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Women's Volleyball Sweep NC State in Three Games

Women's Volleyball Sweep NC State in Three Games

Nov. 18, 2006

Box Score

Raleigh, N.C. – The University of Miami women’s volleyball team defeated ACC foe NC State, 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 30-26) Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. The Hurricanes advance 11-18 overall and improved to 8-12 in ACC play, while the Wolfpack fall 2-27 overall and 0-20 in the league.

Outside hitter Frannie Savage posted her fourth double-double on the season after registering 10 kills and 14 digs. This is the senior’s second consecutive double-double for the weekend.

Junior Ciara Michel registered 12 kills to lead the Hurricanes, and seven total blocks, while senior setter Jill Robinson posted 34 out of Miami’s 39 assists, along with five kills.

Senior defensive specialist Ann Gallo led all players with 17 digs and contributed two service aces.

Overall, both squads posted 43 total kills, while Miami registered a .263 hitting percentage, over N.C. States .117. The Hurricanes posted 39 assists, 48 digs and 18 total blocks.

Eight tied scores were posted before a kill off of Angelica Ellis put Miami in the lead at 16-15, and the Hurricanes cruised along to a 30-23 win in game one. A service ace from Robinson put UM up 26-19 that sent the Wolfpack to the bench to take a timeout. Match point 29-22 with Miami ahead, was a result of an attack error off of N.C State’s Kelly Blakewood. However, a service error off of Miami’s Michelle Bruin kept the Wolfpack in the game putting the score at 29-23. The final set came off of a kill by the Hurricanes’ libero, Cassie Loessberg as Miami headed to the bench with a 1-0 game lead.

In game two, the Hurricanes took an early 20-12 lead after a kill by Frannie Savage. From there the Miami posted a service error, as the Wolfpack registered two service errors and a kill, sending them on a four-point run and sending Miami to the bench with their first timeout with the score at 20-16. The Hurricanes maintained the lead as N.C. State rallied to put the score within two at 20-22 from a kill by Janay Yancey. At 25-20, the Wolfpack’s next two points came off of two Miami errors putting the score within three at 25-22. But a kill by Loessberg sparked a five-point run as Miami forced the Wolfpack to drop three attack errors, and a service ace by Loessberg gave the Hurricanes a 30-22 win.

After an attack error off the Wolfpack’s Kelly Blakewood put Miami in the lead 15-10, N.C. State headed to the sideline for their first timeout. But a three-point run by the Wolfpack, sent the Hurricanes to take a timeout of their own with the score 15-13. After Ciara Michel posted a kill putting the Hurricanes up 20-17, Miami went on to put up four additional points with kills from Savage and another by Michel, along with two attack errors by the Wolfpack with the score 24-17. N.C. State managed to put the score within two at 24-26 sending Miami to take their final timeout. Miami captured the 29-25 match-point advantage from a kill off of Angelica Ellis, followed by a service error to keep the Wolfpack in the game at 29-26. But it was Michel who put up the final kill to send Miami packing with the 30-26 game-win and the match-victory.

The Hurricanes will play their final two matches of the regular season this week as they face Wake Forest Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m., and Duke Friday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.