TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sophomore Savanah Leaf collected a match-high 18 kills, but No. 23 Miami volleyball fell at No. 12 Florida State Friday, 3-1, in the Atlantic Coast Conference title match at Tully Gym. The Hurricanes and Seminoles split the season series for the third-straight year.
UM wraps up the regular season 25-5 overall and 17-3 for a second-place finish in the ACC. The 17 conference wins set a new program record. FSU improved to 27-3 and 18-2 to complete the regular season undefeated at home, winning the ACC for the fourth time.
Leaf, who transferred to Miami after a season at San Jose State, had a season-high 18 kills to go with 11 digs for her third double-double of the season. Classmate Emani Sims hit .348 in the match on 12 kills, adding nine blocks for the Canes.
Defensively, four players had double-digit digs for UM, with Hollins and juniors Alex Johnson and Ryan Shaffer all having 12 in the match. Hollins now has a team-high 17 double-doubles on the year.
After Florida State took the opening set, Miami responded in the second by going up 16-9. The Seminoles fought to within two several times, including at 24-22, but Sims put down a kill in the middle of the court to tie the match at one. It was the first time since Sept. 30 that a visiting team won a set at Tully Gym.
FSU reversed the momentum in the third set to win convincingly, 25-14, going up 2-1 in the match. Once again, the Canes battled back in the following set to take a 10-6 advantage on a kill by Hollins. The teams then went back-and-forth with the Seminoles eventually evening it out at 20. Following an exchange of points to make it 21-21, UM took the next three to make it 24-21. However, the Seminoles rallied to tie it at 24 and avoided two more set points to win, 29-27.
The Hurricanes will now wait to find out their seeding in the NCAA Tournament, which starts next weekend at campus sites. ESPNU will televise the selection show Sunday at 4 p.m.For all the latest information on Miami Hurricanes volleyball, follow the official Twitter feed, @CanesVB, or "Like Us" on Facebook at facebook.com/MiamiHurricanes.