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UM Volleyball Topples Seton Hall

Oct. 13, 2002

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (www.hurricanesports.com) – – The University of Miami volleyball team (17-1, 5-1 in BIG EAST Conference play) took its second straight conference victory Sunday at the Knight Sports Complex, defeating Seton Hall (8-14, 0-4) 3-0.

Coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said that she knew the Pirates were among the more dangerous teams in conference entering Sunday’s match and that she was pleased with the way her team responded.

The Hurricanes won by scores of 30-22, 30-22, and 30-25.

“They have some very dangerous hitters,” Lantagne Welch noted. The coach cited senior outside hitter Marcela Gamarra (Medellin, Colombia/Miami-Dade CC) for her steady and consistent contributions throughout the match. Gamarra led the Hurricanes with a match high 16 kills and generated a .368 hitting percentage.

In the hitting percentage category, Valeria Tipiana (Lima, Peru/Cristo Rey Catholic HS) led with an improbable .765 hitting percentage. She had 13 kills in the match.

Freshman middle blocker Karla Johnson (Houston, Texas/Westfield HS) continued to be a force for the Hurricanes, chipping in with 12 kills and six total blocks.

Sophomore setter Mallorey James (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) passed for 52 assists.

Kari Belin led the Pirates with 13 kills (.250 hitting percentage).

UM’s next match is Wednesday, Oct. 16 against Florida International at 7 p.m. in the Knight Sports Complex. The following Monday, the Hurricanes will face a stern test when they host the South Florida Bulls at 7 p.m. in the Knight Sports Complex.

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