Miami Sweeps Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In its first road conference match of the season, the University of Miami volleyball team pushed past Virginia, 3-0, on Friday at Memorial Gymnasium. The Canes have now swept the last three meeting against the Cavaliers.
UM won by the set scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 27-25 to improve to 10-2 and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while UVA dropped to 5-7 and 0-2 this season.
"Every win is important in the ACC race and getting those on the road are challenging," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "Tonight was a team effort and I felt like we blocked very well. We also had players come in and make a difference for us - a theme for us this season - particularly Caiti [Donahoe], Blair [Fuentez] and Savanah [Leaf]. They provided a great spark to help us to victory."
Freshman setter Caitilin Donahoe put up six kills on seven attempts (.857 hitting percentage) to go with 27 assists and seven digs in her first career start. Leading the Canes in kills was junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins, who posted her 11th double-double in 12 matches with 12 kills and 10 digs on the night. Classmate Savanah Leaf had eight kills and six digs in her first match back after competing internationally for her home country, Great Britain.
Miami picked up 16 more digs than UVA (55-39) to hold the hosts to a .130 hitting percentage, with junior libero Ryan Shaffer registering a match-high 15 digs. On the front line, sophomore middle blockers Emani Sims and Alexis Mourning combined for 12 total blocks.
After a late rally to pull away in the first set and a balanced attack in the second, Miami held off a furious Virginia rally to spoil one set point and tie the score at 25 in the third. The Cavaliers then committed an attack error and Hollins knocked in a kill on a blocking error to give UM the win.
Natalie Bausback picked up 12 digs to lead the Cavaliers.
Miami will look to jump to 3-0 in the ACC in its next match on Sunday at Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. inside Cassell Coliseun. The Hokies fell to Florida State on Friday in five sets.
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