Wolverines Eluded by No. 15 Wisconsin in Five Sets
Jennifer Cross

Nov. 23, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #15 Wisconsin 3, #18 Michigan 2 (25-16, 18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8)
Records: U-M (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten), Wisconsin (22-8, 11-7 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 27 -- vs. Michigan State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 18th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team fell in five sets (25-16, 18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8) to No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday night (Nov. 23) in front of a sold-out crowd at Cliff Keen Arena.

Senior Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) led the U-M offense with 17 kills and added a pair of blocks and three digs. Classmate Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) had 14 kills, six digs and a pair of service aces, while sophomore Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) posted 10 terminations and two blocks. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West), meanwhile, recorded her second straight double-double with 53 assists and 11 digs, and seniors Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) added 14 and 12 digs, respectively.

The Wolverines could not overcome 11 errors and Wisconsin ended the set on a 21-5 run for the 1-0 lead. A Toon kill gave Michigan a 5-2 lead. After Wisconsin tied the set at six, Michigan went on a 5-0 run off Sabol's serve as blocks from Cross and freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) extended U-M's lead to 11-6. The Badgers came out of their timeout on a 6-0 run, capped by blocks from Dominique Thompson and Lauren Carlini. With the set tied at 14, Wisconsin rattled off seven straight points. The Badgers ended the set by scoring the last four points as three straight Wolverine errors gave UW the 25-16 advantage.

Michigan fought back in the second to tie the match heading into the locker room. Three straight Davis kills put U-M up 6-2. The Badgers came back to tie the set at eight after a Thompson block, but the Maize and Blue went up four (14-10) on three straight UW error, one off sophomore Krystalyn Goode's (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) solo block. A Dannemiller termination gave Michigan a 17-14 lead and it was 19-16 after a Cross kill. Toon had three kills late and Cole ended the set on a termination at 25-18.

Wisconsin opened the third set with a 5-2 advantage after a Courtney Thomas service ace. Michigan had an 11-10 lead on a Goode kill, but the Badgers scored three straight points and did not trail the rest of the set. Four straight U-M errors put UW up 20-14. The Wolverines chipped away at the lead. A Toon kill and Wisconsin setting error cut the advantage to 23-21. Toon's service ace made it a one-point lead for Wisconsin, but kills from Haleigh Nelson and Thompson put the set away for the Badgers.

The Maize and Blue scored the first three points of the fourth set and never looked back to force a fifth and deciding set. Dannemiller's kill and service ace and a Toon termination gave U-M the 3-0 led. Davis' solo block made it 7-2 and a Cross termination gave Michigan an 8-4 lead. Wisconsin cut the lead to one (15-14) on a Deme Morales kill, but Cole's block put the Wolverines up 19-15. Cross' termination gave U-M the 22-17 lead, and her successful swing forced set point at 24-20. A Wisconsin attack error then ended the set.

The two teams traded service errors to start the fifth set. A Michigan ball-handling error gave the Badgers a 3-1 lead. It was 6-3 Wisconsin after back-to-back kills from Ellen Chapman as Michigan called timeout. The Wolverines got as close as 8-6 on a Cross kill, but Wisconsin built a five-point advantage (12-7) on a Thompson termination and closed out the match on a Carlini kill.

Michigan hit .245 on the night, including a .394 hitting percentage in the fourth set. The Wolverines had a 66-62 dig advantage and six service aces. Wisconsin had 12 team blocks and five aces.

U-M closes out its Cliff Keen Arena schedule on Wednesday night (Nov. 27) against in-state rival Michigan State. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m., and it is Senior and Parent's Night for the match.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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