Canes Close Out 2019 Season with 3-0 Loss to GT
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the last time in the 2019 season, the University of Miami volleyball team played in the Knight Sports Complex, but fell to Georgia Tech, 3-0, on Friday night.
In a back-and-forth match, Miami (10-16, 6-12 ACC) registered 35 kills led by freshman Janice Leao’s 10. Both Kennedy Prince and Madison Dill each tallied nine, but Georgia Tech’s (21-8, 14-4 ACC) offense registered 42 with two players tallying 10 each.
In her first assist of the match, freshman Savannah Vach tallied her 1,000th assist of the season, finishing the match with 28. In just 26 matches, Vach now holds the sixth most assists in program history and the 13th most assists in a single season. Vach surpassed senior Hannah Sorensen in career assists on Friday, now holding 1,027.
Freshman Kennedy Prince led the way with four of Miami’s 12 kills in the first set. The Canes held the ACC’s top hitting team to a match-low .200 and 15 kills, but four aces and 19 digs gave the Yellow Jackets the 1-0 advantage and a 25-21 set win.
Both teams registered 11 kills and three team blocks in the second, but Mariana Brambilia’s five kills and .364 hitting percentage led Georgia Tech to the 2-0 lead, taking set two, 25-19.
In the final set, Dill and Leao registered four kills helping Miami total 12 and a match-high .258 hitting percentage. Miami recorded two team blocks in the final set of the season, but the ACC’s second place team finished with 16 kills and three aces, including the match point, to take the set 25-18.
Junior Janet Kalaniuvalu ended her first season with the Canes with a team-leading 312 kills and 32 aces. Her 312 kills sit at No. 30 in a single season in Miami history, while her aces are tied for 21st. Prince finished with 303 kills, the second-most kills as a freshman since All-American Lane Carico registered 369 in 2008.
Leao’s team high 84 total blocks ranks 32nd in UM single season history and freshman Amanda Falck finished the season with a team high 313 digs, ranking 27th in single season history.