Hokies fall in five to Hurricanes
Willoughby records five solo blocks, nine total
October 27, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes dominated the fifth game hitting .562 as a team, while the defense held the Virginia Tech volleyball team to a .091 clip, en route to 15-7 victory over the Hokies Saturday evening. The Hurricanes completed the season sweep of Tech with a 3-2 (19-30, 30-25, 31-29, 28-30, 15-7) win in the Knights Sports Complex. Freshman Felicia Willoughby led the charge at the net, collecting nine total blocks, including a career-high five solo blocks to tie Krissy Tschirret's output of five against Tulane in 1989 for the third most of a Tech player in a single match. Cari Kammerer holds the record at 7 against Appalachian State in 1990. Willoughby also pushed her season block total to 130, placing her seventh on Tech's single-season blocks record. She also sits third on the single-season block assists list with 111, needing six more to break the record. She currently holds the program's freshman record for total blocks and block assists in a rookie season. Sophomore Michelle Lang had a career night for the Hokies as well, blocking a personal-best nine attacks and collecting a match-high 62 assists. Offensively, sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Hokies to a season-best 73 kills, tallying a season-high 20. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz knocked down a career-high 18, while Willoughby and junior Sarah Muñoz landed 13 and 12, respectively. Senior Amanda Cloyd led the defense with a match-high 29 digs and sophomore Jill Gergen chipped in 11. For the Hurricanes, Genny Mayhew had 22 kills and Maria Andersson had a double-double of 16 kills and 16 digs. Bridget Bomhack led the defense with 25 digs and Katie Gallagher handed out 57 assists. The Hokies strung together nine straight points to break open a close first game, evening the score at 16 all, before taking a 23-16 advantage. Miami halted the run with a timeout and then a kill, but Tech rallied for a 7-2 run to close out the frame with a 30-19 win. Tech, despite being down 6-12 early in game two, rallied for a 7-1 run to knot the score at 17 all. The game remained neck-in-neck until Miami pulled ahead three at 26-23, and scored four of the final five points in the game to even the match score with a 30-25 victory. Game three was another neck-in-neck battle, as the score was tied as late as 28-28. Miami earned the first game-point opportunity, with a kill, forcing a Tech timeout. Parrish landed a kill out of the break to even the score at 29 all, but a Miami kill and block provided the Hurricanes with the two points they needed for a 31-29 win, for their first lead in the match at 2-1. In a second consecutive game that featured a 28-28 tie score, it was the Hokies that came out on top this time. Horowitz landed a kill for Tech, giving the Hokies a game-point opportunity, before a block from Willoughby and Lang put the game out of reach of the Hurricanes at 30-28, forcing a deciding game. Miami dominated game five, hitting .562 while holding the Hokies' offense to a .091 clip, en route to a 15-7 victory. Tech (12-12, 6-8 ACC) will return home to play host to Georgia Tech Friday in Cassell Coliseum. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.