Tech drops five-game match to Miami
Horowitz lands a career-high 15 kills
September 20, 2007

Box Score UM 3, VT 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team dropped its second consecutive conference match, 3-2, to the University of Miami on Thursday evening by scores of 22-30, 30-25, 25-30, 30-23, 10-15. The loss marks the first for the Hokies at home this season.

Sophomore Betsy Horowitz led the attack with a career-high 15 kills, while sophomore Taylor Parrish chipped in 14 and junior Kristen Cunningham landed a career-high 12.

Senior Amanda Cloyd led the defense with a game-high 27 digs and sophomore Jill Gergen collected 13. Parrish also reached double-digits in digs with 11, for her 18th career double-double.

Freshman Felicia Willoughby led the charge at the net with seven blocks and Cunningham had six.

Sophomore Michelle Lang dished out 51 assists and stopped five Hurricane attacks.

For Miami, Genny Mayhew landed a game-high 26 kills and Ashley Woods knocked down 10. Cassie Loessberg dug 24 balls, while Bridget Bomhack and Katie Gallagher collected 16 and 11, respectively. Gallagher also dished out 50 assists.

For the match, Miami jumped out to a 9-5 lead early in game one, forcing a Tech timeout. The Hurricanes then extended their lead to 19-10 and used two late five-point runs allowing them to cruise to a 30-22 win.

Game two was much closer as there were 15 tie scores and seven lead changes. Willoughby knocked down a kill to break open an even 19-19 game, before a Hurricane attack error forced Miami to call a timeout.

Katie Gallagher landed a kill for the Hurricanes out of the timeout, but a five point run of the Hokies would give Tech its biggest lead of the contest at 26-21, leading them to a 30-25 game win, knotting the match at one all.

The Hurricanes used a 9-1 run midway through game three to pull ahead 15-9. The Hokies attempted to string together a couple three-point runs to get back into the game, but Miami went on to win 30-25.

In game four, the Hokies strung together five-straight points to pull ahead 29-21. Cunningham then landed a kill for Tech, putting the Hokies on top 30-23, forcing a tie-breaking game in the match.

Miami came out on fire in the deciding game, jumping to a quick 5-0 lead and then extending the margin to seven at 8-1. The Hokies refused to back down though, answering the run with six straight of their own, cutting their deficit to two, at 7-9. The Hurricanes rattled off three more points before the Hokies could put any more on the board, putting Miami up 11-9.

A block from Willoughby and junior Sarah Mu´┐Żoz looked to give the Hokies hope, but a 4-1 run of the Hurricanes put Miami on top 15-10 for a 3-2 match win.

The Hokies will return to action tomorrow as they play host to Florida State. Match time is slated for 7 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum.