Nov. 20, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Result: #20 Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21)
Records: U-M (23-7, 12-6 Big Ten), Indiana (19-11, 7-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Wednesday, Nov. 24 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind 20 kills from junior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph), the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team swept Indiana (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) on Senior Night (Saturday, Nov. 20) at Cliff Keen Arena.
Michigan held Indiana to a .121 attack percentage on the strength of 8.0 total blocks and 59 digs as four Wolverines recorded double digits in digs, led by Hunt and freshman defensive specialist Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) with 13 each. Senior setter Lexi Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) dished out 41 assists with 10 digs, six kills and two blocks in her final match at Cliff Keen Arena.
The teams went back and forth to start the third set before an Indiana attack error broke a 10-all tie, giving Michigan a lead it kept throughout the rest of the frame.
The Wolverine lead increased to five at 19-14 on a kill by freshman middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont./Birchmount Park Collegiate) before going on for the 25-21 victory.
Michigan never trailed in the second set, using 4.0 total blocks and 13 digs to hold Indiana to a .000 attack percentage in a 25-17 triumph. U-M jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the serving of senior defensive specialist Maggie Busch (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo Christian) and never looked back as the Wolverine lead swelled to as many as nine in the frame. The offense was propelled by Hunt, who had five kills on six swings.
Facing a 5-1 deficit in the first set, Michigan scored seven consecutive points on two kills from Hunt, kills from Cross and Zimmerman along with three IU attack errors to go in front, 8-5. Indiana responded with a run of its own to regain a 10-9 advantage as neither team took control of the set until the Wolverines broke a 19-19 tie with another kill from Hunt. Two terminations from freshman outside hitter Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park), along with a Zimmerman ace in between, gave Michigan a 23-19 advantage en route to the 25-22 win.
Up next for the Wolverines is Big Ten travel partner Michigan State on Wednesday (Nov. 24) at 7 p.m. The match will take place at the Breslin Center.
N O T E S
The class is the first four-year class to reach 100 wins.
It is the first 2-0 Big Ten week for Michigan since knocking off Michigan State on Oct. 13 and Northwestern on Oct. 15.
Michigan split the season series with the Hoosiers, with both teams winning at home.
The 12 Big Ten wins tie the most ever during conference action in the Mark Rosen era.
Alex Hunt is only the second player in the Big Ten to reach 20 kills in a three-set match.
Alex Hunt has 482 kills on the season, ranking sixth on the single-season list.
Sloane Donhoff recorded 12 digs on the evening, bringing her season total to 407, the 10th time a Wolverine has recorded at least 400 digs in a season. It is the second consecutive season she has gone over 400 digs.
Every front-row player recorded at least five kills.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On the 2-0 weekend ... "Been awhile since we had a (weekend) sweep. The Big Ten is so tough, so it was nice to get the weekend sweep. We did not just lose at their place, we got beat up. To come back and return the favor tonight was nice."
On the difference between the first time playing Indiana and tonight ... "I don't think we played good defense there. We went in there served aggressively and we had them in trouble, we just did not play defense. I think they play better at home and we did not defend well in a foreign environment; I think that plays in a little bit. But tonight, I thought we got back to basics a little more and played really good defense. The match, early on, it was tight. Then we just kept chipping away and we got a run in game one. Game two was kind of the same way as was the third. It was not like we blew them away from the onset. As the match went on, I thought we stayed more steady and more consistent."
On what the sweep means going into the last week of the season ... "That was one of the things we talked about after we played so poorly at Minnesota and Iowa. Coming into this last week of practice, we worked on fundamentals. The good thing was that we did not have to worry about winning games to get into the tournament; we feel pretty good about where we are at. We knew we needed to get better and improve our game to get some momentum heading towards the NCAA Tournament. This week was a great example of working hard at the right things and getting the wins."
U-M Senior Setter Lexi Zimmerman
On what the two wins this weekend means for the team ... "I think it builds a lot of momentum. At this point in the season, everyone is trying to build momentum to go into the tournament. Anything you can do to get in a rhythm and define more of what makes you win is great."
On the differences between the two matches against Indiana ... "I think it had a lot to do with our side of the court. We played Michigan volleyball tonight. They played really well the first time when they were at home. It was like a freight train; we could not stop it. I think here we contained them a lot better. And I think it helped that we were playing at home."
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