IU volleyball regional

Hoosiers — 19 25 25 20 15 (3)
Miami — 25 18 13 25 9 (2)
5TH SET: Benson finishes it with a touch kill that ricochets to the floor. IU playing Tennessee Saturday at 3 for a trip to the regional finals in Dayton. For the record, Alabama A&M has played both teams and Bulldogs’ coach gives IU the edge.
Miami’s determined not to let Benson beat them, but IU making other plays. Kill by Obieme and a four-hit call have IU ahead, 6-4. Switch ends at 8-4.
4TH SET: It’s tight again. IU timeout after 3-0 Miami run to make it 11-8. Hoosiers hanging in but can’t get over hump. Miami wins last three points to clinch it. We’re going to take the fifth. Benson 23 kills (.588), Haverly 17, Ivie Obieme 10. Miami hit .375. 25 digs for Cox, 21 for Haverly.
3RD SET: IU rolling. After taking 9-0 lead, not letting Miami gain momentum. Hoosiers made that look easy. Benson 18 kills, Haverly 13. IU hitting .227 after a .457 set with 19 kills. Haverly also has 10 digs, Cox 14.
2ND SET: This one’s been nip and tuck all the way through, but IU’s better play from the first set has carried over. A mini 3-0 run at 12-12 gave IU the cushion it hung on to. This one could go the distance. IU finished it off with a Benson block and an ace by Haverly. Benson has 11 kills (.471), Haverly 8. IU hit .196 that set while Miami dropped to .111. And give Caitlin Cox 13 digs in a heroic effort. IU now with 11 assist and 5.5 team blocks, catching up to Miami (1-10, 6).
1ST SET: It’s not going well early as Miami ruling at the net to lead 20-13. Hoosiers hitting an anemic .033 to Miami’s .308. Scrappy Canes are getting to everything. IU covered better last 10 points, but Miami still comes away with it. Ashley Benson has five kills and is hitting well (.571), so is Jordan Haverly, six kills (.357), but IU still at .087 to end set. Telling stat No. 2: Miami 1 solo, 8 block assists, 5 team. IU 0 solo, 4 assists, 2 team.

TENNESSEE 3, ALABAMA A&M 0: As expected No. 11 seed Vols roll into final with a 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 victory.
IU and Miami (Fla) are set to begin at 7. Updates coming at the end of each set. The place is packed and rockin’. And the band is right behind me. Eardrums are in trouble.

Hi, Jim Gordillo here live at the NCAA volleyball regional at University Gym.
Updates as the night progresses.
Tennessee opening up a big early lead in Game 1 over Alabama A&M.

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  1. Anyone who has never seen a college women’s volleyball game has no idea what they are missing. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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