Volleyball Cruises By Wake Forest, 3-0
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - In one of its more dominating performances of the season, the University of Miami volleyball team took care of Wake Forest in three sets on Sunday at the Knight Sports Complex. Sophomore middle blocker Emani Sims continued her strong play with 14 kills on the day, bringing her weekend total to 32.
UM won by set scores of 25-11, 25-17 and 25-15 to improve to 12-3 on the season and 4-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Wake Forest dropped to 6-10 and 0-4. The 43 points allowed were the fewest permitted this season by the Canes, playing in their second of seven broadcasted matches this season (ESPN3).
"It was nice to really come out and be ready to play today," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "We did a nice job with our serving and passing to get them out of system and give us a chance to run all of our options offensively."
Sims, who totaled 18 kills against Duke on Friday, followed with a match-high 14 in three sets today. She hit at a career-high .722 clip with just one error in 18 total attempts, as the Hurricanes had their best hitting percentage against an ACC opponent this season (.433).
On the front line, sophomore middle blocker Alexis Mourning had five block assists to help UM collect eight total blocks. Miami had eight service aces in the match.
"The blocking today was a testament to how well we served," Lantagne Welch continued. "That got them out of position and our blockers stayed disciplined to make the plays."
Junior libero Ryan Shaffer notched 14 digs to bring her total to 265 for the season, while senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman had 34 assists (568 for the season).
In addition, junior right side Alex Johnson picked up nine kills and nine digs on a .692 hitting percentage.
In a match that saw just two lead changes on the day, Miami went on a 19-4 run to win the first set after the score was tied at six. The second was more of the same, with UM never falling behind and running away after starting up 11-4. The match was won with the Canes hitting .522 in the third.
Anna Carley recorded 10 kills for the Demon Deacons.
Miami will look to continue its 12-match home winning streak next weekend with contests against NC State and North Carolina on Friday and Sunday at the Knight Sports Complex.
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