October 25, 2008
Four Hokies record double-digit kills in win against Miami
Tech hits at a .260 clip in the 3-1 victory
Miami (19-4) 182517201
Virginia Tech (17-5) 251925253
  • Cassell Coliseum - 564

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Four Hokies recorded double-digit kills and the Virginia Tech volleyball squad hit at a .260 clip, to defeat Miami 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

The Hokies (17-5, 8-3 ACC) wasted no time seizing control of the match, pulling out to a 10-7 lead in the opening set. The Hurricanes (19-4, 7-4) evened the score at 10, but Tech took off on a 5-1 run to keep momentum. The Hokies never looked back in the frame, eventually winning the set 25-18.

Miami regrouped in set two, and after staying even early, pulled ahead to an 11-8 lead. A timeout by Tech could not stop the Hurricanes’ surge, as they pushed the lead to 18-11. The Hokies rallied to close within four at 22-18, but Miami carried the advantage to a 25-19 victory in set two.

The two squads matched each other for much of set three. After Tech gained an 11-7 lead, the Hurricanes went on a 9-3 run to grab a 16-14 advantage. After a kill by junior Taylor Parrish cut the Hurricanes lead to one, freshman Erin Leaser served the Hokies to six consecutive points, and a 21-16 advantage. Miami would only win one more point in the set, as the Hokies took the third stanza 25-17.

Tech started slowly in set four, allowing the Hurricanes to jump out to a 16-9 lead. The Hokies stayed calm though, and chipped away at the margin. Tech won four straight points to close within three, and down 15-19, the Hokies would win 10 out of the final 11 points, including seven straight on Leaser’s service, to take the fourth frame 25-20, and the match 3-1.

“Every win is big, and for us having dropped a couple lately, we needed to step up and play a little better at home, and get our groove back as far as what we were doing,” Tech head coach Chris Riley said. “I think we played better as a team unit tonight. We are not looking at first place or last place, it is every match, it is one match at a time and that is all we are looking at. No more scoreboard watching for us the rest of the year.”

Sophomore Felicia Willoughby killed 17 attacks on a .593 hitting percentage, while Parrish added 13, freshman Justine Record tallied 11 and senior Kristen Cunningham earned 10 for the Hokies. Leaser dished out 48 assists in the affair. Junior Jill Gergen played well defensively with 16 digs, and Record and Leaser registered 13 and 12 digs respectively, to complete double-double efforts for the two newcomers.

The Hurricanes out-blocked Tech 10-9, but the Hokies held Miami to a .149 hitting percentage on the night. The victory keeps Tech in first place in the ACC standings.

The Hokies will next travel south for a two-match road swing against Georgia Tech and Clemson on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 respectively. Results will be posted on hokiesports.com following the matches.

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