Carico Leads Hurricanes Volleyball Past N.C. State, 3-0

Carico Leads Hurricanes Volleyball Past N.C. State, 3-0

Nov. 21, 2008

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Raleigh, N.C. – Hurricane freshman outside hitter Lane Carico hammered out a match-high 13 kills to lead the University of Miami Volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over North Carolina State Friday night at venerable Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes’ 25-22, 25-15, 25-19 win allowed eighth-year head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch to register the 150th win of her career.

Miami (25-6, 13-6 ACC) trailed for much of the first set as NCSU’s Lindsay Benac helped the homestanding Wolfpack to four consecutive points off starting serve. UM’s senior right side hitter Ashley Woods ended the run with a kill, cutting the UM deficit at 4-1. The Hurricanes rallied late after trailing by as many as 10-3 when Woods, sophomore Katie Gallagher and junior Genny Mayhew punched in kills to cut the N.C. State lead at 13-12. The Orange and Green took the lead for good in the frame following an attack error charged to the Wolfpack–one of five in the set. The UM defense limited them to just .136 hitting in the set (11-5-44), while hoisting a .239 hitting percentage (17-6-46) themselves. UM claimed the 25-22 win with a kill from freshman Carico and blocks from Woods and senior Angelica Ellis.

N.C. State (9-25, 3-16 ACC) jumped out to an early lead again in the second frame as they used kills from Aiwane Iboaya and two UM attack errors to lead, 3-0 right off the bat. The `Canes cut into the lead and eventually took over the scoring advantage with a 5-0 run spurred by three kills from Mayhew to lead, 9-5. The Wolfpack cut into the UM lead, 13-12, with Iboaya and UM attack errors (five in the set), but Miami ran the lead back out to an insurmountable 18-13 advantage with two kills from Carico and another from Woods. The `Canes earned the 25-15 win behind a powerful .314 hitting clip (16-5-35) in the frame while holding NCSU to a match-low .037 mark (6-5-27).

Miami grabbed an early 9-4 advantage in the third set by using six attack errors from the Wolfpack. The Hurricanes kept the margin at five on an Ali Becker kill at the 14-9 mark and took a 19-14 lead on another of Carico’s five third-set kills. The `Canes closed out the frame and the match with a strong 5-2 run, including kills from Ellis and teammates Bridget Bomhack and Christine Williamson to earn the 25-19 win.

NCSU was led on the night by Iboaya with a team-high 10 kills as the only Wolfpack player to touch double-figures in that category. Teammate Allyson Weissberg added seven kills while Kelly Wood swallowed up 12 digs on defense.

UM was led by three players in double-figures for kills, most notably Carico’s 13-kill performance. Not to be lost was Ellis (10) and Mayhew (10) as the duo accounted for 20 of Miami’s 47 kills in the match. Carico added 13 digs to notch another double-double while teammate Cassie Loessberg collected a match-high 13 digs and two assists.

The win allowed Miami head coach Lantagne Welch to collect her illustrious 150th win tonight while giving her the second 25-win season at UM since bringing back the program in 2001. Lantagne Welch has also collected the most ACC wins in a single-season for the Hurricanes with 13, surpassing the previous amount of 11 during the 2004 and ’05 seasons, respectively.

Miami’s next match will be the regular season finale against in-state rival Florida State on Wednesday, Nov. 26 in the capital city of Tallahassee. The `Canes defeated the Seminoles, 3-1, in their only other meeting of the season back on Sept. 19 in Coral Gables.