Aug 16, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team has been picked to finish third in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches' poll, the conference announced this morning (Friday, Aug. 16). The Wolverines have a program-best three players on the Preseason All-Big Ten team, as seniors Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) were named to the 14-player squad.
The ranking marks U-M's highest selection in the conference's preseason poll, eclipsing the previous high of fourth in 2009. Penn State, the defending Big Ten champion, was chosen as the conference favorite while Minnesota was voted to finish second. Michigan was followed by Nebraska, Michigan State and Illinois in the Big Ten's six-team poll.
Erwin and Cross both were named to the All-Big Ten team in 2012, while all three players make their Preseason All-Big Ten team debut. Cross was an AVCA All-America third team selection her junior season, while Erwin earned All-America honorable mention. Erwin also was the Most Valuable Player of the Berkeley Regional and was selected to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Division I Championships. Erwin, Cross and Dannemiller all were named to the All-Tournament team at the Berkeley Regional. The trio also combined for four Big Ten weekly honors in 2012.
Michigan starts the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Clemson at the Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. That match starts at noon. The first home match for the Wolverines will be on Friday, Sept. 6, against Oregon State as part of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. The match starts at 7 p.m.
2013 Big Ten Preseason Poll
1. Penn State
5. Michigan State
2013 Preseason All-Big Ten Team
Jocelynn Birks, Illinois
Liz McMahon, Illinois
Jennifer Cross, MICHIGAN
Lexi Dannemiller, MICHIGAN
Lexi Erwin, MICHIGAN
Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State
Tori Dixon, Minnesota
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
Stephanie Holthus, Northwestern
Megan Courtney, Penn State
Micha Hancock, Penn State
Deja McClendon, Penn State
Ariel Scott, Penn State
Katie Slay, Penn State
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423