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Hurricanes Break Records in 3-1 Win Over Cincinnati

Sept. 11, 2004

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Los Angeles, Calf. – The University of Miami women’s volleyball team defeated Cincinnati in four games, 30-28, 28-20, 30-28, 30-20, in their final match of the Furama Hotel Invitational at Gersten Pavilion Saturday evening.

The Hurricanes are now 2-2 on the season after winning one match out of three in the two day tournament.

Redshirt freshman middle blocker Ciara Michel hit a team-high nine (1 BS, 8 BA) of Miami’s 29 blocks. The total matches UM’s individual match record that has been reached on only three other occasions. Fellow middle blocker sophomore Francheska Savage also matched a career high with six kills.

Senior rightside hitter Valeria Tipiana hit a match-high 25 kills, which matched a career high in four game matches. Junior outside hitter Karla Johnson contributed to the offensive attack with 15 kills and two service aces.

Sophomore setter Jill Robinson continued her steady play, matching a career high 53 assists in four game matches, as well as, setting a new career high with six kills.

Senior Jamie Grass made a team-high 12 digs.

Both teams played close contests in the first three games with identical scores of 30-28. Miami took the first game after scoring seven of the last 10 points for the win.

The Bearcats responded in game two to take the 28-24 lead before the Hurricanes answered with four straight points to tie it at 28. Cincinnati pulled off the win, however, after a Miami error.

Two of Johnson’s 15 kills came at the end of game three to reach game point and seal the win. The Hurricanes held UC to a .273 hitting percentage while going 16-for-39 to earn a .308 match high hitting percentage and the victory.

The fourth game remained tight until the Hurricanes broke open the score going on a13-5 run after a 6-6 tie for the 19-15 lead. Miami held UC to a staggering .054 hitting percentage. The Hurricanes closed out the match with a ten point lead for the 30-20 win.

The Hurricanes return to action next weekend (Sept. 17-18) when they travel to New Orleans to take part in the Tulane Tournament where they will face Tulane, SMU and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.