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@CanesVB Falls in Three at Pitt

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Miami volleyball team dropped its final match of the weekend, falling at Pitt in three sets.

The Hurricanes (15-7, 8-4 ACC) dropped a tight opening set to the host Panthers, 25-23. Pitt took the second set, 25-20, to enter the intermission up two sets to none. The Canes battled, but came up short in the third set. The Panthers won the third set, 25-22, to complete a three-set sweep on their home floor.

Senior Alexis Mourning and junior Kelsie Groot tied for the team lead with seven kills apiece at Pitt. Mourning led the Hurricanes with a .500 hitting percentage and a team-high five blocks, while Groot added five digs and two blocks.

Sophomores Olga Strantzali and Sakile Simmons each recorded five kills for Miami. Strantzali added seven digs and a block, while Simmons hits .444 and had four blocks from her middle blocker position.

Haley Templeton distributed 28 assists, adding four kills, three blocks and two digs, while Taylor Scott and Kolby Bird each finished with three kills. Bird added two blocks and an ace, while Scott also had a block and an ace. Kalysta White led Miami with eight digs and added four assists as Miami’s libero.

In total, 13 different Canes saw action on Sunday.  Freshman Codi Lee made her first career start, while Sylvia Hernandez, Lucia Pampana, Caitilin Donahoe and Brooke McDermott also played against the Panthers.

The Canes return to Coral Gables for a six-match homestand beginning next week against Florida State and Virginia. Miami will host the rival Seminoles at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and the visiting Cavaliers on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. Louisville, Notre Dame, Duke and Wake Forest will also travel to Miami during the six-match homestand that runs through Nov. 22. All Miami home matches are played at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus and admission is free.

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