Dec. 10, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Michigan seniors Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) and junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) were named this afternoon (Tuesday, Dec. 10) to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-North Region team. The three selections mark the most for Michigan volleyball in a season; U-M had two honorees in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Cross, a middle blocker, becomes the third Wolverine to be a two-time all-region honoree (non-honorable mention), following Katie Bruzdzinski (2006, '07) and Lexi Zimmerman (2007, '08, '09, '10). She started all 32 matches for the Maize and Blue this season, averaging 2.82 kills a set and hitting at a .320 clip. Cross, a co-captain and All-Big Ten selection, broke Michigan's all-time blocks mark in the Nebraska match on Oct. 11 and ended her career with 543 career blocks. She also eclipsed 1,000 kills in her career in the Ohio match on Sept. 21 and had 1,255 terminations. Cross, who is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for collegiate volleyball, had a season-high 18 kills in that Ohio match, and tied a season high with nine blocks in the NCAA Tournament first-round match against LSU (Dec. 6). She had 22 double-digit kill performances this season and led the Wolverines in terminations on seven occasions.
Toon, an outside hitter, earns her first all-region honor after averaging a team-best 3.14 kills a set her senior year. Toon also averaged 1.16 digs a set and had 50 total blocks. In the NCAA Tournament first round match against LSU (Dec. 6), she had a team-high 15 kills to go along with 11 digs and six blocks. Toon had 20 kills in a four-set win at Northwestern (Nov. 10) and had 19 double-digit kill performances in 2013. Toon also led Michigan in kills on 11 occasions. She ended her Michigan career with 876 kills, 302 digs and 147 total blocks.
Dannemiller, a setter, averaged 10.84 assists and 2.09 digs per set in earning her first all-region honor. 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). The Preseason All-Big Ten performer has 4,489 assists, 927 digs and 90 service aces in her three-year career.
Michigan now has 13 all-region performers in school history (not counting honorable mention). The AVCA changed its all-region teams this year to include five outside/opposite hitters, three middle blockers, two setters, a libero/defensive specialist and three at-large selections. This also is the first year Michigan is in the north region.
Cross, Dannemiller and Toon will now be considered for AVCA All-America honors. Those three teams will be announced next Wednesday (Dec. 18).
Michigan went 18-14 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in school history in 2013. The Wolverines fell to LSU in five sets in the first round of the tournament.
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