Carolina Prepped To Host Miami, FSU
Release: 11/01/2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Tar Heels will host two nationally ranked teams this weekend, facing No. 23 Miami on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 11 Florida State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Admission is free for all UNC volleyball matches, and Saturday's match will be Carolina Kids Club night at Carmichael Arena. 

Follow the Matches:


  • This is the 24th match between Carolina and Miami, and the 56th between UNC and Florida State. The Tar Heels are 10-13 against the Hurricanes, including a 3-1 loss at Miami earlier this season. Carolina is 19-36 all-time against the Seminoles, including a 3-0 loss earlier this season in Tallahassee.
  • In 2011, UNC lost 3-1 at Miami as well, but topped the Canes 3-2 at home. 
  • The last time UNC beat FSU was a 2010 3-2 victory in Chapel Hill, when FSU was ranked No. 14.
  • As of Thursday, Nov. 1, Florida State leads the ACC with a 21-2 (12-1) record, Miami is second in the ACC at 20-3 (12-1) and UNC is in third at 19-4 (10-3).

North Carolina:

  • The Tar Heels have won six straight matches and are undefeated at home this season (10-0). 
  • Freshman Paige Neuenfeldt ranks fourth in blocks (1.21/s), sophomore Chaniel Nelson is ninth (1.05/s), and senior Tia Gaffen is 10th (1.03/s). 
  • Sophomore Ece Taner is eight in digs (3.98/s) and ninth in aces (0.27/s). 
  • UNC ranks in the top five for each category in the ACC. The Heels are third in assists (12.94/s) and kills (13.80/s); fourth in opponent hitting (1.66), aces (1.26/s) and blocks (2.47/s); and fifth in digs (15.12/s) and team attack (.233).
  • Miami's only conference loss this season was a 3-0 drop to Virginia Tech on Sept. 23. 
  • Senior Nrithya Sundararaman leads the ACC in assists with 10.84/s. Sophomores Emani Sims (1.35/s) and Alexis Mourning (1.33/s) are second and third in the conference for blocking. Sims is also seventh in hitting (.350).
  • Junior Ryan Shaffer ranks third for digs (4.60/s), and junior Alex Johnson is fourth in aces (0.35/s). 
  • As a team, the Canes lead the conference in assists (13.46/s), kills (14.42/s) and blocks (2.99/s). Miami is second in opponent hitting (.161) and third in digs (16.53/s).
Florida State:
  • Florida State leads the ACC and is No. 10 in the NCAA in attack (.288). The Seminoles are second in the ACC and No. 19 in the NCAA for blocks (2.77/s).
  • The Noles are also second in assists (13.10/s) and kills (14.33), and third for opponent hitting (.161).
  • Senior Sareea Freeman leads the ACC in individual attack (.455), and junior Ashley Neff is No. 1 in blocks (1.61/s) and second in hitting (.433). 
  • Sophomore Katie Mosher is also fourth in digs (4.38/s). 


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