U-M Comes Up Short in Senior Night Match with MSU
Tiffany Morales

Nov. 27, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #19 Michigan State 3, #23 Michigan 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-22)
Records: U-M (17-13, 7-12 Big Ten), MSU (21-10, 10-9 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 29 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team fell, 25-20, 25-16, 25-22, to No. 19 Michigan State on Senior Night Wednesday (Nov. 27) inside Cliff Keen Arena.

It was the final home match for seniors Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate), Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park), Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton).

Toon led Michigan with 11 kills, while Sabol added 14 digs. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 29 assists, while sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) had 11 digs, including her 1,000th career dig.

Toon and Cross had four kills apiece, but the Wolverines fell in the first set, 25-20. The Spartans jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but three straight Maize and Blue points, capped by a Cross solo block, cut that lead to two. A Michigan State attack error made it 9-8 MSU, but the Spartans stretched their lead to 16-11. A Cross kill made it 23-18, before Michigan State closed out the set win.

The Spartans hit .333, compared to .069 for the Wolverines, to take set two, 25-16. Michigan State led 12-5 on a service ace and 17-8 after a kill. The U-M deficit swelled to 20-11, before a Cross termination made it 23-14, but the Spartans went into the locker room up 2-0.

There were 11 ties and six lead changes in the match's third set, but MSU completed the sweep with a 25-22 victory. Michigan State jumped out to a 7-2 lead prior to three straight Spartans errors, helped by blocks from sophomores Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), cut the MSU lead to 7-6. Consecutive terminations from Cross and Toon gave Michigan an 11-10 as MSU called timeout. Michigan had its last lead at 12-11 on a Dannemiller kill, before Michigan State scored two straight points and never trailed for the remainder of the set. The set was tied as late as 20-all on a Toon termination; however, Michigan State broke through for two straight points on blocks and won the set.

Michigan had the dig advantage (48-39), but Michigan State had 14 team blocks and a .263-.118 hitting-percentage advantage.

U-M ends its regular season this Friday (Nov. 29) at Indiana. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside University Gym in Bloomington, Ind.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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