@CanesVB Falls at Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Miami volleyball team fell to the host Kansas State Wildcats on the opening day of the 2016 Wildcat Classic.
The Hurricanes (4-4) dropped the match to the Wildcats (5-2) in three sets at Ahearn Field House. Kansas State took a two sets to none lead into the locker room at the intermission, winning the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-17. The Wildcats finished defending their home floor with a tight 25-23 win in the third and final set.
Olga Strantzali was one of two Hurricanes to amass double-digit kills, leading the team with 16. The junior, who was a Preseason All-ACC honoree, added four digs and a block.
Sophomore Anna Haak registered 10 kills and three digs with a .318 attack percentage, while junior Kolby Bird hit a team-leading .450 with nine kills, four blocks, three digs and a service ace.
Miami played a trio of middle blockers as Lucia Pampana, Sakile Simmons and Madison Dill combined for four kills and four blocks.
Alyssa Basdavanos had 32 assists, two digs and a block, while libero Sylvia Hernandez had six digs and a team-best two services aces.
Sara Duque was a key reserve, tying Sylvia Hernandez with a team-high six digs, while Brooke McDermott also saw action off the bench for the Hurricanes.
The Canes will close out the weekend with a match against Mississippi State (5-2) at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday morning.
Following this weekend’s action, Miami is set to close non-conference play with three matches at a tournament at the University of Delaware on Sept. 16-17.
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.