Hurricanes Fall to Duke in Three Games in Their Final Match of the 2006 Season

Hurricanes Fall to Duke in Three Games in Their Final Match of the 2006 Season

Nov. 24, 2006

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Durham, N.C. – The University of Miami volleyball team went down in their final match of the 2006 season to 25th ranked Duke 3-0 () Friday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the loss, the Hurricanes finish their season 12-19 overall, and 9-13 in the ACC.

Junior Ciara Michel led Miami with 11 kills as well as led all players with six block assists. Ashley Woods followed right behind with 10 kills.

Jill Robinson posted 28 out of Miami’s 32 assists along with eight digs, while senior defensive specialists Ann Gallo registered 17 digs to lead the team.

As a team, Miami posted 34 kills and a .114 hitting percentage. The Hurricanes finished the afternoon with 54 digs and eight total team blocks.

This season’s leaders were Frannie Savage with 415 kills, and Jill Robinson with 1,222 assists. On Defense, Ann Gallo has a total of 338 digs, while Ciara Michel is first on the UM roster in block solos and block assists with 39 and 129 respectively, equaling 168 total blocks on the season.

Today’s match marked the final for four seniors, as outside hitter Frannie Savage played in 118 games and finished with 415 total kills, an average of 3.52 kills per game and posted a .212 hitting percentage. She finished her career with 1,325 total kills. This puts Savage in third place in Miami’s individual career records list.

Jill Robinson’s 1,222 assists puts her at 4,937 total career assists, sitting has Miami’s all-time leader in the assists category and the only player with 4,000 career assists. The senior setter finishes the season with a 10.44 assists per game average, second on the UM roster with 28 service aces, and a total of 288 digs with a 2.46 average having played 117 games on the season.

Defensive specialist Ann Gallo finished her career leading the Hurricanes this season with 338 total digs, and is second in UM history with a 2.84 digs per game average.

Sarah Duncan registered 134 kills on the season and averaged 1.76 kills per game. On defense, the senior outside hitter finishes the season with 72 digs and 11 total blocks.

Overall, Miami closes out this season with 1,665 kills (13.99 per game), a .198 hitting percentage, 1,521 assists (12.78 per game), 168 service aces (1.41 per game), 1,774 digs (14.91 per game), and 330 blocks (2.77 per game).

In game one Duke took an early 19-14 lead before Ashley Woods responded with a kill, sending Miami up one at 15-19. However, later on with Duke up 23-20, the Blue Devils went on a four-point run to stretch their lead by seven at 27-20. After Ciara Michel posted a kill to the score at 23-28, Duke went on to register the next two points of a kill by Tealle Hunkus and a Miami service error, giving them the 30-23 game-win.

Duke began game two going on a three-point hustle off of two kills by Hunkus and a service error by Savage, sending Miami to take their first timeout. After registering a kill at sending Duke up 25-14, Hunkus came up one more time with an attack error sparking a five-point run by the Hurricanes trailing within six points at 19-25. At match-point 29-22, with the Blue Devils in the lead, freshman Genny Mayhew came up with a kill to keep Miami in the game at 23-29, but it was not enough as she registered one last service error in the next set, sending Duke on with a 30-23 win and into the locker-room with a 2-0 game advantage.

Game three saw Duke jump to a 20-7 lead sending Miami to the bench for a timeout. The Blue Devils stretch the lead further after going on a seven-point lead to put the score up 27-8. With the Hurricanes down 12-28, a kill by Jourdan Norman sparked the 29-12 Duke match-point advantage. Miami capitalized on two consecutive Duke errors as Savage registered her last and final kill helping Miami put up three more points at 29-15. After Duke’s Carrie DeMange chimed in the final point with a kill, the Blue Devils ran with game at 30-15 and the match victory.