Nov. 29, 2013
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (University Gym)
Score: #23 Michigan 3, Indiana 1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20)
Records: U-M (18-13, 8-12 Big Ten), IU (9-22, 1-19 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 1 -- NCAA Selection Show, 9:30 p.m. (TV: ESPNU)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team closed out its 2013 regular season and Big Ten Conference slate with a four-set win over Indiana Friday night (Nov. 29) inside University Gym. Set scores were 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 and 25-20.
Seniors Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) had 16 and 11 kills, respectively, to lead the Maize and Blue. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) added 48 assists, while senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) posted a season-high 17 digs. Sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) had six blocks, while Cross added four.
The opening of the first set was a back-and-forth affair. Michigan took its first lead of the set on freshman Abby Cole's (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) kill at 6-5. Dannemiller then had two straight aces for a three-point advantage. The Hoosiers tied the set at 10, but the Wolverines scored the next four points, including blocks from Cross and Toon and a Cross kill on an IU overpass. Cole's termination made it 18-15, and a Cross kill put the Wolverines ahead 20-17. Back-to-back kills from Indiana's Morgan Leach cut the lead to 22-20, but sophomore Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) gave the Maize and Blue set point on a kill, and an Indiana service error clinched the first set for U-M. Michigan hit .419 in the set with Cross and Goode combining for eight kills.
Indiana went on a 4-0 run, capped by a Jordan Haverly kill, that gave the Hoosiers a 10-6 lead in the second set. Goode and Toon combined on a block to cut the lead to 11-9, and a Toon solo block tied the set at 12. Two straight blocks from the Hoosiers made it 15-12. Michigan kept cutting the lead to one, but an Awele Nwaeze solo block put IU up 20-17. Michigan trailed by one, 23-22, after a Davis termination, but a Leach kill and Hoosier block tied the match at one set apiece. Toon had five kills and Sabol five digs in that second set.
Cross' service ace put Michigan up 5-4 early in the third set, but Amelia Anderson's termination gave the Hoosiers a 10-8 advantage. The Maize and Blue came back and took an 11-10 lead after a Cross solo block. Toon's kill made it 15-14 Michigan, and the Wolverines extended their lead to 20-18 after kills from Dannemiller and Davis. Indiana took a 22-20 lead after a pair of blocks and a Leach kill, but Michigan knotted it up at 22 after blocks from Davis and Goode. A Dannemiller kill made it 23-22 Michigan, and she added another termination to give the Maize and Blue the 25-23 win.
Davis' kill put Michigan up 6-4 in set four. That lead was extended to 9-5 after back-to-back Hoosier attack errors, and a Toon solo block gave Michigan a 12-7 lead. The Wolverines went up 16-12 after an Indiana attack error and 18-13 on Goode's solo block. A Davis kill made it 20-16, but IU scored the next two points, capped by a block. Indiana had three straight attack errors to set up match point for the Wolverines, and a Toon kill ended it.
Michigan hit .287 for the match, compared to .238 for the Hoosiers. Both teams had 10 blocks, and the Wolverines held a 53-47 dig advantage. Michigan had four service aces, while the Hoosiers had 11 service errors.
Michigan will now watch the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday (Dec. 1) at 9:30 p.m. to find out its next opponent. The show will be broadcast on ESPNU.
N O T E S
Michigan wins the only meeting vs. the Hoosiers this season and leads the all-time series 36-34-1 against Indiana.
The Wolverines are now 6-6 in four-set matches this season.
The Maize and Blue is now 7-5 in road matches this season, including a 5-5 mark in Big Ten play.
Senior Ally Sabol set a season high with 17 digs in the Indiana match. Her previous high was 16 at Wisconsin on Oct. 18.
Sabol has five straight double-digit dig performances.
Senior Molly Toon recorded her 18th double-digit kill performance of the season and 43rd of her career. Toon had 16 terminations in tonight's match.
Toon led Michigan in kills for the 10th time this season and the 14th time in her career.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423