Miami Volleyball Ranked No. 12

by Ashleigh Young

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami volleyball team was ranked No. 12 on Wednesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, its highest ranking since 2011.

After starting the 2020 season with a 3-1 overall record, Miami has now been ranked for the 16th time in program history.

Teams from the ACC, Big 12, SEC and the Sun Belt are eligible for the AVCA Fall Coaches Poll this season.

“I think it’s a mistake to obsess over polls and rankings, but the AVCA poll can be a decent measure of progress” associate head coach Kasey Crider said. “I don’t know if we’re the twelfth best team in the country or not – there’s probably evidence that supports us being both higher than 12 and lower. I don’t think anyone would disagree that the program is trending upwards and our place in the rankings reflect that. It won’t be a distraction, but it’s certainly appreciated.”

Miami ranks fourth in the NCAA in hitting percentage at .288, led by middle blocker Janice Leao who is also ranked fourth in the country in hitting percentage at .450. The sophomore has totaled 42 kills, four aces and a team-leading 18 blocks.

The Hurricanes lead the ACC in kills (237), assists (216), service aces (27), total blocks (39.0) and attacks (569). Miami travels to Clemson on Oct. 8 for a two-match road series to conclude its road matches for the season.