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@CanesVB Sweeps NC State, 3-0, in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Miami volleyball team closed out its road trip to North Carolina with a three-set victory over NC State.

The Hurricanes took the match, 25-21, 25-29 and 25-19 to secure their sixth win in the last seven matches. Miami has also won its last six matches against the Wolfpack, improving the all-time series record to 18-1.

Miami showed resiliency, battling back from an early 8-4 deficit to take the opening set, 25-21. The Hurricanes tied the set at 19 and powered on, scoring six of the final eight points to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Canes and Wolfpack had another tight battle in the second set. The two teams seesawed back and forth until Miami snapped a 18-18 tie. The Hurricanes closed out the second set scoring five of the final six points to win the set, 25-19, and take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

The Wolfpack opened the third set aggressive, taking a 8-6 lead early. But Miami got on a roll and closed out its three-set victory scoring five of the final six points to take the third set, 25-19.

Savanah Leaf led all Canes with 17 kills and 10 digs, recording her team-best ninth double-double. The senior, who hit .389 for the match also added two aces and two blocks.

Fellow senior captain Emani Sims was Miami’s most efficient attacker, hitting .615 while tallying nine kills. Sims added an ace and was one of three Canes to register three blocks.

Sophomore Kelsie Groot collected seven kills and five digs, while junior Taylor Scott added four kills and eight digs. Freshman middle blocker Sakile Simmons picked up five kills and three blocks against NC State Sunday.

Haley Templeton dished out 35 assists and added an ace and three blocks while helping Miami’s attack hit .323 as a team.

Freshmen Sylvia Hernandez, Brooke McDermott and Michele Marenus also were contributors in Sunday’s victory. Hernandez had seven digs as Miami’s defensive specialist, while Marenus had two aces and McDermott added an ace off the bench.

Miami returns to the James L. Knight Sports Complex to host Louisville and Virginia next weekend. The Canes will welcome Louisville to the ACC on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., while Virginia will face Miami at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9. Admission is free to both matches.

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