Michigan Falls in Four at No. 9 Nebraska
Abby Cole

Nov. 16, 2013

Box Score | Notes

Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
Score: #9 Nebraska 3, #19 Michigan 1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Records: U-M (17-10, 7-9 Big Ten), Nebraska (21-4, 14-2 Big Ten)
Attendance: 8,192
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 22 -- vs. Minnesota (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The 19th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team won the second set but fell in four at No. 9 Nebraska, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, Saturday night (Nov. 16) in front of 8,192 fans inside the Devaney Center.

Senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) tallied 17 and 13 kills, respectively, while junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) posted 45 assists and six digs. Additionally, sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 16 digs, senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) chipped in 13 digs, and sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) boasted a team-best six total blocks.

Michigan jumped out to an early lead in the first set as Goode's solo block made it 2-0, and she combined with Cole on a roof at 4-1. Toon's kill made it 5-1 as the Huskers called a timeout. Sophomore Ally Davis' (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) termination and a service ace from fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) put U-M up, 8-3. Goode and Cole combined on a block for a 9-4 advantage. Nebraska cut the lead to 11-9 on a Kadie Rolfzen kill, but Toon's termination put the Wolverines up 15-11. Davis and senior Jennifer Cross' (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) block gave the Maize and Blue a 17-12 lead, but the Huskers went on a 5-0 run off Kelsey Robinson's serve to tie the set. Nebraska took its first lead of the set at 19-18 on a Kadie Rolfzen kill. She then had a kill at 21-19 as Michigan called time. Nebraska closed out the set with a 4-0 run, capped by a Robinson kill.

The Wolverines went up again 2-0 in set two on a Toon kill, but the Huskers came back to take a 6-4 lead on blocks from Amber Rolfzen and Meghan Haggerty, who combined with Robinson on a block to give Nebraska an 8-5 lead. Cole cut the lead to 9-7 on a kill, but Mary Pollmiller's setter dump increased the Huskers' lead to 11-8. Michigan retook the lead by going on a 12-11 run, capped by a Toon termination. Back-to-back Husker errors and a Goode kill made it 16-12 Wolverines. Goode and Dannemiller combined on a block for a 17-14 advantage. Cole's termination put Michigan up 19-16, and a Husker error gave the Maize and Blue a 21-17 lead. Cross gave Michigan set point, where she joined Dannemiller on a block for the 25-20 win.

Once again, U-M scored the first two points of a set as a Nebraska ball-handling error in the third set gave the Wolverines the early lead. Nebraska answered with a 5-0 run, capped by a Robinson kill, but Michigan tied it at six on a Cole termination and went up 8-6 on a Husker back-row blocking error. Nebraska took a 10-9 lead on a Robinson ace. The teams traded points, before a Robinson kill and Michigan attack error put the Huskers on top 16-13. Kadie Rolfzen's kill gave Nebraska a 19-15 lead, but Erwin's back-row termination cut the Husker lead to 20-18. A Toon termination made it 22-20 Nebraska, but the Huskers closed out the set by scoring three of the final four points as Robinson's termination gave NU the 25-21 win.

Michigan opened the fourth set by scoring three of the first four points, capped by blocks from Toon and Goode. Nebraska tied the set at five on a Robinson kill. Davis' kill tied the set at seven, but kills by Kadie Rolfzen and Robinson put the Huskers up 10-7 as Michigan called timeout. Nebraska had a 15-10 lead on back-to-back Robinson kills, but Michigan scored the next three points, which included blocks from Erwin and Goode. Nebraska took a 19-14 lead on a Haggerty block and U-M attack error. Toon's termination and a Nebraska attack error cut the NU lead to 22-18, but the Huskers closed out the match on a block for the 25-19 victory.

The Wolverines hit .216 for the match and had nine total blocks. Nebraska had 18 team blocks and had a 60-53 advantage on digs.

Michigan returns to Cliff Keen Arena to start a three-match homestand this Friday (Nov. 22) against Minnesota. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.


• Nebraska now leads the all-time series 8-2 over Michigan and sweeps the two-match season series.

• Michigan used the starting lineup of Molly Toon, Jennifer Cross, Lexi Dannemiller, Lexi Erwin, Krystalyn Goode, Ally Sabol and Tiffany Morales (libero) for the second straight match.

• Senior Molly Toon recorded her 14th double-digit kill night of the season and 39th of her career.

• Freshman Abby Cole now has three straight double-digit kill performances after recording 13 tonight vs. Nebraska.

• Michigan is now 5-6 in four-set matches.

• Sophomore Tiffany Morales has 25 double-digit dig matches this season after having 16 in the Nebraska match.

• Sophomore Krystalyn Goode led Michigan in blocks (6) for the 13th time this season and the 24th in her career.

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