@CanesVB Falls to Lipscomb in Austin

@CanesVB Falls to Lipscomb in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Miami volleyball team fell for the first time at the American Campus Classic, dropping Friday’s match to Lipscomb in four sets.

The Hurricanes (3-2) tried to repeat their comeback success from Friday morning’s five-set thriller against UTSA, but were unable to put together another comeback win against the Lipscomb Bisons.

Lipscomb (4-2) controlled the opening set, beating Miami, 25-13. The Bisons’ attack was efficient and effective as Lipscomb hit .522 and held Miami to a .100 attack percentage. The second set was a tighter battle, but the Bisons prevailed, 25-22, to head into the intermission with a two sets to none lead in the match over the Hurricanes.

Miami would come out of the intermission revitalized, taking the third set, 25-22. But the Bisons would rebound after dropping the third set to close out the match in four sets with a 25-12 win in the final game of the match.

Olga Strantzali led the Hurricanes attack against Lipscomb, recording 15 kills and hitting .310 for the match. The junior, who was a Preseason All-ACC selection, also had nine digs, two assists and a service ace.

Lucia Pampana was an efficient attacker from the middle, hitting a team-best .429 to go with her eight kills and three blocks. Fellow middle blocker Sakile Simmons had two kills and a team-high four blocks.

Anna Haak had seven kills, nine digs and two blocks, while Kolby Bird added four kills, two digs, two blocks and a service ace.

Alyssa Basdavanos had 30 assists, adding five digs and two blocks. Sara Duque recorded six digs and two assists, while Sylvia Hernandez had four digs and a kill. Codi Lee had an assist and a dig, while Brooke McDermott also saw action against Lipscomb.

Miami closes out the tournament on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET against the host Longhorns. All matches at the American Campus Classic will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network.

Following this weekend’s action in Texas, the Canes have two more non-conference tournaments before opening ACC play. Miami will travel to Manhattan, Kan., for three matches at the Wildcat Classic and is set to close non-conference play with three matches at a tournament at the University of Delaware.

All Hurricanes volleyball home matches are played at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus. For a complete look at the Hurricanes’ 2016 schedule, click here.

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