Hurricanes Prevail Over Red Storm
Nov. 1, 2002
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (www.hurricanesports.com) – – The University of Miami volleyball team (20-3, 6-2) took its second consecutive victory Friday night when it met BIG EAST Conference rival St. John’s (15-13, 4-4) in the Knight Sports Complex and walked away with a 3-0 win.
The Hurricanes cruised throughout much of the contest, eventually rolling 30-20, 30-27, 30-19.
While they had relied on senior outside hitter Marcela Gamarra (Medellin, Colombia/Miami-Dade CC) during Tuesday night’s win over Florida Atlantic, the Hurricanes received a balance effort from their hitters Friday night.
Gamarra, Valeria Tipiana (Lima, Peru), and Biz Tyson (Jacksonville, Fla.) tallied 12 kills apiece for the Hurricanes and each was over .300 in terms of hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Mallorey James (Tucson, Ariz.) generated a match high 39 assists.
“I was very pleased with our performance tonight,” said UM coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. “We executed well and had a very balanced attack.”
The coach cited all-around efforts from Tipiana, Tyson, and Gamarra as being critical in the win.
The Hurricanes also held at bay a superior athlete in Jackie Ahlers, who registered a match high 16 kills.
Sunday at 2 p.m., the Hurricanes will host another strong opponent when the UConn Huskies arrive in Coral Gables.
“We’re looking forward to playing UConn, a team that’s been in the tournament several years running,” the coach said. “We look forward to any game that can put us into a better position in terms of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament.”
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