April 23, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball program and head coach Mark Rosen announced following the conclusion of the spring season that fifth-year senior Brittany Lee (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) and seniors Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) have been named tri-captains for the 2013 season.
"I'm very happy for the three that were selected," Rosen said. "I think that all three bring different qualities, different approaches and different nuances to that position, and with that will affect our team very well. They're all seniors and it hasn't always been seniors that are captains, but I think it's also great that they have the most investment. They are the ones who have been here the longest, are the most invested in our program, and it's their last go-around, so we're excited about them being in that position, though on top of that we expect everybody in our program to exert leadership. If you have an impact on one person, then you should think about being a leader."
Lee, a defensive specialist, is the 13th Wolverines to be a two-year captain for the Maize and Blue. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection played in 29 matches for Michigan in 2012, starting four of those contests. Lee had a season-high 10 digs in the four-set win over Northern Iowa (Sept. 8) and averaged 1.24 digs per set on the year. Lee had nine digs and two assists in the win over North Florida (Aug. 24) and had seven digs in a three-set win over Wisconsin (Nov. 9).
Cross, a middle blocker who was named to the AVCA All-America third team as a junior, averaged 2.60 kills and led U-M with a .305 hitting percentage in 2012. Cross earned AVCA All-Mideast Region, All-Berkeley Regional and All-Big Ten honors as well as being named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad. Cross set a school record with 181 total blocks and averaged 1.24 blocks per set. She had a career-high 18 kills in the four-set match against Northwestern (Nov. 16) and had a career-high nine blocks against Western Kentucky (Sept. 14). In the regional final win over No. 2 Stanford (Dec. 8), Cross notched a career-high nine digs in the four-set win.
Erwin, an outside hitter who was an AVCA All-America honorable mention and named to the Division I Volleyball Championships all-tournament team in 2012, started all 39 games on the outside her junior year. The Berkeley Regional Most Valuable Player and All-Big Ten selection set single-season school records in kills (614) and attack attempts (1,701), had 17 double-doubles and had at least 10 kills on 34 occasions. Erwin recorded 26 kills on a school-record 87 attack attempts in the national semifinal match against Texas (Dec. 13) and put down a career-high 29 kills in the five-set win over Virginia Tech (Aug. 25). She also was named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad as a junior.
"It's not just their job to be the leaders, but I think the formal leaders are going to do a good job of setting the tone and the direction for our team," Rosen said. "I'm excited about them and I think they're excited for the opportunity, and they're going to put their stamp on our program this year."
Michigan returns 13 letterwinners from last year's 27-12 squad that advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in program history.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423