Nov. 22, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #11 Minnesota 3, #18 Michigan 0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19)
Records: U-M (17-11, 7-10 Big Ten), Minnesota (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 23 -- vs. Wisconsin (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) each had double-doubles, but No. 11 Minnesota had a .385 hitting percentage and made just eight attack errors, as the 18th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team fell, 3-0, on Friday night (Nov. 22) inside Cliff Keen Arena. Set scores were 25-18, 25-23 and 25-19.
Dannemiller had 39 assists and 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the season, while Erwin had 11 kills and 10 digs for her 10th of the year. Erwin and senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) had 11 kills apiece, while senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had a team-high 11 digs. Meanwhile, sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) led U-M with three blocks apiece.
Michigan hit .343 in the first set, but the Gophers had a blistering .452 hitting percentage to take set one 25-18. The Wolverines were ahead 6-4 after a Goode kill, but blocks from Tori Dixon and Adrianna Nora put Minnesota up 10-7. The Wolverines were as close as 14-13 on a Cole kill from Sabol, but Hannah Tapp's termination put the Gophers on top 19-14 as the Maize and Blue called time. A Daly Santana kill made it 22-16 Gophers and Minnesota closed out the set on an Ashley Wittman termination.
The Wolverines fell behind early, battled back but lost the second set 25-23. Minnesota was up 10-4 on a Wittman kill, but the Wolverines came back to make it 13-11 on blocks from Goode and Cole. The Gophers once again extended the lead, this time to six points (17-11) on a U-M ball-handling error. Michigan cut the Gopher lead to 19-18 after an Erwin kill and Minnesota attack error. Dannemiller's kill made it 20-19 Gophers. The two teams continued to trade points until an Adrianna Nora termination gave Minnesota a 23-20 lead. Toon had back-to-back kill to cut the Gopher advantage to 24-23 by blocks by Karlie Hauer and Dixon gave the set to Minnesota.
Minnesota hit .407 in the third set to complete the 3-0 victory. The Gophers went up 11-4 on an assisted block and 15-6 on blocks from Tapp and Wittman. It was 18-10 after an Alexandra Palmer kill and 21-12 on a Wittman termination. Michigan had a 7-1 run with two kills from Erwin and a kill apiece from Erwin and junior/sophomore Olivia Reed (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) to make it 23-19. Minnesota won the last two points of the match, capped by a Wittman kill.
Michigan hit .233 for the match and had six team blocks. Minnesota won the dig battle 49-47 and had 12.5 blocks.
U-M wraps up play the weekend with a Saturday night (Nov. 23) match against No. 15 Wisconsin. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.
N O T E S
Michigan drops to 9-1 in three-set affairs in 2013.
Minnesota earns the season sweep of the Maize and Blue. The Gophers won in four sets in Minneapolis on Oct. 19. Minnesota also leads the all-time series 47-15.
Senior Lexi Erwin picked up her 10th double-double of the season and 36th of her career. Erwin had 11 kills and 10 digs on the night.
Junior Lexi Dannemiller earned her seventh double-double of the year and 38th of her career. Dannemiller had 39 assists and 10 digs on the night.
Senior Molly Toon had 11 kills on the night. It is her 15th time in double digits in kills this season and 40th time in her career.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423