Syracuse Volleyball Loses in Three Straight Sets to Miami
By: Ryan Bridges | @RyanBridges517
CitrusTV Volleyball Beat Reporter
Coral Gables, FL – Syracuse fell to Miami in three sets once again. This is the second time this season the Hurricanes have swept the Orange, the first came back on October 30th inside the Women’s Building.
This is the third straight 3-0 loss for SU. Many coaches and players around the team have mentioned the various challenges the team is facing this time of year. The team has only been together for a couple of months, and only has 11 players.
Friday’s matchup was yet another showing of how these problems are affecting the team on the court.
In the first set, Syracuse put Miami on its back foot and led 17-15. That’s when the Orange would hit two straight balls out of bounds, killing their momentum. This was part of a 5-0 run that forced SU Head Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam to call timeout.
After the timeout, Syracuse brought the game back within a point. Miami led 22-21.
From there, the Hurricanes would earn the three points they needed to close out the set. The first came when Lauren Woodford tried to fool the defense by setting the ball over the net. However, Miami outside hitter Flormarie Heredia Colon snuffed it out and sent the ball right back to SU’s side of the court. Miami would go on to win the set 25-21.
The next set completely got away from Syracuse. The Orange trailed by as many as 12 at one point. SU committed many more errors in the second set than they did in the first. Miami also did a great job at the net on both sides of the ball. The Hurricanes took the second set 25-18.
The third set was a mix of the first two sets. The Orange kept the pressure on the Hurricanes for a little bit, but collapsed midway through.
Miami went on a 6-0 run that made the score 21-13. This flurry allowed the Canes to take the set 25-18.
Syracuse now gets some much-needed rest before facing off against NC State next Saturday inside the Women’s Building. That game will also be senior night for SU.