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Hurricanes Fall to Maryland in Five Games

Oct. 9, 2004

Box Score

College Park, Md. – Four different Miami players set career marks but the University of Miami women’s volleyball team took the loss as Maryland defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2 (30-23, 28-20, 28-30, 30-19, 11-15), in ACC action Saturday evening at the Comcast Center Pavilion. The Hurricanes fall to 7-6 on the season and an even 3-3 in the ACC.

Junior outside hitter Karla Johnson set a new career-high with a match-high 23 kill performance. Senior Ashley Youngs and sophomore Ann Gallo also set career marks. Youngs set a new career-high in kills with 13, while Gallo turned in a 19 dig performance for a new career record. Redshirt sophomore Francheska Savage also set a career mark with seven block assists to go along with her 13 kills and one solo block in the match.

Sophomore setter Jill Robinson’s 67 assists matched a career mark set last night against Virginia. Robinson also tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 14 digs. Senior rightside hitter Valeria Tipiana turned in a double-double with 21 kills and 20 digs while adding three service aces. Senior Jamie Grass registered a team-high 24 digs.

The Hurricanes led in every statistical category including kills (80), hitting percentage (.223), assists (74), and blocks (13.0). Maryland, however, held Miami to three games with a hitting percentage under .200.

Both teams exchanged leads in game one before a Johnson kill stretched out a 19-14 lead. The Terps battled to within three points to bring the score to 20-18 but the Hurricanes would not surrender the lead and took the 30-23 win.

The Terrapins pulled off a 30-28 win in game two despite being out-hit by the Hurricanes, .220-.159.

Miami took an early lead in game three as they capitalized on a five-point run to bring the score to 14-9. The Terrapins were able to tie the score, however, after a block and eventually took a 30-28 victory.

Miami held the Terps to a .190 hitting percentage in game four to tie the match with a dominating 30-19 win. Tipiana connected on six of her 21 kills in the match.

In game five Maryland never trailed again after taking a 10-9 lead and eventually won 15-11 to take the match.

The Hurricanes return home for non-conference action when they take on in-state rival Florida Atlantic on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Knight Sports Complex.