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First-Place VB Takes Epic Opener, Sweeps WF

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          Release: 11/09/2012
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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."

Junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins and sophomore middle blocker Alexis Mourning each had 12 kills to lead all players on the night. Miami hit .223 as a team and had 13 more kills than WF (48-35).

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.

Freshmen Kelsie Groot and Awele Nwaeze provided a spark off the bench for UM with a combined eight kills. It was the 22nd win in the last 23 Friday matches for the Canes.

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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Schedule
 
Friday, August 22
Volleyball vs. Orange & Green Scrimmage
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Friday, August 29
Volleyball vs. Seton Hall
Coral Gables, Fla
7:00 PM
Saturday, August 30
Volleyball vs. Florida A&M
Coral Gables, Fla.
12:00 PM
Volleyball vs. Florida Gulf Coast
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Friday, September 05
Volleyball at Arkansas-Little Rock
Fort Worth, Texas
10:00 AM
Volleyball at TCU
Fort Worth, Texas
8:00 PM
Saturday, September 06
Volleyball at Prairie View
Fort Worth, Texas
3:30 PM
Friday, September 12
Volleyball at Wisconsin
Madison, Wisc.
7:00 PM
Saturday, September 13
Volleyball at Ball State
Madison, Wisc.
10:00 AM
Volleyball at Missouri State
Madison, Wisc.
5:00 PM
Friday, September 19
Volleyball vs. UNC Greensboro
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Volleyball vs. UNC Greensboro
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Saturday, September 20
Volleyball vs. Missouri
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Friday, September 26
Volleyball vs. Notre Dame
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Sunday, September 28
Volleyball at Duke
Durham, N.C.
1:00 PM
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