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Michigan downs
Wolverines roll in _

Young leaders
will guide 'M'

four sets, pickup
first Big Ten win
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team
looked rusty at times, but it took
3-of-4 sets to win its first Big
- Ten match of the season Monday
against Michigan State.
The Wolverines won the final
two setsto seal the victory.
Setter Lexi Dannemiller came
out firing from the service line
in the first set, single-handedly
putting the Wolverines up 2-0
after forcing Michigan State
into back-to-back service return
errors. The senior showed no
jitters at Crisler Center in her first
start of the season.
The Spartans recovered from
the early hole, but neither team
gained momentum over the first
half of the set. A sharp kill from
junior middle-back Krystalyn
Goode went untouched onto the
Michigan State court, setting off
what ended up being the spark
the Wolverines needed.
The set worked its way up
to a 24-20 advantage for the
Wolverines, when' Dannemiller
set freshman designated server.
Caroline Knop, who sent the ball
deep into the Spartan court for.
her team-leading fourth kill to
seal the set.
"Krystalyn and I have a great
. relationship," Cole said. "We're
constantly yellingateachotherto
go up there and own the court."


Senior setter Lexi Dannemiller made significant cOntributisns at the Crisler Center in her first start this season.

Michigan trailed through the ensuing point, an attack error"
the early portions of the second from Cole allowed the Spartans
set and called a timeout with to tie the match,i-i.
Michigan State up, 13-9. One of Michigan State took full
the reasons for the deficit was the advantage of the momentum in
play of freshman outside hitter the third set, jumping out to an
Adeja Lambert, who converted early 12-7 lead. Then, Michigan
just two killson 11total attempts, freshman middle-back Claire
alongwithateam-high sixerrors. Kieffer-Wright sealed a point
After the timeout, the after alengthy volley, cutting the
Wolverines didn't look more Spartan lead to 13-10.
effective, and the Spartans''° The Wolverines, again aided
lead stretched to 20-14 before by.an aggressive hitting attack
Michigan called for another .froam'Goode and Cole, played
timeout. :a. lose ag e-for the rest of the
This time, the break worked.. way, eventually squeaking it out,
Blocks from both Dannemiller 26-24, taking a 2-1 match lead'
and Cole started a Wolverine into the fourth set.
rally, bringing Michigan within The rivals exchanged points
range, trailing just 22-24. But on through the early part of the

ffourth set before putting up
matching streaks. Michigan
State was the first to strike,
taking four of the next five
points, reaching out to a 14-11
lead. Michigan fought back,
stringing together five points in
a row to steal the front position
with a 16-14 advantage.
Runs of two and three points
set the set at another critical
24-23 showdown with the
Wolverines on top, and ended
up clinching both the set, 26-24,
and match, 3-1, on a kill from
Michigan will look to hold
on to that momentum when it
travels to play the Spartans in
East Lansing on Friday.

Dannemiller impresses in first start

By JESS WOLMA occasions because Dannemiller
For the Daily was able find opportunities with
her front row.
In a rivalry match against Freshman Caroline Knop led
Michigan State, with the Crisler the team in kills for the night
Center as a backdrop, the with 14. Sophomore Abby Cole
Michigan volleyball team played and junior Krystalyn Goode also
supporting actor to its lone senior made significant contributions to
member,setter Lexi Dannemiller. the Wolverines' offense.
Despite missing the first 10 Even with the time off,
games of the 2014 season due Dannemiller said the chemistry
to mononucleosis, Dannemiller with her front row remained
still managed to steal the show, intact.
making key contributions in the "We communicate well," she
four-set win. said. "If something goes wrong,
"I'm definitely slow," we can change on the fly."
Dannemiller said. "But (assistant Despite starting off the second
coach) Erin Virtue has been set 3-0 thanks to Dannemiller's
helping me with ways to work aggressive serving, the
around that." Wolverines droppedthe settothe
And working with the Spartans, 25-22.
medical staff has clearly paid off. In the locker room after the
Dannemiller opened the first set second set, Michigan coach Mark
with a pair of aces to set the pace Rosen made sure to let the team
for the Wolverines. Although the know that they could have won
Spartans' block, led primarily that last game and were neck-
by senior Jazmine White, was and-neck with the Spartans.
strong, Michigan managed to "The bottom line is that I
side out quickly on multiple thought we were playing right

with them," Rosen said.
A series of ill-timed errors
left Dannemiller and her team
down 10-5 early in the third set
as Michigan struggled to keep up
with the high-powered Spartan
offense led by sophomore outside
hitter Chloe Reinig.
It was there in the third set
that Dannemiller showed the
spectators in Crisler that she was
not just a setter.
"She's an unbelievable
volleyball player," Rosen said.
"She's a great defender, she's a
great server, she's even a great
The Wolverines' setter led
her team with a total of 17 digs,
many of which came vitally in
the third set.
Having finally clawed
their way out of the deficit,
Dannemiller and her team made
superior shot selections, utilizing
both tips and full swings to close
the third set, 26-24.
The fourth set was
chnearezed by firce

