#17 Michigan Dominates Hoosiers In Three Set Sweep

  0 volleymob | November 10th, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Stats

  • #17 Michigan def. Indiana (25-17, 25-22, 25-22)
  • Michigan improves to 21-6 (10-5 B1G), Indiana falls to 16-12 (5-10 B1G)
  • Hosted by Michigan

Press Release

Courtesy of Michigan Athletics

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Score: #17 Michigan 3, Indiana 0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22)
Records: U-M (21-6, 10-5 B1G), IU (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 12 — at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Double-figure kill outings from Claire Kieffer-Wright and Kelly Murphy propelled the No. 17-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team to a three-set sweep of the visiting Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday night (Nov. 9) at the Wolverines’ home court inside Cliff Keen Arena.

With five matches to play in the regular season, Michigan has now surpassed its win record from last year with 21 total wins and 10 in the Big Ten. Additionally, Wednesday’s sweep is Michigan’s first this season when playing at home during Big Ten Conference play.

Michigan took the first point of the match on a kill from Kieffer-Wright, but Indiana responded by jumping out to a 5-1 lead. Multiple Indiana errors then tied the score at 6-6, and the teams kept pace until a Hoosier service error gave Michigan a 15-14 lead going into the media timeout. From there, back-to-back kills from Abby Cole and Murphy put the Wolverines on a 9-3 run that ended the set with the Wolverines on top, 25-17.

The second set began much like the first, as the two teams battled for an edge over their opponent early on. A 7-0 run was the difference maker, however, as timely kills from Kieffer-Wright, Murphy and Ally Davis gave the Wolverines a 15-10 lead at the media timeout. Despite Michigan’s lead, Indiana fought back to come within one, but the Maize and Blue never lost the lead in the race to a 25-22 second set victory.

Up 2-0 following intermission, the third and final set of the night was a battle on both sides of the court, featuring nine ties and four lead changes. Michigan never led by more than three and never trailed by more than three, as clutch digs from the back row allowed the Wolverines to remain confident. Trailing 20-19 late in the set, the Maize and Blue took advantage of three straight Indiana errors to ride out a 6-2 run for a 25-22 third-set win.

Kieffer-Wright led Michigan’s front row on the night with 12 kills at a .412 attack average. She also added a match-high seven total blocks.

Offensively, Murphy followed Kieffer-Wright’s lead with 10 kills on the night at a .333 clip, adding a team second-best six digs. Cole was also big at the net, registering nine kills and committing just one error for an impressive .571 kill percentage along with five blocks — including tying her season high with three solo stuffs.

Everyone contributed defensively in the victory, as all but one started tallied a dig in the effort. Jenna Lerg led the charge for the 26th match this season, recording a team-high eight digs. Additionally, the Wolverines’ 13 team blocks on the night marks a season high for Michigan in three-set matches this year.


The No. 17-ranked Wolverines will now embark on a three-match road trip, stopping first for a contest at Michigan State this Saturday (Nov. 12). First serve for the match is set for 7 p.m. at the Jenison Field House in East Lansing. The contest will be streamed live on BTN Plus.

Press Release

Courtesy of Indiana Athletics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Senior Jazzmine McDonald led the Hoosiers with 11 kills but the Hoosiers fell in three sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-22) at No. 17 Michigan on Wednesday.

For McDonald it was her fourth straight match to reach double-figures in kills. McDonald hit .368 for the match and added three blocks.

Freshman middle blocker Deyshia Lofton added eight kills and senior libero Taylor Lebo tallied nine digs in the match.

After falling behind 2-0 in the match the Hoosiers (16-12, 5-10) got out to an 8-5 lead in the third set.

The Hoosiers led 19-17 on a kill from McDonald, but Michigan (21-6, 10-5) came back to tie the set, 19-19.

The Hoosiers went ahead 20-19 on a kill from sophomore Jessica Admire, but that is the last time they led as Michigan scored six of the final eight points to win the set and the match.

Up next the Hoosiers host senior night on Saturday Nov. 12 as they host No. 1 Nebraska at 7:00 p.m.

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