-high 18 digs.
With the game tied at 14-14 in the first set, a kill from senior Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) on the quick set from Dannemiller put the Wolverines on top for good at 15-14. The Maize and Blue kept the lead the rest of the set, taking a 25-21 win on another Fletcher kill. U-M hit .400 in the frame with 20 kills and just two errors and was led by five kills each from Fletcher and Erwin. Donhoff recorded nine digs in the frame and Dannemiller handed out 15 assists.
The Wolverines fell behind 5-1 to start the second set before slowly chipping away at the Gopher lead. Erwin's kill on the outside put Michigan on top for the first time in the set at 14-13 and forced a Minnesota timeout. The Gophers tied it at 14-14 on the ensuing point, but Minnesota missed its next serve as Michigan regained the lead at 15-14. The Wolverines kept the advantage the rest of the set en route to another 25-21 win.
In the final set, the Wolverines fell behind 6-3 on three straight service aces by Minnesota's Kellie McNeil, before the Maize and Blue went on an 11-2 run to take a 14-8 lead. The lead grew to seven at 19-12, but the Gophers slowly climbed out of the hole to close within a point at 23-22. Following Michigan's timeout, McElheny found the back corner on a slide for match point and Toon found the floor on the ensuing point to seal the match with a 25-22 win.
Michigan returns home for the final four matches of the regular season, first hosting Northwestern on Friday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m.
N O T E S
Today's victory is Michigan's first win this season over a ranked Big Ten opponent.
Michigan had not won at Minnesota since a 3-2 win on Sept. 26, 1997.
It was the first time a Mark Rosen-coached team won in Minneapolis.
Alex Hunt was injured during warm-ups and missed the majority of the match.
It was the second time this season Michigan grabbed a 2-0 lead against Minnesota.
Today marked Michigan's only Sunday match of the season and the first time the Wolverines have played on Sunday since the 2009 season.
Lexi Erwin has recorded at least 10 kills 20 times this season.
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