Michigan v. PSU: Match Preview Interview with PSU Assistant Coach Dennis Hohenshelt

The Match: Penn State (19-4; 9-3 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (20-4, 9-3 Big Ten)

Where and When: Ann Arbor, MI.; Friday, November 5th, 7:00 p.m. E.T.

Media Coverage: Game Tracker; Listen to Michigan Broadcast; Live Stream – ESPN 3; TV: ESPN 2 (Tape Delay) 

Michigan will be pulling out all the stops this Friday night, with a Maize Out, a Pom Pom Giveaway, a Volleyball Trivia contest, Player Introduction with Mini Volleyballs (we’re guessing that doesn’t include the Penn State team), a “Kids Line the Court” thingy (do they really make them stand the entire match?), and an “Ace T-Shirts” contest, or giveaway, or something.  And that’s before the match even starts!  

If past is predicate, the Nittany Lions better look out.  The last time these teams met in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines came within a whisker of knocking off Penn State, forcing them to five sets. 

This year’s Michigan team is even better.  The #15-ranked (AVCA Poll) Wolverines are coming off a big 3-1 win at Wisconsin on Saturday, October 30th  (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19) — the first time Michigan had won in Madison since 1992.  Offensively, Michigan was led (as usual) by 6-0 Jr. OH Alex Hunt (20 kills), followed by 6-2 RS So. RS Claire McElheny (16 Kills), 6-4 Fr. MB Jennifer Cross (10 kills), and 6-1 Fr. OH Lexi Erwin (8 kills).  5-9 Jr. L Sloane Donhoff had 19 digs and All American 5-10 Sr. S Lexi Zimmerman (heck, we’ll give her All World status), dished out 49 assists, totaled 16 digs,and added four blocks and three kills.   Wow! 

Here’s Penn State Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach Dennis Hohenshelt talking about the challenges facing Penn State against Michigan this evening and Michigan State Saturday night:  

We could have posted video from Penn State’s sweep of Michigan in Rec Hall earlier this season, but we think that was a different Michigan team. Here’s video we think is more like the Michigan team we’ll be seeing tonight — highlights from Michigan’s October 23rd 3-2 win over Purdue:

Stat Joust


Team Rosters

2010 Michigan Volleyball Roster

No.   Name Pos.   Ht.   Elig. Hometown (High School)
1   Molly Toon OH   6-0   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   6-0   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)

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