Michigan Closes Out Regular Season with Four-Set Win at Indiana
Molly Toon

Nov. 29, 2013

Box Score

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.


• 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

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