Miami Volleyball Sweeps North Carolina Road Trip
Nov. 12, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Five University of Miami players reached double figures in kills to help lead the Hurricanes past homestanding Wake Forest, 3-1, inside Reynolds Gymnasium in an Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball matchup on Saturday.
Miami (23-3, 14-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) picked up its eighth consecutive win with scores of 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 and its fourth consecutive victory on the road.
Wake Forest (7-20, 4-13 ACC) took the opening set before the Hurricanes rolled off three straight set wins to retain sole possession of second place in the ACC standings behind in-state rival Florida State.
UMiami senior All-America outside hitter Lane Carico picked up her 20th double-double of the year – eighth consecutive – while hitting at a season-high .457 clip. For Carico, it marked the second consecutive match in which the Manhattan Beach, Calif. native has secured a plus-400 hitting percentage, also doing so against Duke on Friday night.
Carico, a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, led all performers on the night with a match-high tying 16 kills on 35 attacks without committing an error. She also brought in 13 digs while serving out an ace. Redshirt senior outside hitter Christine Williamson registered double digit kills for the fourth time on the campaign with 14, also managing four blocks and two digs.
Sophomore right side Alex Johnson recorded her sixth double-double of the year as she placed 10 kills and sprawled out for 11 digs, all while adding four assists, two service aces and three blocks for the Canes. Also touching double figures were redshirt freshman middle blocker Emani Sims and senior middle blocker Ali Becker each staking 10. Redshirt senior setter Katie Gallagher picked up the third double-double of the night for UMiami with a match-high 52 assists and 11 digs.
For Gallagher, the match represented the fifth time on the year the Winter Park, Fla. native has produced 50-plus assists. Sophomore libero Ryan Shaffer led all players for the Canes with 18 digs. Sims would go on to add a match-high five blocks.
Wake Forest was led by Andrea Beck’s 16 kills and three blocks, while teammate Kadija Fornah added 15 kills, 10 digs and two blocks. Carlin Salmon also had 11 kills for the Demon Deacons. Libero Dani Thompson collected 19 digs and teammate Kylie Hargreaves brought in 22 digs.
Miami gets back to action on Friday, Nov. 18 when the Canes travel to Georgia Tech for a 7 p.m. matchup in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets were the last team to defeat the Canes in a 3-1 contest back on Oct. 16 inside the James L. Knight Sports Complex in Coral Gables. It was also the only loss this season for UMiami at home.
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