Dec. 18, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - 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 (Wednesday, Dec. 18) to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-America team. All three were named to the AVCA All-North Region team last week.
Cross, a middle blocker, 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 (Oct. 11) and ended her career with 543 career blocks. She also eclipsed 1,000 kills in her career in the Ohio match (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).
Toon, an outside hitter, averaged 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.
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).
Michigan now has 14 AVCA All-America performers in school history (counting honorable mention). Cross picked up her second honor after earning third team recognition in 2012. This is the first All-America honorable mention for both Dannemiller and Toon.
Michigan (18-14) 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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