Hurricanes Topple Irish

It had been 43 matches since the Notre Dame volleyball team lost to a BIG EAST Conference rival during the regular season. That streak ended Friday night when the University of Miami Hurricanes defeated the Irish in five games, shocking the perennial powerhouse and making a statement for the youngest program in the conference.

"This win is huge," coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "We came out here and we played the best team in the conference, a top team in the country and we played awesome and we won. We came out with a victory. This puts Miami on the map."

The Hurricanes stunned Notre Dame early, taking a two game lead with wins of 30-25 and 30-28. The defending conference champion Irish, however, settled down in the third and fourth games, winning 30-25 and 30-22.

In the final game, the Hurricanes got a cushion from an eight point lead and then never relented, winning 15-7 and sealing the match.

The Hurricanes were led by sophomore outside hitter Valeria Tipiana (Lima, Peru), who had a mach high 28 kills and a team high .358 hitting percentage.

She was followed by senior outside hitter Marcela Gamarra (Medellin, Colombia), who generated 15 kills.

Biz Tyson (Jacksonville, Fla.) was third on the team with 11 kills and Jamie Grass (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led the defense with 27 digs.

The BIG EAST Conference's leading setter, Mallorey James (Tucson, Ariz.), led the Hurricanes with a match high 58 assists.

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