Women's Volleyball
Match Notes: Illinois to Face Michigan on Big Ten Network

Annie Luhrsen tabbed her 3,500th career assist on Saturday against Penn State. Her 2,338 at Illinois rank eighth all time.
Annie Luhrsen tabbed her 3,500th career assist on Saturday against Penn State. Her 2,338 at Illinois rank eighth all time.

Oct. 9, 2012


Wednesday, Oct. 10 • No. 22 Illinois at Michigan • Cliff Keen Arena • 7 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network • Mike Wolf and Liz Tortorello-Nelson
Radio: Illini Radio Network • Dave Loane and Marla Glasser 
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The Last Meeting
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November 19, 2011
Ann Arbor, Mich.
#7 Illini Bounce Back with 3-1 Win over #23 Michigan
No. 7 Illinois bounced back by hitting .361 in a 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-14, 27-25, 25-21) over No. 23 Michigan on Saturday night at Cliff Keen Arena. Box Score | Hambly Interview |

ABOUT MICHIGAN (14-6, 2-4 Big Ten)

The Wolverines worked a solid non-conference slate, going 12-2 in early season tournaments. Their only losses came to Marquette and Western Kentucky, while the Wolverines defeated their only ranked preseason opponent with a 3-1 victory over then-No. 25 Northern Iowa. The Wolverines began the season ranked No. 23 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, but have since dropped out of the top 25. The rank 28th in the RPI. Michigan opened conference play 2-1, but has since dropped the last three straight, falling 3-1 to No. 4 Nebraska and No. 10 Minnesota and 3-0 to Wisconsin.

Junior outside hitter Lexi Erwin leads the Wolverines' attack with 284 kills and 20 aces, and ranks second in digs with 192. Classmate Jennifer Cross is the lone middle in the Big Ten with 100+ blocks, ranking second with an average of 1.36  blocks per set for a total of 103. She sits in second on the team in kills, with 189. 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman setter Lexi Dannemiller has 768 assists to go along with 166 digs, and freshman defensive specialist Tiffany Morales ranks fifth in the conference with 299 digs.

Michigan Match Notes (PDF)


The Illini are 43-19 all time against the Wolverines and 17-12 in Ann Arbor. The Orange and Blue have won seven of the last eight contests, with Illinois' only loss to Michigan since 2008 coming in four sets on Oct, 9, 2010, at Cliff Keen Arena.


The Orange and Blue dropped a pair of heartbreakers last weekend, falling in five to No. 19 Ohio State and No. 1 Penn State. Illinois had a 2-0 lead over Ohio State, but the Buckeyes battled back to force a fifth set, and won the match with a 15-12 victory in the final frame. The Illini took the first set from top-ranked Penn State, and after the Nittany Lions won two and three, the Illini earned a 26-24 victory in the fourth to go to five for the third-straight night. Illinois led 14-10 in the final stanza, but the Nittany Lions proved why they're No. 1, coming from behind to win 18-16 and earn their first win at Huff since 2009.

Jennifer Beltran moved into second place all-time at Illinois in career digs, while Erin Johnson broke into the top 10 in career blocks. Redshirt freshman Jocelynn Birks had a dazzling performance against Penn State, notching 23 digs, 20 kills, five blocks and an ace to become just the fifth Illinois player to record a 20-20 in her first season as a letter winner. 


In her first two seasons at Illinois, Jennifer Beltran recorded the top two single-season digs performances in school history, ranking her fifth all-time in career digs entering the season (1,194). On Sept. 15, Beltran passed Lauren Harks `04, and into fourth all time, when she recorded her first career double-double (11a, 18d) against Cincinnati. On Sept. 28, she vaulted over Mary Coleman '98 into third place, registering 12 digs at Indiana. One week later, on Oct. 5, Beltran passed Tracey Marshall '99 to move into second place, tabbing 25 digs against Ohio State. The junior libero has a ways to go before catching Ashley Edinger in the No. 1 spot (1,921), currently owning 1,453 career digs.

Illinois Career Digs
1. 1,921 Ashley Edinger 2006-09
2. 1,453 Jennifer Beltran 2010-
3. 1,426 Tracey Marshall 1996-09
4. 1,393 Mary Coleman 1995-98
5. 1,346 Lauren Harks 2001-04

Illinois Single-Season Digs
1. 623 Jennifer Beltran 2010
2. 571 Jennifer Beltran 2011
3. 564 Ashley Edinger 2007
4. 562 Ashley Edinger 2008
5. 520 Beth Vrdsky 2005


Senior middle blocker Erin Johnson has become one of Illinois' best blockers in school history, tabbing 23 solo blocks and 387 assists for a total of 410 blocks. She currently ranks ninth in block assists, and broke into the top 10 against Penn State, with her 410th career block. She needs four block assists and six total blocks to move up in each respective category.

Illinois Career Block Assists
1. 613 Johannah Bangert 2007-10
2. 452 Kristin Henriksen 1990-93
3. 442 Mary Eggers 1985-88
4. 422 Michelle Bartsch 2008-11
5. 413 Betsy Spicer 1997-00
6. 401 Sara Sorrell 1996-99
7. 398 Nancy Brookhart 1986-89
8. 391 Denise Fracaro 1982-85
9. 387 Erin Johnson 2009-
10. 339 Disa Johnson 1984-87

Illinois Career Total Blocks
1. 653 Johannah Bangert 2007-10
2. 562 Mary Eggers 1985-88
3. 550 Kristen Henriksen 1990-93
4. 522 Nancy Brookhart 1986-89
5. 497 Denise Fracaro 1982-85
6. 456 Betsy Spicer 1997-00
7. 455 Sara Sorrell 1996-99
8. 451 Michelle Bartsch 2008-11
9. 416 Laura Bush 1987-90
10. 410 Erin Johnson 2009-


In her second season as the Illini's starting setter, redshirt senior Annie Luhrsen ranks eighth all-time at the University of Illinois in career assists, with 2,338. She is one of just nine setters to reach the 2,000-mark at Illinois. The Wheaton, Ill., native registered an additional 1,165 assists her freshman year at UConn, bringing her combined career total to 3,503. 

Illinois Career Assists (2,000+)
1. 5,797 Melissa Beithz 1996-99
2. 5,550 Disa Johnson 1984-87
3. 4,457 Barb Winsett 1987-90
4. 3,956 Hillary Haen 2007-10
5. 3,847 Lizzie Bazzetta 2005-08
6. 3,661 Merrill Mullis 1990-93
7. 3,578 Betsy Eiserman 1999-02
8. 2,338 Annie Luhrsen 2010-
9. 2,222 Erin Virtue 2001-04