@CanesVB Bests Duquesne in Four Sets
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Miami volleyball team defeated Duquesne in its final match at the Delaware Invitational.
Miami (6-6) took the opening set, 25-19, before Duquesne (9-5) evened the match at one set apiece with their 26-24 win in the second set. The Canes came out of the intermission and took the third set, 25-20. Miami finished off the victory with a 25-21 win in the fourth set.
Three Hurricanes recorded double-digit kills, led by Olga Strantzali’s 21. The junior matched her season-high in kills, set Saturday morning against Missouri, and added 18 digs, five service aces and two blocks. Strantzali, who hit .348 for the match, recorded her fourth double-double of the season. She was named to the Delaware Invitational All-Tournament Team following the final match of the tournament.
Lucia Pampana hit .444 and had a career-high 14 kills to go with three blocks and four digs, while Anna Haak registered 11 kills, eight digs, two service aces, a block and an assist.
Sakile Simmons had eight kills and hit .353 for the match, adding a team-high four blocks. Kolby Bird tied with Simmons for the team lead with four blocks and added three kills, eight digs, three assists and an ace.
Hannah Sorensen had a double-double for the third consecutive match, distributing a career-best 44 assists and registering 14 digs. Sorensen also had a career-high two service aces.
Sylvia Hernandez had 12 digs and five assists as Miami’s libero, while Brooke McDermott tallied three kills and two digs off the bench.
Following this weekend’s matches in Delaware, the Hurricanes will open conference play with matches against ACC foes Florida State and Notre Dame. Miami will travel to Florida State for its ACC opener at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23, while the Canes will host Notre Dame at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 in their ACC home opener.
All Hurricanes volleyball home matches are played at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus. Admission is free. For a complete look at the Hurricanes’ 2016 schedule, click here.