Volleyball Drops Second Straight, 3-1, at Virginia Tech
Oct. 25, 2008
Blacksburg, Va. – For the first time all season, the Miami volleyball team dropped consecutive matches on Saturday evening as they fell, 3-1, to Virginia Tech (18-25, 25-19, 17-25, 20-25) in ACC action at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia.
One day after falling to Virginia, the Hurricanes still had a chance to stay atop the ACC standings at the halfway mark of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. But, for the second straight night, the Hurricanes were unable to slow down an opponent’s hitting power, and their own mistakes.
Miami (19-4, 7-4 ACC) was held to just .149 hitting (42-21-141) in the match while having just one Hurricane player touch double-digit kills. The 21 attack errors was the third-straight match the `Canes have registered more than 20 errors in a match.
Virginia Tech (17-5, 8-3 ACC) hit .260 (60-21-150) on the night while posting the highest hitting percentage against the `Canes since Clemson (.281) back on Oct. 3 – also a loss for UM.
Despite a season second-best nine-block performance from redshirt sophomore Lici McGee, the `Canes were not able to slow down four Hokies who placed double-digit kills for the home team.
UM won their only set of the night (second set) hitting a whopping .458 (12-1-24) behind five kills from junior outside hitter Genny Mayhew and two kills and a block from redshirt senior Ashley Woods.
The Hokies were sparked in the match by Felicia Willoughby with 17 kills and four blocks. Taylor Parrish added 13 kills and seven digs, while Justine Record posted 11 kills and 13 digs to complete a double-double. Kristen Cunningham had 10 kills.
Also recording a double-double for the Hokies was setter Erin Leaser with 48 assists and 12 digs.
UM was led by junior Genny Mayhew’s 15 kills and two digs. The double-double effort of setter Katie Gallagher (38 assists, 12 kills) helped in the tough loss for the Orange and Green.
Cassie Loessberg had a match-high 23 digs for UM.
Miami returns to the court on Friday, Oct. 31 when they host Duke for a “Haunted Halloween” at the James L. Knight Sports Complex. All children are encouraged to wear costumes, and will be admitted free of charge for all costumes worn. Sebastian the Ibis will be giving away candy at the match. The match begins at 7 p.m.