Cross, Erwin, Morales Selected to All-Big Ten Teams
MGOBLUE Jennifer Cross
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Jennifer Cross
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Nov. 27, 2012

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan volleyball juniors Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) were named to the 16-member All-Big Ten team, while freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) was a unanimous selection to the conference's all-freshman team, the league announced this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 27). In addition, fifth-year senior Claire McElheny (Westfield, Ind./Brebeuf Prep) was U-M's honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Cross, a middle blocker, has played in every set of every match for the Maize and Blue this season. The Scarborough, Ontario, native is second in the Big Ten, averaging 1.28 blocks per set. She also averages 2.62 kills a set. Cross, who has a team-high .321 hitting percentage, has put down double-digit kills 17 times this year and has recorded seven or more blocks in a match seven times, including a career-high nine against Western Kentucky on Sept. 15. Cross earned Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 15 after a 14-kill, seven-block performance against Illinois on Oct. 10. She recorded a career-high 18 kills and had a .444 hitting percentage at Northwestern on Nov. 16 and registered 17 kills in a five-set win over Arkansas on Sept. 1.

Erwin, an outside hitter, has played in every match for Michigan this year. The Spring, Texas, native leads the Wolverines and is eighth in the Big Ten in both points (4.55) and kills (4.02) per set. Erwin also has 2.44 digs a set, 37 service aces and 61 total blocks. Erwin was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Aug. 27 after averaging 5.87 kills per set in four matches of the Tiger Invitational. That included a career high 29-kill performance in a win over Virginia Tech on Aug. 25. Erwin has been in double figures in kills 29 times while recording 14 double-doubles. She tied a career high with 17 digs in a win over Arkansas on Sept. 1 and ended the regular season with a 22-kill performance at No. 14 Ohio State on Nov. 23.

Morales, a libero, leads the Wolverines and is seventh in the Big Ten with 3.79 digs a set. The Redondo Beach, Calif., native has played in every match for U-M and has been in double figures in digs on 26 occasions. Morales was named the Big Ten Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week on Oct. 1 after recording 25 digs in a three-set win at Iowa on Sept. 28 and having 23 digs in four sets at Nebraska on Sept. 30. She had a career-high 27 digs in a five-set win over Arkansas on Sept. 1, one of six 20-plus dig performances in 2012. Morales also has 104 assists on the season, including a season-high nine in the Iowa win.

McElheny, a right side, is a co-captain for the Maize and Blue in 2012. The Westfield, Ind., native is averaging 2.37 kills a set and has 53 total blocks. She hit .900 (9-0-10) on Senior Night in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 10 and had a season-high 18 kills on a career-high 45 attempts at Northwestern on Nov. 16. McElheny has played in 96 matches in her U-M career, with 76 starts. She has eight double-digit kill matches this season and 31 in her career.

This is the third time in program history that two Wolverines were named to the All-Big Ten team. Lexi Zimmerman and Juliana Paz were selected to the team in 2009, while Zimmerman joined Alex Hunt in 2010. Morales also earns Michigan's third straight selection to the all-freshman team after Cross in 2010 and Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) last season.

In the Big Ten specialty awards, Penn State's Ariel Scott was named the Player of the Year, while the Nittany Lions' Micha Hancock earned Setter of the Year. PSU's Megan Courtney was named Freshman of the Year and Michigan State's Kori Moster was the Defensive Player of the Year. Penn State's Russ Rose earned Coach of the Year.

Michigan (23-11) now heads to Louisville, Ky., and the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Maize and Blue faces Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

ALL-BIG TEN*
Liz McMahon, So., OPP, ILL
Jennifer Cross, Jr., MB, MICH
Lexi Erwin, Jr., OH, MICH
LAUREN WICINSKI, JR., OH, MSU
TORI DIXON, JR., MB, MINN
KATHERINE HARMS, SR., OPP, MINN
Lauren Cook, Sr., S, NEB
GINA MANCUSO, SR., OH, NEB
Hannah Werth, Sr., OH, NEB
Stephanie Holthus, Jr., OH, NU
MARI HOLE, SR., OH, OSU
DEJA McCLENDON, JR., OH, PSU
Micha Hancock, So., S, PSU
Katie Slay, Jr., MH, PSU
ARIEL SCOTT, Jr., OH, PSU
ARIEL TURNER, Sr., OH, PUR

Honorable Mention
Jocelynn Birks, Fr., OH, ILL
Jordan Haverly, Jr., OH, IND
Kori Moster, So., LIB, MSU
Ashley Wittman, Jr., OH, MINN
Emily Danks, Sr., RS, OSU
Kaitlyn Leary, Jr., OH, OSU
Carly Cramer, Jr., LIB, PUR

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
JOCELYNN BIRKS, OH, ILL
TIFFANY MORALES, LIB, MICH
Halle Peterson, S, MSU
DALY SANTANA, OH, MINN
MEGHAN HAGGERTY, MB, NEB
MEGAN COURTNEY, OH, PSU
Annie Drews, OPP, PUR

* Additional honorees due to a tie
Unanimous selections in CAPS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ariel Scott, PSU

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kori Moster, MSU

SETTER OF THE YEAR
Micha Hancock, PSU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Megan Courtney, PSU

COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA)
Russ Rose, PSU

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Jessica Jendryk, ILL
Samantha Thrower, IND
Allison Straumann, IOWA
Claire McElheny, MICH
Kristen Kelsay, MSU
Mia Tabberson, MINN
Allison McNeal, NEB
Madalyn Shalter, NU
Alyssa Winner, OSU
Kristen Carpenter, PSU
Rachel Davis, PUR
Julie Mikaelsen, WIS

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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