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No. 23 Volleyball Falls Short at No. 12 FSU

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 11/23/2012
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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.

Junior Taylor Hollins and sophomore Alexis Mourning each had 11 kills. Senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman recorded 47 assists to go with nine digs and four kills.

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.

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