Oct. 4, 2008
ATLANTA – Genny Mayhew hit .354 and logged a match-best 20 kills to lead Miami (14-2, 3-2 ACC) to a 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 27-25) win over Georgia Tech (11-4, 3-2 ACC) Saturday evening at O’Keefe Gym.
Mayhew was one of three Hurricanes with a double-double on the night, posting 13 digs to go along with her 20 kills against the Yellow Jackets. Lane Carico added 13 kills and 15 digs while setter Katie Gallagher posted 13 digs in addition to 48 assists.
Miami’s win overshadowed an impressive performance by right side hitter Brittany Roderick, who connected on 14 of her 27 attack attempts for a .370 average while outside hitter Talisa Kellogg led the Yellow Jackets with 18 kills on the night. Chrissy DeMichelis also had a strong showing on the outside, hitting .421 with 10 kills and two blocks against the Hurricanes.
Tech took a 21-17 lead in the first set but couldn’t hold on as the Hurricanes came back to win, 25-23, behind the net defense of Angelica Ellis. Miami recorded three blocks during its 8-4 run to end the set, with Ellis involved in all three. Mayhew led Miami with five kills in the frame, while Kellogg posted a set-high six against the Hurricanes.
The Yellow Jackets led by as many as nine points early in the second set and held an eight-point lead at 21-13, but Miami climbed back into the set with five unanswered points to make the score 21-18. The two teams traded the next three points before Tech committed back-to-back errors which allowed the Hurricanes to pull within two points. But Chrissy DeMichelis finished off the set with back-to-back kills to help Tech even the match at 1-1.
Miami hit a remarkable .452 in the third frame and cruised to a 25-19 win after starting the set on a 6-0 run. The Yellow Jackets struggled to shut down the Hurricanes’ outside hitters Lane Carico and Mayhew, who combined for seven kills on 15 attempts, while Tech managed to hit just .182 in the frame.
There were six lead changes and 14 tie scores before Miami claimed a 27-25 win in the fourth set. After Tech took a 25-24 lead on an attacking error by Mayhew, the Hurricanes tied the match on a service error by Callie Miller before back-to-back kills from Ali Becker and Ashley Woods sealed the win.
The Jackets will be back in action next weekend when they host Duke and Wake Forest for a pair of ACC matches at O’Keefe Gym. Friday’s match against the Blue Devils will begin at 7 p.m., while the match on Saturday against Wake Forest has a 7:30 p.m. start time.