The University of Miami volleyball team knocked off cross-town rival Florida International, 3-0 on Tuesday night at the Knight Sports Complex.
The Hurricanes (10-4) re-gained the inner-city bragging rights by overpowering FIU (8-4), out hitting the Panthers .259 to .071, the second lowest hitting percentage by a Hurricane opponent this season, to sweep the match in three games.
“I thought it was a great overall team effort,” Head Coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. “Jamie Grass had an excellent match, both passing and on the defensive side. Jill Robinson set the best match we’ve seen so far this season. We clicked as a team. We were hungry for the win and got after it from start to finish.”
The Hurricanes rolled through the first game, taking FIU, 30-24 on a game-winning kill by junior Valeria Tipiana on an assist by Robinson.
The Panthers refocused to give Miami a run the second game, jumping out to an early lead. The Hurricanes tied the game up at 10-10 on a kill shot by sophomore Robin Lewullis. From that point on the two teams would swap the lead seven times before Miami would edge out the Panthers, 30-24 on kill by Lewullis to take a two-game lead into the third frame.
The Hurricanes used the momentum to take a 13-5 lead on FIU in the third game before going on a 6-2 run to lead the Panthers 19-7. Miami would not look back, leading by as much as 14 at 29-15. Miami would seal the game, 30-16 and the match on junior Elizabeth Tyson ninth kill of the match.
Senior Leyre Santaella Sante teamed with Tipiana for 10 kills each. Jill Robinson had match-high 37 assists for the Hurricanes and Grass collected 13 digs in the win. Lewullis paced Miami with a .400 hitting percentage with eight kills on 15 attempts.
FIU’s Jennifer Owens led all players with 11 kills.
The Hurricanes will open Big East play this weekend, traveling to New Jersey to take on Seton Hall on Sept. 27 and Rutgers on Sept. 28.
University of Miami junior Tina Miller is ranked fourth in the nation, and Hurricane Women’s Golf Team ranks No. 7 in the nation in the season opening Collegiate Golf poll released Sunday evening by Golfweek.com.
Miller, the defending Big East Champion, opened the 2003-04 season with a victory at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, SC earlier this week. Miller was the only woman in red numbers posting a two-under-par 214 to record her third career victory.
As a team the Hurricanes finished third posting a three-round total of 897 to finish behind fourth-ranked Notre Dame and sixth-ranked Furman.
Also ranked among the top-100 golfers in the nation is UM freshman Tiffany Prats. Prats finished tied for 21st at the Cougar Classic, her first collegiate tournament, with a score of 228.
Miami returns to action October 3-5 at the Lady Kat Invitational in Lexington, KY.