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Published 10/12/2012
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Lantagne Welch Hits Milestone at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore outside hitter Savanah Leaf broke through for a match-high 13 kills and the University of Miami volleyball team defeated Maryland in straight sets on Friday at Comcast Pavilion.

Head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch, who played collegiate volleyball at Maryland, earned her 100th career Atlantic Coast Conference victory.

UM (15-3, 7-1 ACC) improved its winning streak to five matches with set scores of 26-24, 26-24 and 25-17. The Terrapins fell to 10-9 overall and 2-6 in the league.

"Milestones like this are special because they are about the people - players and staff - that you surround yourself with to get there," Lantagne Welch said. "I have been fortunate to be around a great group of Canes."

Leaf's 13 kills were her season-high in an ACC match. She also had eight digs on the night. The Canes recorded a hitting percentage of .325 in the match, with junior right side Alex Johnson, sophomore middle blocker Emani Sims and junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins each notching nine kills in the balanced UM attack. Senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman put up 38 assists.

Defensively, junior libero Ryan Shaffer led Miami with nine digs.

The first set was played evenly with 12 ties, and the Terps had a shot to win it with a lead of 24-23. However, Hollins knocked down a kill to tie it up. Leaf then followed with a slam of her own and combined with sophomore middle blocker Alexis Mourning on a block to give UM the 26-24 set victory.

The Canes came back once again in the next set, overcoming a 24-22 deficit to take a commanding 2-0 advantage. Down two set points, Leaf recorded a kill and two Maryland attack errors swung the momentum the other way. Sims ended it with a block solo going to intermission.

With the momentum in hand, Miami left no doubt in the third set. The Canes went up by as many as seven points and sealed the win on a kill by Johnson.

Lantagne Welch, in her 12th season at the helm of the program, is now 100-70 in ACC matches and 233-117 overall.

The Hurricanes will continue their weekend road trip with a noon match on Sunday at Boston College. The Eagles lost to Florida State, 3-0, Friday night.

The UM Ticket Office is pleased to offer single game tickets to home volleyball matches at the Knight Complex for as low as $3. Call 1-800-GO-CANES to order your tickets today.

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