Junior setter Jill Robinson registered a career-high 69 assists but could not lift the Hurricanes as the University of Miami volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (26-30, 30-26, 30-32, 30-28, 16-18) decision to host Clemson in Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday evening.
With the loss, the Hurricanes fall to 12-11, 7-8 ACC. Clemson improves to 10-13, 5-10 ACC. .
Senior Karla Johnson knocked down a team-high 26 kills while red-shirt junior Francheska Savage contributed 21 kills of her own.
The match opened up with a point-for-point battle until, with the score tied at 13-all, the Tigers notched four-straight points to take a 17-13 lead. The Hurricanes remained close, but they could not prevent the Tigers from winning 30-26.
The Hurricanes claimed a 30-26 victory in game two to tie the match at one-all.
In game three, a six-point run gave the Hurricanes a 12-9 lead. With Clemson tied the score three times until two consecutive points gave the Tigers a 32-30 victory and a 2-1 match lead.
With the score tied at 28-all in game four, a kill by freshman Lauren Rinderknecht gave the Hurricanes the 30-28 win to force a fifth and deciding game.
The score was knotted up in game five until Clemson tallied the next two points for an 18-16 win and the match victory.
The Hurricanes return with their final road swing of the season next weekend. Miami will take on Virginia Tech November 11 before facing Virginia the following day.
Swimming and Diving
The University of Miami swimming and diving team fell to Atlantic Coast Conference foes Maryland, 139-96 and Duke, 125-117, in a double-dual meet held at Maryland’s Campus Recreation Center Saturday afternoon.
The Hurricanes (0-3, 0-2 ACC) went 1-2-3 in both the one and three meter diving events. Senior Melanie Rinaldi won both events with scores of 299.40 and 305.70, respectively. Junior Heather Bounds finished second in the three-meter with a score of 300.00 and also came in second on the one-meter with a score of 276.20.
Freshman Tess Waresmith made her collegiate debut by finishing third on both boards. She turned in scores of 263.20 on the one-meter and 252.70 on the three-meter.
Junior Ashley Knapp was the only other Hurricane to claim a first place finish, claiming the top spot in the 200-breaststroke. Knapp touched the wall in a time of 2:04.47.
Miami finished the meet with a second place finish in the 400-freestyle relay.
The Hurricanes return to action at the Georgia Tech Invitational that takes place November 18 through November 20 in Atlanta, Ga.