NORMAL, Ill. - Behind 13 kills from sophomore middle blocker Alexis Mourning and .361 team hitting percentage, the University of Miami volleyball team swept Presbyterian College on Saturday at the Redbird Classic on the campus of Illinois State University. The Canes finished the weekend 2-1 and move to 6-1 on the season.
"It was nice to see us get back into our offensive rhythm tonight," said head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. "We handled the ball well and that allowed us to have a balanced attack. Both of our middles were very effective, and certainly that helps create nice openings for our pin hitters to take advantage of."
The Hurricanes won by the scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-21 and did not trail at any point in the match. UM has now won its last 12 neutral-site contests.
The 13 kills for Mourning tied a career-high previously set in the season opener against Wofford at the Hurricane Invitational. Junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins racked up 12 kills and has put up double digits in the category in all seven matches in 2012.
Defensively, UM out-dug PC 63-41, led by 18 digs from junior libero Ryan Shaffer. Senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman, a native of Illinois, put up a match-high 39 assists, while sophomore middle blocker Emani Sims, also from Illinois, recorded five block assists.
Presbyterian (1-7), a member of the Big South Conference, was held to a .148 hitting percentage.
The Hurricanes will next return home to open Atlantic Coast Conference play against rival Florida State on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The match will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.
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