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@CanesVB Falls to No. 19 FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Miami volleyball team fell to No. 19 Florida State in four sets Wednesday.

The Seminoles issued Miami (13-4, 6-1 ACC) its first conference loss of the season, taking the match 25-23, 24-26, 25-13 and 25-19.

The two in-state rivals battled back and forth in the first set, but the Noles came away victorious. Junior Savanah Leaf and senior Alex Johnson led the Canes attack in the first set, combining for 10 kills. Sisters Nicole and Elise Walch’s nine combined kills led Florida State’s offense.

The Hurricanes battled back to take the second set evened the match at one game apiece heading into the intermission. Junior Alexis Mourning played a key role for the Canes, tallying four kills and three blocks in the second set.

Florida State and Miami battled early in the third set, but the Walch sisters combined for 10 kills in the set to help give FSU a 2-1 advantage.

The Seminoles finished their four-set win by taking the final set 25-19. Freshman Izzy Carmona made a big impact in the fourth set, picking up six kills to push the Noles past the Canes.

Leaf led Miami with 14 kills. The junior also had eight digs and two blocks against Florida State. Johnson tallied 10 kills and 11 digs, giving the Tallahassee native her seventh double-double of the season. 

Sophomore Misty Ma’a registered nine kills and 13 digs, while Mourning finished the night with nine kills and a team-high six blocks. Junior Emani Sims, who had seven kills and five blocks, also got involved at the net for the Canes.

Miami setter Blair Fuentez finished the night with 43 assists, while senior defensive specialist Ryan Shaffer led the Hurricanes with 15 digs.

The Canes are back on the court Friday for their first ACC battle against Notre Dame. Miami will travel to South Bend, Ind., for a 7 p.m. match against the Fighting Irish.

Following this week’s trip to Tallahassee and South Bend, Miami will hit the road for the fourth time in five weeks. The Hurricanes are set to face Wake Forest in a match that will be broadcasted on ESPN3 at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and Duke at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Single-game volleyball tickets are just $5 for adults and $3 for youth (Ages 3-17). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CanesTix.com or call 305-284-2263.

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