Volleyball Defeats First-Place NC State, 3-1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami volleyball team defeated North Carolina State, 3-1, on Friday at the Knight Sports Complex to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. The Canes won their 13th straight at home to snap the Wolfpack's 10-match winning streak.
UM won by set scores of 25-23, 25-17, 20-25 and 25-15 to improve to 13-3 on the year and 5-1 in the ACC, while NCSU dropped to 15-2 and 5-1.
"We just beat a great team that was on a huge winning streak and knows how to win," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "I thought we played some nice volleyball and put together a nice defensive effort."
Sophomore middle blocker Alexis Mourning had a match-high 13 kills to lead the Hurricanes, while junior Taylor Hollins recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman had 36 assists.
Defensively, junior libero Ryan Shaffer notched a season-high 30 digs in the back row to help hold the Wolfpack to a .089 hitting percentage. Miami hit at a .214 clip for the match.
In the first set, NC State went up 23-20 and seemed poised to take the opener, but the Canes rallied to win the next five points to go up 1-0 in the match. That momentum continued in the second, as Miami went on a 16-6 run to take a commanding advantage that would not be relinquished.
NC State, who had played their previous 13 matches at home, responded after the intermission to win the third set to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Wolfpack then even the score at 10 in the fourth with sights set on forcing a deciding fifth frame. However, the Hurricanes reeled in 11 of the next 13 points to go up 21-12. UM won sealed the win on an attack error from NCSU.
Brie Merriwether led the visitors with 10 kills, while Alston Kearns had 21 digs.
Miami will look to continue its winning ways at home on Sunday against North Carolina (13-3, 4-2 ACC), who fell to Florida State, 3-0, on Friday. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the Knight Sports Complex.
Miami has won 24 of the last 25 at home ... the Canes picked up six service aces ... Alex Johnson tied her career high with six total blocks ... 12 different UM players saw action in the match ... Kelsie Groot had two kills in two attempts ... Savanah Leaf had double-digit digs (11) ... Miami is 13-0 when having a higher attack percentage ... there were 16 ties and seven lead changes in the match.
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