VB Wins First Road ACC Match Against Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Miami volleyball team won its first ACC road match on Sunday afternoon, defeating Virginia, 3-1.
Miami’s offense was in full force with four Canes recording more than 10 kills each to help the Canes return to winning form and improve to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in ACC play after a 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18 win in Memorial Gymnasium.
The Canes took the first set, 25-21, recording 15 kills off a .343 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Kolby Bird surpassed her 100th kill of the season on her first kill against the Cavaliers and finished the match with 13. This is the third time in the senior’s career where she’s tallied more than 100 kills in a single season.
Virginia (4-10, 0-4 ACC) took the second set, 25-21, and allowed only 11 kills from the Canes. Middle blocker Bridget Wallenberger tallied four of her 13 kills in the second, but the Canes’ late rally was denied by back-to-back kills from Virginia’s Sarah Billiard, who finished with a team-leading 14 kills.
Miami took the third set with a .567 kill attack percentage, tallying 17 kills. Lukianova had an explosive third set with six of her 15 kills. The Canes recorded 17 total kills in the third and finished with a .467 hitting percentage.
Sullivan’s five block assists tied a career high and helped the Canes tally 19 total blocks against the Cavaliers. Three of Sullivan’s blocks came in the fourth set where Miami was able to take the match with a 25-18 set win. Freshman Chloe Brown was the final Cane to record double-digit kills after finishing the match with 12, including four in the fourth set.
Miami finished the match with 57 kills and a .315 hitting percentage. Senior Haley Templeton finished the match with 45 of Miami’s 55 assists.
The Canes return to the Knight Sports Complex on Friday, Oct. 5, to host UNC for its third home ACC match of the season. The Canes will then host NC State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
All Hurricanes volleyball home matches are played at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus. Admission is free.
The University of Miami – Coral Gables Campus has introduced an updated parking policy for the 2018-19 school year. Enforcement is now extended to seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PayByPhone and additional pay stations are available across all campus parking lots and garages to facilitate visitor parking.
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