Match Preview: Michigan vs. Penn State

The Match: #19 Michigan (14-1)  vs.  #4 Penn State (12-2)            

When and Where: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:00 p.m. E.T., Rec Hall             

Media Coverage: GameTracker; TV: BTN Live

Match Snapshot

Penn State, which extended its consecutive home winning streak to 81 on Friday night by sweeping Michigan State, will be facing a very tough Michigan team that is on a 12-match winning streak, having defeated Ohio State (13-3) in Columbus, Ohio Friday night, 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19).  Michigan was led by Jr. OH Alex Hunt with 17 kills, 6 digs and a service ace (for some reason, the Michigan roster doesn’t list Alex’s height; what’s that about?) . 

All-American Sr. S Lexi Zimmerman recorded 39 assists,  11 digs and six kills, leading Michigan’s balanced attack to a .365 attack % for the match.  In addition to Hunt, 6-4 Fr. MB Jennifer Cross had 9 kills and 6-2 RS So. Claire McElheny and 6-4 Jr. MB Courtney Fletcher each had eight.

Penn State opened its weekend homestand with a workmanlike win over Michigan State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-17).  Arielle Wilson (14 kills, .524 attack %, 3 blocks), Deja McClendon (14 kills, .276 attack %) and Blair Brown (10 kills, .333 attack %, 5 digs, 5 blocks) led the way for the Nittany Lions.  In addition to  Wilson, Brown , and McClendon, key players for Penn State include 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza (1.30 bps), 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico (4.38 dps, .71 aces/s), 5-6 So. S Kristin Carpenter (10.00 asst./s, 2.13 dps), 6-5 Jr. OH Katie Kabbes (2.11 kps, 0.97 bps) and 5-1 Sr. DS Cathy Quilico (1.76 dps).

Big Ten Stat Joust: Team

Here is a comparison of Penn State and Michigan through 9-26-10 in selected Big Ten team statistical categories (all opponents):  

Big Ten Stat Joust: Individual

Here’s a comparison of individiual Michigan and Penn State players, through 9-26-10 (all opponents) in various Big Ten statistical categories:


Penn State Roster

2010 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Ariel Scott

MHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Katie Kabbes OHJr.6-5RaleighNorth Carolina
3Fatima Balza MHSr.6-3MeridaVenezuela
4Jessica Ullrich DSSr.5-8WinfieldIllinois
5Kristin Carpenter S/DSSo.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Maddie MartinOHFr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Arielle Wilson MHSr.6-3BroadviewIllinois
8Erica Denny
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

12Alyssa D'Errico L/DSSr.5-9ByronNew York
13 Megan Shifflett DS/SJr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Cathy QuilicoL/DSSr.5-1Thousand OaksCalifornia
15Maggie HardingDSFr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Katie Slay
MHFr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18Deja McClendon

19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado

Michigan Roster

No.   Name Pos.   Ht.   Elig. Hometown (High School)
1   Molly Toon OH       FR Middleton, Wis. (Middleton)
2   Jennifer Cross MB   6-4   FR Scarborough, Ont. (Birchmount Park Collegiate)
3   Sloane Donhoff L/DS   5-9   JR Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)
4   Michelle McMahon DS   5-6   JR Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills Northern)
6   Karlee Bruck MB   6-3   RS JR Elyria, Ohio (Elyria)
7   Catherine Yager S   6-0   SO St. Michael, Minn. (Albertville)
8   Alex Hunt OH       JR Granger, Ind. (South Bend St. Joseph)
11   Lexi Erwin OH   6-1   FR Spring, Texas (Woodlands College Park)
12   Maggie Busch DS/L   5-7   SR Toledo, Ohio (Toledo Christian)
13   Ally Sabol DS/L   5-5   FR Los Angeles, Calif. (Marymount)
14   Claire McElheny RS   6-2   RS SO Westfield, Ind. (Brebeuf Prep)
15   Courtney Fletcher MB   6-4   JR Duluth, Ga. (Northview)
16   Brittany Lee DS/L   5-9   RS FR Indianapolis, Ind. (Cathedral)
17   Lexi Zimmerman S   5-10   SR Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)
19   Amanda Yerke RS   6-3   SO Commerce Twp., Mich. (Walled Lake Northern)