Miami Gets Revenge, Defeats FAU, 3-1
Nov. 6, 2001
Coral Gables, Fla. – Miami got FAU in its own house and avenged an earlyseason loss to the Owls by winning in four games, 3-1 (27-30, 30-18, 30-23 & 32-30).
In their last home match of the year, the Hurricanes (16-7 overall) powered totheir 10th-straight win and improved to 13-1 at the Knight Sports Complex.
FAU came out swinging in game one with a .222 attack percentage to UM’s .197.The Owls won 30-27.
In the second game, Miami responded to the challenge and pounded Florida Atlanticwith a .455 attack percentage. The Hurricanes evened the match with the 30-18win.
Miami took game three, 30-23.
FAU refused to collapse. The Owls evened the score in game four at 28-28 beforeMiami head coach Nicole Lantagne called a timeout. After the adjustment, seniorKristi Sprinkel, in her last home match for Miami, struck over the middle of thecourt to seal the win, 32-30.
“It was everything I could hope for,” said Sprinkel. “It was a great match andwe played hard. We came out with the win. I was happy to put the ball away toend it.”
Junior outside hitter Marcela Gamarra (Medellin, Colombia) scored 28 kills on59 attacks (.390) and had 12 digs. Sandra Totten (Thermal, Calif.) scored 12 killsand Valeria Tipiana (Lima, Peru) contributed 10.
“We had to play our best to win this match,” said Lantagne. “This has been anincredible year. We’ve really overachieved and we’re just going to get betterfrom here. These young players have worked hard and delivered throughout the season.”
Miami travels to St. Thomas to play its last home match of the 2001 season onTuesday, November 13th at 7 p.m.