Hurricanes Top Rival Florida State in Four Games
Oct. 11, 2005
<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Francheska Savage registered a .559 attacking percentage and Karla Johnson knocked down a match-high 24 kills to lead the University of Miami volleyball team over in-state rival Florida State, 3-1 (34-36, 30-21, 30-26, 31-29), Tuesday evening at the Seminoles’ Tully Gym.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
With the win the Hurricanes improve to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference action while the Seminoles fall to 4-11 overall and 2-5 in ACC play.
Savage, a redshirt-junior, posted a career-high 22 kills to go along with four block assists. In the mean time, Johnson dished out a career-high five assists as well as 15 digs.
Sophomore Ashley Woods also recorded a career-high 13 kills to help lead the `Canes over the Seminoles.
The match opened up with Miami taking an early 9-3 game one lead. Hurricanes continued to pile on the points with a 7-5 run that put them up 16-7. The Seminoles responded with a run of their own, however, pulling to within two points before the Hurricanes regained their composure, thanks to consecutive kills by Savage, and remained on top with a 21-18 lead. FSU once again threatened, pulling to within two points before finally tying the score at 25-all. Although the Seminoles knotted up the score on four more occasions, the Hurricanes kept them at bay until FSU took advantage of a UM attacking error to take a 30-29 lead. A point-for-point battle ensued with each team taking turns at game point but the elongated game finally came to an end after a Seminoles kill gave them the 36-34 win.
Game two started with the Seminoles getting on the board first and taking a 4-3 lead before the Hurricanes took advantage of back-to-back FSU attacking errors to put them up 6-4. Miami extended its lead with an 11-6 run that brought the score to 17-10 but the Seminoles reeled off four consecutive points to pull to within five. Miami answered with a 6-1 run that helped maintain a 24-17 advantage. The Seminoles could only get to within seven points before the Hurricanes took a 30-21 game two victory.
The Hurricanes took a 4-3 lead to open game three but the Seminoles notched two points to put them up 6-4. A Miami block sandwiched by two Robinson kills gave the Hurricanes a 7-6 lead that they extended until leading by a score of 15-9. The Seminoles pulled to within two on numerous occasions but their comeback fell short as a kill by Ashley Woods would give Miami a 30-26 victory.
Game four opened up with both teams exchanging leads until the Seminoles went up 13-11. FSU continued to build its lead until three straight Miami points tied the score at 15-all. The Seminoles could not stave off the Hurricanes as they tied the score three more times until back-to-back kills by Savage and Robinson gave Miami a 20-18 lead. The Seminoles regained a 22-21 lead after consecutive points but it was short lived as the Hurricanes returned from a timeout to go up 24-22. The Seminoles regained the lead at 29-28 but the Hurricanes fought back, eventually taking the game 31-29 and the match.
As a team, the Hurricanes hit .238 while holding the Seminoles to a .181 hitting percentage. Miami likewise topped FSU in kills (76), assists (72) and digs (66).
The Hurricanes return to Coral Gables for a two-match homestand against Virginia and Virginia Tech. Miami will face the Cavaliers Friday at 7:00 p.m before squaring off against the Hokies at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.