Nov. 16, 2013
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)
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.
N O T E S
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.