May 19, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball program and head coach Mark Rosen announced that senior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio /Lakota West), senior/junior Olivia Reed (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) and junior Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) have been named tri-captains for the 2014 season.
"I'm very encouraged by the selection of our 2014 team captains," Rosen said. "Every year, a big part of the team's development is seeing the development of our leadership. This spring season was a great opportunity for the future leaders of our team to emerge and assert themselves in leadership situations. Throughout the spring, leadership was a top priority and this group of student-athletes distinguished themselves as leaders for this team."
Dannemiller, a setter, averaged 10.84 assists and 2.09 digs per set in 2013. She had six 50-plus assist matches, including a season-high 58 on two occasions (Sept. 21 vs. Ohio; Nov. 10 vs. Northwestern). Dannemiller also had nine double-doubles on the season, including a 48-assist, 14-dig performance in the NCAA Tournament first-round match vs. LSU (Dec. 6). She was named a Big Ten Setter of the Week twice in 2013 (Sept. 9 and Oct. 21). Dannemiller also earned AVCA honorable mention All-America honors. She will be heading to China this June to play on the 12-member U.S. Collegiate National Team.
Reed, a middle blocker, appeared in 11 matches for the Maize and Blue in 2013, recording five kills, six digs and a pair of blocks on the season. She had a pair of kills at Ohio State on Sept. 27 and had three digs in a three-set win over Northern Kentucky on Aug. 31. Reed was a 2012 Academic All-Big Ten member and is enrolled in the Ross School of Business.
Murphy, an outside hitter, played in eight matches for the Wolverines in 2013 and had four kills apiece in wins over Siena (Sept. 13) and Marshall (Sept. 20). Murphy was an Academic All-Big Ten selection her sophomore season. She has played in 45 matches in her U-M career and has 165 total kills.
"I'm very encouraged by all three of them," Rosen said. "They all bring different characteristics to the mix which will allow them to all fill key leadership roles for the coming season. Though we are excited, we also know there's a long process of developing that leadership to allow us to have a great championship culture within our program. We know leadership is a huge foundation for that culture."
Michigan returns 10 letterwinners and adds four newcomers to this year's squad. The full 2014 schedule will be announced later this week on MGoBlue.com.
Contact: Kent Reichert