Volleyball falls to Miami, 3-1, in second day of Orange and Green Challenge

Aug. 25, 2007

Box Score

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Freshman Hannah Munneke notched her second double-double with 39 assists and 11 digs while freshman outside hitter Abby Gruenbacher finished with 12 kills as the JU volleyball team fell to host Miami, 3-1 (14-30, 24-30, 30-24, 23-30), Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Orange and Green Challenge at the Knights Sports Complex.

"This is another step towards getting our team chemistry on the floor," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We did some good things for the second straight day but we also made the same young mistakes. It's going to happen when you have so many freshmen on the floor."

Gruenbacher led the Dolphins (0-2) with a match-high seven blocks while also hitting a team-best .250 (12-5-28) from the floor. Freshman outside hitter Brittany Lehman finished with 11 kills and nine digs while senior middle hitter Melissa Merchant added 10 kills to round out JU's double digit kill efforts.

Junior outside hitter Sara Bendorf had 11 digs, eight kills and four aces and sophomore libero Michelle Walroth led the defense with a match-high 28 digs.

Genny Mayhew and Maria Andersson each finished with a match-high 13 kills to lead the Hurricanes (1-1). Ciara Michel added 12 kills to add to the Miami offense while Bridget Bomhack led the defense with 21 digs. Katie Gallagher tallied the only other double-double in the contest with 40 assists and 19 digs.

In game one, Miami hit a match-high .289 (15-4-38) while the Dolphins got out of the gate slow by hitting .027 (7-6-37) from the floor as the Hurricanes used a 12-3 run to break an 8-8 tie.

In the second game, the Hurricanes kept up its hot pace by finishing .204 from the floor while the Dolphins improved to .152. Trailing 11-10, Miami used a 4-0 run to regain control as the Hurricanes never relinquished the lead and sealed the game with a 5-0 run.

In game three, the Dolphins bounced back with a match-high .265 hitting percentage while holding the Hurricanes to only a .054 clip, including nine hitting errors. Trailing 6-3, JU took control with a 10-0 run to lead 13-6. Both teams would trade points the remainder of the game as the Dolphins' lead never dipped below six points.

Miami ended things in the game four as the Dolphins hit .000 from the floor, including 10 hitting errors. JU led 4-1 to start things out but the Hurricanes worked their way back to tie the contest, 8-8. From there, Miami 5-0 run to lead 13-8 and would never lead by less than four points for the remainder of the game.

JU will next face Hofstra at 5 p.m. to conclude its weekend in the Orange and Green Challenge. Hofstra, which is 2-0 in the tournament, defeated Butler (3-2) in its first match today.