Nov. 29, 2012
Michigan advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history and the seventh time in the last 10 years.
The Wolverines won a five-set match in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the second round of the 2009 tourney. Michigan defeated Ohio, 3-2, on Dec. 5, 2009.
U-M had two players with 20-plus kills (Lexi Erwin 26, Molly Toon 20) for the first time this season and the first time since Oct. 7, 2011, when Erwin had 23 kills and Alex Hunt added 21 against Minnesota.
Michigan improved to 5-3 on the year in five-set matches.
The Maize and Blue now owns a 4-1 series advantage on Tennessee, including winning the last four matchups.
Michigan improved to 3-0 this season against teams from the Southeastern Conference. U-M also beat Missouri, 3-0, on Aug. 25 and Arkansas, 3-2, on Sept. 1.
Lexi Erwin tallied 20-plus kills for the seventh time this season and the ninth time in her career. It also is her 30th double-figure kill match of the year.
Lexi Erwin picked up her 15th double-double of 2012 and 29th in her career as she had 26 kills and 10 digs. Lexi Dannemiller had her 13th assist-dig double-double of the year and 29th of her career as she had 57 assists and 16 digs.
Molly Toon had her second career match with 20 or more kills. She had 25 on Nov. 2 against Nebraska.
Michigan had five players in double figures in digs (Tiffany Morales 19, Lexi Dannemiller 16, Ally Sabol 13, Lindsey Lerg 12, Lexi Erwin 11) for the first time since Oct. 20, 2012, against Penn State.
Lindsey Lerg had a career-high 12 digs in the win. Her previous career high was six at Ohio State on Nov. 23, 2012.
Jennifer Cross led Michigan in blocks for the 27th time this season and the 73rd time in her career. Cross had six total blocks on the night for U-M.