defense on both sides of the
net. Junior Tiffany Morales
joined Dannemiller to help the
Wolverines keep the game close
at 7-7 early on.
The energy in Crisler escalated
as the game wore on, culminating
after Michigan made the score
20-16, only five points away from
victory. A decisive combination
from Dannemiller to freshman
Claire Kieffer-Wright ended in a
kill and clinched the win.
Rosen credited the win
to the team as a whole, but
acknowledged Dannemiller's
"Lexi is a very experienced
senior, not only in how she
delivers the ball but her
personality on the court," he said.
"You can see her being a coach on
the floor."
Dannemiller was welcomed
back whole-heartedly, and
Rosen will surely look forward
to seeing more of her "veteran
leadership" throughout the rest
of the seasonn.

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JT Compher hasn't wavered. The former U.S.
National Team Development
ed captain as a Program captain led the
Wolverines in scoring last 4
sophomore season with 31 points, earning
himself Michigan and Big Ten
By ERIN LENNON Freshman of the Year honors.
Daily Sports Writer So his pick was no surprise.
"There's a lot of respect
April, when a season- coming from the older guys and
loss in the first round of younger guys," Compher said.
g Ten Tournament forced "It's definitely different being a
tichigan hockey team to younger guy that's captain, but
ahead to September, the it's going well. Right now, I'm
ning Wolverines sat down just leading by example."
oted on their 2014-15 Michigan now has a captain
ns. in each of the three upper
ior forwards Phil Di classes. And though the trend
ppe and Alex Guptill of sophomore captains might
Ann Arbor to pursue not become the new norm
sional hockey careers of Michigan hockey, formal
their college eligibility underclassman leadership
shrinking the rising makes for a unique opportunity
class down to five. The on a bottom-heavy roster.
aid goodbye to departing "You have two special players
ship in captains Mac in Copp and (Compher)," said
tt and Derek DeBlois, senior alternate captain Zach
ell as informal leaders Hyman. "I think it's really
rward Luke Moffatt and interesting that. we have a
nder Adam Janecyk. captain in each of the three
for a second straight classes, besides the freshman
the class,
rines obviously.
i to a That could be
more "That could be a a really good
ig Ten g dthing just. to
man of good thing, just have a leader
ear JT in each class."
her - to to have a leader 'the
it back , Wolverines
e NCAA in each class.' added eight
ament. freshmen one
mpher year after
's the bringing in
f junior forward Andrew a nine-man class. And like it
who traded his "A" in did last season, the team needs
"C-emblazoned jersey immediate impact from its
eason. Last year, Copp newcomers if it wants to be
e the first sophomore skating in April.
in since current Detroit Names like Dylan Larkin
Wings forward Luke and Zach Werenski suggest
ening in 2009. the talent is there. But Larkin
e Copp, Glendening and Werenski weren't in St.
to Michigan without Paul when Penn State scored a
tations of greatness. He double-overtime goal off a face-
hose between football off, keeping Michigan out of the
ockey, and entered his NCAA Tournament for a second
man year as a question straight year. And talent doesn't
to play on an elite teach a sense of urgency.
on-I team. In fact, before "It was stated early on;" said
ng on campus, Glendening sophomore defenseman Kevin
old he should accept an Lohan. "With these kids, you
from another institution, come into Michigan, everybody
eceived it. knows the expectations and
o years and 35 games later, obviously follows the program
ening became one of just a when they haven't gotten here
ul of three-year captains yet. I think our team knows
gram history. we have to get back to where
ording to Michigan Michigan was traditionally."
Red Berenson, choices The assimilation process
ilendening and Copp are began in May, when most of
easier because of a lack the incoming players began
ong leadership among the conditioning with the team
classes. Those who make in Ann Arbor. There, captains
pact and are in it for the worked to create a culture
aul are rare commodities. of desperation, reminding
drew Copp is one of freshmen and each other of the
" Berenson said. "We had late-season letdown. Even now,
unior class ahead of him, because coaches are still limited
ey weren't the kind of kids to 30 minutes of ice time per
were committed to our practice, the responsibility has
am like he was. fallen on the captains to keep
was the same way. He the tempo up to game-level.
in and made an immediate After culture comes comfort
t on our team. The way he level, and this season, bonding
ctedhimselfandthewayhe came in the form of touch
ed his whole college hockey football. The Wolverines
itment was something he substituted a game at the Big
ly believed in." House for practice last week.
ile Compher, a second- "We try to eliminate that
draft pick of the Buffalo class factor right away,"
s, came to Michigan as one Copp said. "These guys aren't

highlightsofhisrecruiting freshmen, we're not seniors.
his commitment to We're 27 guys tryingto go in the
oping in the college setting right direction."





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