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Hurricanes Lose to Duke in Three Games

Oct. 20, 2006

Final Stats

Coral Gables, Fla. – The University of Miami volleyball team fell to ACC rival Duke 0-3 (22-30, 20-30, 28-30) Friday evening in the Knight Sports Complex. The Hurricanes are now 7-13 overall and 4-7 in ACC play, while Duke improves to 17-2 and 10-0 in the ACC.

Senior Frannie Savage posted a match-high of 19 kills, and contributed 6 digs total. The outside hitter scorched a .412 hitting percentage.

Senior setter Jill Robinson recorded 35 assists and was two digs away from recording her tenth double-double with eight total digs. Freshman libero Cassie Loessberg also came up with eight digs to lead the Hurricanes in defense.

As a team, the Hurricanes led the match with 45 kills and 41 assists, and out-dug the Blue Devils by putting up 41 digs, over Duke’s 32. However, Duke served up eight service aces over Miami’s two, and dished out four more team blocks than the Hurricanes, with a total of nine.

Game one proved to sustain a competitive edge as both teams battled back and forth posting seven tied scores that only in the beginning. At 9-all the Blue Devils went on the register the next four points after a Miami service error and three back-to-back kills by the Blue Devils to take their first lead. UM trailed Duke by no less than three points until an attack error by Ciara Michel force the Blue Devils to take a 24-20 lead. Two more points were tallied from the Hurricanes controlled by Frannie Savage with two kills, before Miami took a timeout. But UM could not compete as Duke pulled away to take the game 30-22.

Game two saw Duke jumped to a 6-1 lead as the Blue Devils capitalized on four consecutive Miami errors to take the lead and eventually the game, 30-20.

Duke jumped out on the board first in the final game, however, before Miami took and early 8-4 lead. However, the Blue Devils did not allow the Hurricanes to stretch their lead by more than four all the way through mid-point of the game. As Miami led 23-21, Duke rallied back with a six-point run eventually taking the lead at 27-23. But by the next play, Jill Robinson controlled the offense and jammed in a kill, set up by Michelle Bruin, to stay in the game at 24-27. Both teams battled up to match-point 29-28, with Duke on top. One last kill by Duke’s Carrie DeMange finished the match with a 30-28 game win and the victory.

Miami will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, as they take on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. The match is set to begin at 12 noon.Tickets will be on sale at the match in front of the Knight Sports Complex. Adults are $5, while children and senior citizens are $3.

Fans can listen on as the match is broadcasted live over the radio on WVUM. Or, fans can follow each play-by-play on through gametracker, buy logging onto the www.hurricanesports.com.