October 30, 2009
Hokies suffer first loss in Cassell Coliseum this year
Tech falls to Miami, 3-0
Miami (14-8) 2525253
Virginia Tech (16-7) 1720180
  • Cassell Coliseum - 796

BLACKSBURG, Va. – For the first time this season, the Virginia Tech volleyball squad lost at home, falling to Miami, 3-0 (17-25, 20-25, 18-25), in Cassell Coliseum on Friday night.

The Hurricanes (14-8, 7-5 ACC) played well on offense all evening, hitting at a blistering .379 clip. The Hokies (16-7, 6-6 ACC) hit .200 in the contest. Miami also racked up eight blocks in the match, to Tech’s four.

All three sets followed the same theme in the match, with the Hurricanes extending out to a 7-4 cushion and carrying the lead to victory. The opening frame set the tone, as Miami pressed out to a 7-4 advantage early. The Hokies cut the gap to two at 9-7, but Miami embarked on an 8-3 run to gain control of the period, and eventually won the first stanza, 25-17.

Again in set two, Miami jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The Hurricanes pushed the advantage to six at 16-10, before Tech began to rally. The Hokies slimmed the margin to three, five times in the rest of the period, but could not get closer as Miami maintained the breathing room. Back-to-back kills from the Hurricanes’ Lane Carico and Lici McGee closed out the Hokies in the set, 25-20.

For the third consecutive set, the Hurricanes opened up a 7-4 edge early and rode the cushion to victory. At 10-7, Miami went on a 6-1 spurt, but the Hokies responded to close within four at 19-15. The Hurricanes then put together a 4-1 run to regain momentum, and eventually captured the set, 25-18, and the match, 3-0, on a McGee kill.

Sophomore Justine Record continued her strong ACC play, totaling 14 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Junior Felicia Willoughby added seven kills on a .357 clip. Sophomore Erin Leaser dished out 32 assists in the affair. The 3-0 decision marked the first time in 26 matches the Hokies have been shut out, and the first time they have lost at Cassell Coliseum this season. Tech only held the lead four times in the entire match.

The Hokies return to action tomorrow against No. 17 Florida State in Cassell Coliseum. Action kicks off at 6 p.m., and results will be available on hokiesports.com.

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