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Grieve’s Career Day Leads Miami Over Virginia, 3-0

Grieve’s Career Day Leads Miami Over Virginia, 3-0

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A career day hitting for redshirt sophomore Angela Grieve led the University of Miami volleyball team to its 12th sweep of the season over Virginia on Sunday afternoon inside the Knight Sports Complex.

The Hurricanes (15-3, 6-2 ACC) held the Cavaliers under 20 points in the first and second sets, 25-19 and 25-16. In set three, Miami won the match with a 25-22 set victory.

“This was a bit of an odd match,” said head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara. “Often times, we establish a plan as a program for each opponent that ends up being pretty accurate. What we think will be tough ends up being tough and what we think can be effective ends up working. Today was the exact opposite – the things we planned to do didn’t go great, and the things we anticipated giving us trouble ended up being a huge strength.

“Our left side attacking carried us. Nyah [Anderson] and Angela [Grieve] were excellent and that really was the difference in the match. I don’t think we were anywhere near our best, but if nothing else, we again demonstrated the flexibility to change things on the fly for the better. We are looking forward to getting healthy and prepping this week for an excellent Wake Forest team.”

UM hit a season-best .383 behind 45 kills and 94 attacks, recording just nine errors.

Nyah Anderson had a career day hitting, tallying 14 kills for an attacking percentage of .379. The freshman added two digs and a block.

Grieve was unstoppable on the afternoon as she notched a career-high attacking percentage of .667 with a match- and season-best mark of 20 kills off 27 attempts with just two errors. The sophomore outside hitter added two blocks and a dig in the win. Grieve’s 20 kills marks a new match-high for a Cane this season.

Savannah Vach led the match with 41 assists, while Priscilla Hernandez posted a game-best 15 digs.

Coming off the bench, Anderson registered four-straight kills to give the Canes an early 10-6 lead. UVA answered with a 4-0 run to force Miami to use its first timeout of the set. The Cavaliers called their first timeout following a 4-0 Miami run to take a three-point lead, 16-13. UM held a comfortable 21-16 lead as UVA was forced to use its final timeout. Grieve continued her hot hitting to open the game with her seventh kill to give the Canes the 25-19 opening win.

The Miami attackers came out hot in the second set, posting five kills on six attempts with no errors to give the Canes a 6-2 lead for the early UVA timeout. Janet Kalaniuvalu served up the first ace of the match, extending the Miami lead, 11-4. Virginia battled back to within two, 18-16, before UM went on a 7-0 run ignited by an Anderson solo block and capped off by a Grieve kill to yet again secure the set win, 25-16, for Miami.

It was back-to-back kills from Anderson capping off a 4-0 Hurricane run to give them an 11-8 lead and force a UVA timeout. Aristea Tontai put Miami up four, 16-12, before the Cavaliers followed with their own 4-0 run to even up the game. Anderson regained Miami’s lead, 18-17, who went on a 3-0 run. After Grieve gave the Hurricanes set point, 24-20, Virginia battled off two set points. Just like sets one and two, it was a Grieve kill that ended the set with the UM win, 25-22.

Miami heads back on the road to travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22.