November 4, 2011

Zips Drop Five-Set Heartbreaker to Miami (Ohio)

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AKRON, Ohio – After coming back from two sets down, The University of Akron volleyball team lost a five-set heartbreaker 13-15 in the fifth to Miami (Ohio) (13-14, 4-9 MAC), the second time in three matches the Zips have come up just short in the deciding set (19-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 13-15). Akron (4-22, 1-12 MAC) has now fallen victim in all five of its five-set matches this season.

The Zips turned in season-highs of 65 assists, 73 kills and 84.0 points. As a team, they hit .264 to Miami's .273 and notched 7.0 total blocks to MU's 13.0. Despite the outcome, Akron had career nights from multiple players and saw four Zips reach double figures in kills. Senior outside hitter Courtney Jarvis notched a match-high 20 kills and is now just 15 shy of the 1,000 career kills milestone.

Junior Chelsea Harvey, playing in a new role for UA, tallied a career-best 14 kills and added 14 digs for a double-double and finished with a .333 hitting percentage. Also with 14 kills, just one shy of her career high, was sophomore Alex Cocklin, who also had a career-best five block assists. Junior setter Morgan Kuhn equaled her career high with 61 assists and also tallied 15 digs for a double-double. Freshman middle blocker Mary Delich added 10 kills and three block assists, and junior Paiton Twitty matched her career best with nine kills on the night.

Akron dropped the first two sets but came back to take the third 25-20 after a tight battle that saw 12 tie scores and four lead changes. With the score even at 20 all, the Zips went on a five-point run behind Jarvis' serve to close out the frame. In the fourth, the score was level at 13 until Akron took control with a seven-point outburst on the serve of Jill Paluch to go up 22-14. UA then managed to put it away without much trouble and send the match to a deciding fifth set.

Out of the gate, Akron had the momentum and took a 7-4 lead, but the RedHawks fought back to even things at 10 apiece. The Zips countered and took the next two points for a 12-10 advantage, but again Miami was able to tie it up. At 13-13, MU notched crucial back-to-back kills to take the match and cause another heartbreak for Akron.

The Zips will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. ET against Bowling Green, as Jarvis will go for her 1,000th career kill on Senior Day at James A. Rhodes Arena. Live video and live stats will be available on GoZips.com.