Sept. 20, 2002
The University of Miami continued their perfect season on Friday as they defeated Florida Atlantic University in three games, 30-21, 30-26, 30-27. Abby Miner continues to be FAU's offensive threat as she posted a match-high 20 kills. Miner has posted ten or more kills in 11 of the teams 15 matches.
The Owls (5-10) were able to keep up with the Hurricanes (11-0) throughout the first third of game one and two as they tied it at 11 in both games. But the left-handed Valeria Tipiana collected eight kills in the two matches as the FAU block could not stop the attack from the right side. FAU used a 6-1 run in game two to bring the score to 22-24. Abby Miner collected two of her kills during that period. The Owls could not hold on as they defense could not pick up the quick Miami offense.
After falling behind in game three the Owls pulled off the closest game of the match. Florida Atlantic was down by seven at 22-15 before Giovana Milaneze stepped to the service line. Behind the aggressive serve of Milaneze the Owls went on a five-point run, which included two aces by the junior from Lake Worth, FL to bring FAU to within two. Milaneze was one of three FAU players to finish the match with two aces.
After Miami scored two straight points to increase the lead to four, Florida Atlantic would battle back to take the lead for only the third time in the match at 27-26 after Jessica Kahn kindly disposed of an overpass in front of the ten-foot line. Miami scored the next three points to take the match as the Owls made two attacking errors before Elizabeth Tyson finished it off with a kill from the left side.
Florida Atlantic led Miami in only one category, service aces. The Owls posted 11 as a team, the second highest total this season.
UM was led by Marcela Gamarra with 12 kills and 13 digs.
Florida Atlantic has one week off before beginning conference play at home on Friday. The squad will host Samford University on Friday at 7 pm before taking on Jacksonville State University on Saturday at 7 pm.