No. 24 Volleyball Cruises Past BC, 3-0
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Dominating from start to finish, No. 24 Miami volleyball rolled past Boston College in three sets on Friday at the Knight Sports Complex. The Hurricanes extended their home winning streak to 17, dating back to last season.
UM won by the scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-16 to improve to 24-4 on the season and 16-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, remaining in a tie for first place with Florida State. The Seminoles defeated Maryland, 3-0, at home on Friday.
"We are always working on getting off to strong starts," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "We also talked about coming out focused after the break and tonight we were able to do both."
Miami put up its best defensive effort of the season statistically, holding the Eagles to 46 points for the match, the least amount surrendered this year. The Canes recorded a .343 hitting percentage compared to BC's .127. Junior libero Ryan Shaffer led the charge with a match-high 17 digs in the back row.
"Their outside hitters had quite a bit of success against us the last time, so it was definitely a priority to make sure we did a better job defensively to slow them down," Lantagne Welch said. "I thought our blocking was solid and we made some plays to keep the ball alive."
Playing in her second to last match at home, senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman put up 34 assists, while slamming down a season-high five kills in seven attempts. She entered the weekend leading the ACC in assists per set (10.63).
In the first set, Miami won the first four points and 10 of the first 13 to establish early momentum. From there, Boston College could only get as close as five, with Miami going on a late 6-2 run to take the opener.
The second set also did not feature any ties or lead changes, as the Canes went up 10-5 on a block assist by junior right side Alex Johnson and sophomore middle blocker Emani Sims. A 7-2 spurt upped the lead to seven, and a kill from Sims at 24-15 gave UM the 2-0 lead heading to intermission.
The Eagles put up resistance in the third set, taking a 7-5 lead. However, Miami went on an 11-3 run after the score was knotted at nine to take a commanding 20-12 lead. Four straight points on serves by Mourning ended the match, with freshman outside hitter Kelsie Groot concluding the night on a kill. It was the 11th sweep for the Canes this season and sixth at home.
Boston College fell to 10-20 on the year and 4-14 in the league, as the Canes have now taken the last 10 in the series.
UM will look to complete the year undefeated at home on Sunday against Maryland at 1 p.m. Prior to the match, the program will honor the contributions of Sundararaman in a ceremony.
"Maryland is a completely different team than Boston College with a very fast offense," Lantagne Welch said. "We will have to get ready for their style. They also played us very tough the first time and we will take advantage of the one day to get ready for them."Single-game tickets to home volleyball matches are available for as low as $3. Call 1-800-GO-CANES to order your tickets today. For all the latest information on Miami Hurricanes volleyball, follow the official Twitter feed, @CanesVB, or "Like Us" on Facebook at facebook.com/MiamiHurricanes.