Women's Volleyball Sweep NC State in Three Games
Nov. 18, 2006
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.
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.