Nov. 23, 2011
N O T E S
Michigan State won this year's State Pride Flag. Each team won one match in four sets, but MSU outscored Michigan, 181-179.
Michigan has won the past five matches at home against Michigan State.
Alex Hunt needs one more kill to tie and two to pass Jennifer Gandolph (2001-04) for second on the all-time list. Hunt now 1,561 kills in her career.
Michigan recorded its 20th win of the season tonight, marking the sixth consecutive season U-M has hit that plateau.
Claire McElheny had her 14th match of the season with at least 10 kills.
Michigan honored the parents of each Wolverine prior to the match.
Alex Hunt has 10 services aces in the past three matches. She now has 149 in her career, ranking fourth all-time at Michigan.
Michigan recorded 10.0 blocks against Michigan State, which is the seventh time this season U-M has had at least 10 in a match. U-M is 6-1 in those matches.
Michigan is now 19-0 when recording a higher attack percentage than its opponents.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen
On tonight's match ... "I was very happy with how we competed tonight. In the first set, I thought that they just really called us out, especially our passers. They jumped on us, and I thought we stepped up, especially our seniors, because you expect them to step up in that type of situation. I thought Claire (McElheny), even though she is like a super-junior, really stepped up. (Courtney) Fletcher then followed, then Alex (Hunt) came, then Sloane (Donhoff) came. We could just see those guys step up as the match went on. I am really proud of them doing that in this match, because this is their last match at Keen. It could have been really easy for us to sit back and think it was too hard to come back after that first set, but they came away with a great win."
On Lexi Erwin's back-row play ... "I thought she did a really good job in her role tonight. She didn't get to play in the front row, but she really took ownership of what she needed to do. In the fourth set at the end of the match, someone served a short ball and she called somebody else off of it and had a perfect pass. That is great to see her own that role. It might not be the role she has been in, but she has stepped up and filled the role we need her to right now."