The Hurricanes (15-7) have won 12 of 13 matches on their home court.
Junior outside hitter Marcela Gamarra paced the Hurricanes with 15 kilss, two serving aces and seven digs. Gamarra has scored 10 or more kills in 19 of Miami's 22 matches this season.
Freshman setter Jaime Grass had a team-high 10 digs and added 15 assists.
UM head coach Nicole Lantagne utilized her bench in the match, with freshmen Christina Hernandez, Ashley Youngs, and sophomore Courtney seeing extensive playing time.
"It was a great chance to get everybody some playing time," said Lantagne. I thought we had some really nice performances off the bench. Courtnet came in and played great for us. She sparked us when we were struggling in game two."
Berg finished the match with one kill and two blocks.
Miami plays its last home match of the 2001 season Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in a rematch with Florida Atlantic,
Should the Hurricanes avenge an early season loss to the Owls, Miami would close its home schedule with an unprecedented 13-1 record at the Knight Sports Complex (.928). The Owls defeated UM 3-0 earlier this season.
"Its going to be fun to play them again," Lantagne said. "We don't feel like we gave them our best effort at their place. It's a chance for us to show them who we are and what we're all about. We're playing so well now- our team's really fired up to get a second shot at them."
Miami will honor its two departing seniors, middle blocker Kristi Sprinkel and outside hitter Vanessa Koehler before the game.
Davison sets record in One-Meter diving
The University of Miami women's swimming and diving team squad finished seventh at the SMU Swimming and Diving Classic at Perkins Natatorium with 215 total points, Sunday (Nov.4) in Dallas, Texas.
Senior Michelle Davison set a new meet record with 301.70 points in the one-meter diving competition.
The SMU women's swimming and diving team finished second, as the Ponies garnered 323 points, just 23 off the leading clip that the Auburn Tigers set an route to defending their tournament title. Auburn won last year's event with 313 points, and took home the 2001 crown after totaling 346 points.
The Hurricanes next travel to compete in the Pittsburgh Invitational from November 16-18.
MEN'S TENNIS FALLS
The University of Miami men's tennis team won three of six singles and lost all three doubles matches to Baylor at the Bulldog Scramble in Athens, Ga., this past weekend.
Picking up wins for the Hurricanes were No. 1 singles player Todd Widom, No. 2 Jose Leiberman and No. 6 Maxime Lepivert.
The teams played a round-robin format with individual results. There was no team scoring.
Among the results: Widom def. Matias Marin 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Leiberman def. Armando Carrascosa (7-6, 6-0); Zoltan Papp def. Andrew Golub (UM) 6-1, 6-1; Nathan McGregotr def. Tarik El Bassiouni (UM) 3-6, 6-23.
WOMEN'S SOCCER EXITS
The Hurricanes women's soccer team fell 2-0 to the No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers in the first round of the Big East tournament, Sunday Nov. 4. Miami finishes the season with an overall record of 10-8-1.
The Mountaineers Chrissie Abbott scored both goals, one in half, on the way to the blanking of the Hurricanes. Although the Hurricanes season might be over, there were several other teams that did move on to the next round of the championship.
Big East divisional champions Connecticut and Notre Dame eack won their quarterfinal games and advanced to the conference semifinals on Nov. 9 at Yarcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Pistacaway, N.J. Rutgers and Boston College also advanced to the semifinals.
The Huskies moved on with a 1-0 victory over Villanova. On the season, UConn compiled a 5-1 record in the Big East Northeast Division and stands at 16-4 overall. Freshman Kristen Graczyk led the Huskies in scoring with 21 points (nine goals, three assists), while Shannon Caldwell picked up Goalkeeper of the Week honors two times. The Huskies have been the conference runner-up the last seven seasons.
The Irish are in place to defend their Big East crown after topping St. John's 2-0. Notre Dame is 14-2-1 and is led by sophomore Amanda Guertin (10 goals, six assists). Senior Mia Sarkesian and sophomore Amy Werner have combined for 32 points (13 goals, six assists). The Irish have won the Big East championship every season since joining the conference in 1995.
WVU, off their victory against Miami, compiled a 4-1-1 in league play. Senior Katie Barnes guides the offense having netted 12 goals and assisted on nine others. The Mountaineers led the conference in goals scored with 44.
The Eagles are led by sophomore Sarah Rahko, who tallied 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in conference play. Boston College is 11-8-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Big East.
The championship final will take place Sunday, Nov. 11. It will be televised on Fox Sports Net, including in the South Florida area.
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