First-Place VB Takes Epic Opener, Sweeps WF
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After overcoming seven set points to win the opener, the University of Miami volleyball team rolled past Wake Forest in the next two sets to pick up a road sweep on Friday at Reynolds Gym. The Canes won by the scores of 31-29, 25-17 and 25-19 and have now won the last nine sets over the Demon Deacons.
Miami improved to 22-4 on the season and 13-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference to maintain a first-place tie with Florida State, while Wake Forest fell to 10-18 and 4-12.
"Every match in the ACC is challenging," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "We were able to win a tough first set and then turn it up after that. It was a balanced attack with some nice production off the bench."
Orchestrating the offense, senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman had 38 assists to six different players, while picking up three kills in four attacks. Junior libero Ryan Shaffer continued her stellar play in the back row with 19 digs.
In its longest set of the season, Miami needed 31 points to take the opening frame for 13th time in the last 14 matches. The Deacons were on the brink with a 24-21 lead, but the Mourning put down kills on the next three points to even it up. The teams then went back-and-forth with WF having four more chances to close it out and Miami one before a service ace by sophomore outside hitter Savanah Leaf ended the marathon set on the 60th point.
With the momentum in hand, the Hurricanes dominated the next two sets to pick up the victory. There were only three ties and one lead change in the final two frames.
Miami will next turn around and play at Duke on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Canes defeated the Blue Devils in four sets earlier this season at the Knight Sports Complex.
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