Volleyball unable to upset Purdue

By Alexa Dettelbach, Daily Sports Writer
Published September 22, 2012

In its second Big Ten game of the season, the Michigan women’s volleyball team was unable to finish the upset against No. 17 Purdue (1-1 Big Ten, 11-2 Overall)

The Wolverines (1-1, 13-3) fell in five sets to the Boilermakers. Sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Cross and fifth-year senior right side Claire McElheny led the way with 14 kills each. After getting off to a fast start by stealing the first set 25-23, the Wolverines were out killed .355 to .135 in the second set.

In the third set, Purdue jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but Michigan rallied to win 25-23 behind strong play from Junior outside hitters Lexi Erwin and Molly Toon. Erwin recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs.

After a sluggish fourth set, Michigan came out ready in the fifth set, but soon faltered because of their game low .091 kill percentage. At 7-7 in the fifth set, with both teams exchanging points, the Boilermakers ended the game on an 8-1 run, winning the fifth set 15-10.