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`Canes Volleyball Takes Down Georgia Southern, 3-1

Sept. 4, 2010

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Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Lane Carico had 15 kills and Alexandria Johnson had 14 kills to help the University of Miami defeat Georgia Southern, 3-1 (25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21), in volleyball action at the Blue Raider Bash in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The match was part of the Blue Raider Bash host by Middle Tennessee State University.

UM (6-1) improved to 3-0 in the Blue Raider Bash, and will finish the weekend on Sunday against host Middle Tennessee State. As a team, Miami finished the night hitting at a .319 clip (66k-14e-163ta).

Lane Carico had six kills, while freshman Alexandria Johnson provided five kills, to help the Hurricanes in the first set. Assisted blocks from Carico and senior middle blocker Ariell Cooke kick-started a 7-0 `Canes run that put UM out in front, 20-13. Miami finished the set, 25-17, which included a kill from junior middle blocker Ali Becker and two errors charged to Georgia Southern (2-4).

Cooke finished the set with three of her match-high tying four assisted blocks on the night.

In the second set, Miami ran out to an 11-6 advantage with blocks from Becker and redshirt setter Katie Gallagher, as well as a Becker kill. The Eagles cut into the lead, 13-12, as teammates Lauren Claybaugh and Enjoli Johnson combined for a block at the net, including Bethany Sanford claiming back-to-back kills during the run.

UM finished the second set on a 4-1 run with junior outside hitter Christine Williamson recording a kill, and Becker tallying two kills during the run for the Hurricanes.

Georgia Southern used seven kills from Bethany Sanford and 15 assists from setter Kate Van Dyke to claim the 25-22 victory in the third frame. UM led, 12-10, following consecutive errors by the Eagles, before GSU tied things up with kills from Parker Small and Sanford. Claybaugh’s kill ended the set off the assist from Van Dyke.

There were 12 ties during the fourth set, while senior middle blocker Lici McGee tallied a team-high five kills to help the `Canes during a critical part of the set.

UM trailed, 19-17, after a UM attack error, but Carico provided a kill to begin a 3-0 `Canes run, giving Miami a 20-19 edge in the set. The set stood tied, 20-20, following a Small kill, before Miami’s Carico and McGee combined for kills in order to give UM a 22-20 edge.

A Williamson kill down the middle gave UM the win in the set and match victory at 25-21.

Miami will not enter its final match of the Blue Raider Bash with a 3-0 record, seeking the tournament championship against host MTSU tomorrow at 1 p.m. (CST). MTSU is led by Izabela Kozon with 40 kills (3.64 per set), while she also owns 19 digs and four blocks. Assisting her offensively is Alyssa Peyton (22 kills), with Lindsay Cheatham and Maria Szivos each owning 19 kills apiece. Defensively, the Blue Raiders are Brynne Henderson with 34 digs (3.09 per set), while teammate Morgan Peterson owns 24 digs (2.18 per set).

Georgia Southern was led on the night by 22 kills and 18 digs from Bethany Sanford, followed by 11 kills from Parker Small. Van Dyke set the offense with 44 assists, and libero Ashley Roe had 22 digs to lead the Eagles defensively.

Miami was paced by Carico’s second double-double of the day with a team-high 15 kills and 16 digs. It was her fifth double-double performance of the year in the `Canes first seven matches.

Also playing well for UM was Alexandria Johnson, finishing the night with 14 kills and 11 digs, giving the Tallahassee, Fla., native her first double-double as a collegiate player. Johnson also registered three assisted blocks. Becker stepped up with 10 kills and a match-high tying four blocks (assisted) in the starting job for the Miami.

Setter Katie Gallagher had 44 assists, and Johnson provided five assists. Freshman Ryan Shaffer, a native of San Jose, Calif., collected a team second-best 15 digs and three assists. Cooke claimed four assisted blocks in a match-high tying performance, also adding four kills.

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