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UM Prepares to Host Hurricane Invitational

UM Prepares to Host Hurricane Invitational

Coral Gables, Fla. ( — Women’s volleyball returnsto Miami after a 19-year hiatus. The University of Miami volleyballteam will hold its home-opener on Friday, September 7, at 2 p.m. against LongIsland at the Knight Sports Complex as part of the inaugural Hurricane Invitational.

The round-robin tournament features host-team Miami, Long Island, Woffordand UAB.

Athletic Director Paul Dee and the University of Miami announced the return ofthe volleyball program on February 28, 2000. The program, which originally beganin 1972, compiled an overall record of 178-127 through 10 seasons.

Among the team’s highlights were a state crown and regional runner-up finish in1979. In 1980, the team captured a regional title and finished with a Top-20 nationalranking. Despite that success, the volleyball program was discontinued as a fully-funded varsity sport after the 1981 season.

The Hurricane Invitational marks the resurgence of Miami volleyball. Prior tothe 6 p.m. match between Miami and Wofford, there will be a pre-game presentationthat will feature University of Miami President, Donna Shalala, Athletic Director Paul Dee and Head Volleyball Coach Nicole Lantagne in a historic “First Serve.” Former UM players from the 1972-1981 seasons have also been invited to attend the event.

Following the match, a post-game reception will take place outside the KnightSports Complex to officially enshrine volleyball memorabilia from the evening.Pastries and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public andHurricane fans are encouraged to bring a friend. Admissions is free.

Schedule of Matches:
Friday, September 7th
2:00 p.m. Miami vs. Long Island
4:00 p.m. UAB vs. Long Island
6:00 p.m. Miami vs. Wofford
8:00 p.m. UAB vs. Wofford

Saturday, September 8th
10:00 a.m. Miami vs. UAB
12:00 p.m. Long Island vs. Wofford

For ticket information for home Miami volleyball matches, contact the UM TicketOffice at 1-800 GO CANES or 305-284-2263 in Miami-Dade County.