Miami Volleyball Drops 3-2 Decision to Georgia Tech

Oct. 8, 2010

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Coral Gables, Fla. – Georgia Tech’s Monique Mead stamped 22 kills and Bailey Hunter collected 16 to lead the visiting Yellow Jackets to a 3-2 victory (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 15-8) over the University of Miami in ACC volleyball action Friday night at the James L. Knight Sports Complex.

With Miami (12-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailing in the match, 2-1, and behind 23-21 in the fourth set, the Hurricanes looked towards junior middle blocker Ali Becker (Katy, Texas) and junior outside hitter Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) to knot the set at 23-all.

Georgia Tech (10-7, 3-3 ACC) used an attack from Monique Mead, but Miami’s Ariell Cooke (Oakland, Calif.) and Christine Williamson (Tampa, Fla.) were at the net for blocks to give UM a 24-23 edge. Cooke supplied the final kill to give Miami the win.

However, the fifth set was all Yellow Jackets, using the strength of Mead with a set-high six kills, giving her team a 15-8 win in the set, earning the match victory in the process.

In the loss, Miami had its four-match winning streak against the Yellow Jackets snapped. However, UM’s streak of five-set matches against Georgia Tech remains intact. Including tonight, the two teams have been to a fifth set decision the last four times they have met.

The Rambling Wreck was led by Mead’s 22-kill performance, also grabbing 10 digs for a double-double effort. Hunter added five digs and a block assist to her 16 kills. Jennifer Percy (15) and Alexis Woodson (10) also finished in double-digits for kills.

The Hurricanes were led by Williamson with 18 kills, while classmate Carico added 15 kills and 18 digs, giving her 12 double-doubles on the year. Becker collected 12 kills and three assisted blocks, followed by Cooke with 11 kills and three blocks (one solo).

UM redshirt junior setter Katie Gallagher (Winter Park, Fla.) setup the offense with 52 assists – just short of her season-high of 55 against Southern Miss (Sept. 4). Assisting defensively was freshman libero Ryan Shaffer (San Jose, Calif.) with 16 digs.

Miami returns to the court on Sun., Oct. 10, taking on Clemson inside the James L. Knight Sports Complex at 1 p.m. Fans attending the contest along with their football ticket stub from Saturday night’s Miami vs. Florida State game will be admitted for $1.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the University of Miami is also continuing its drive to support breast cancer awareness through the “Side-Out Foundation” before the `Canes take part in their “Dig Pink” match against Wake Forest on Sun., Oct. 24. Prior to and during the match, the Hurricanes will wear pink warm-up T-shirts, as well as pink ribbons and other apparel during their match against the Demon Deacons.

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