Michigan topples Baylor in four sets
Hunt tallies 17 kills, 11 digs to lead Wolverines past Bears
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Spearheaded by a three players with double-digit kills, Michigan rallied for a 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-11, 29-27, 25-17) against Baylor in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday evening at Maples Pavilion.
Alex Hunt put down 17 kills and recorded 11 digs to lead Michigan in the contest. Molly Toon and Claire McElheny joined Hunt in double figures with 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Setter Lexi Dannemiller handed out 53 assists while going for 10 digs and a career-best six kills. Libero Sloane Donhoff anchored the Michigan defense, recording 25 of the team's 79 digs.
After falling behind 20-17 in the first set, the Wolverines scored the next three points to tie the set and force a Baylor timeout. The teams traded the next four points and were tied at 22-22 when sophomore Ally Sabol's serve found the net to put Baylor on top, 23-22. The Bears scored the next two points to take the first, 25-22. Michigan totaled just 10 kills in the frame, hitting .143 to Baylor's .211 attack percentage and 17 kills.
Michigan held a 7-5 lead in the second set before scoring the next six points for a 13-5 lead. The Wolverines closed the set in similar fashion, scoring the final eight points in the 25-11 win. The Wolverines never trailed in the set, putting down 18 kills to Baylor's seven.
With the Maize and Blue down 18-12 in the third, a Baylor service error ignited a 6-0 Michigan run, largely on the serve of Lexi Erwin, to knot the set at 18-18. The teams traded points down the stretch as Michigan staved off three Baylor set points, using a kill from Toon to tie the frame at 27-27. Back-to-back kills from Dannemiller provided the final two points as the Wolverines grabbed a 29-27 victory.
Michigan jumped in front 8-3 in the fourth to force an early Baylor timeout. The Wolverines kept at least a five-point cushion the rest of the way, taking a 25-17 decision on a Toon termination to end the match.