Miami Stays at No. 11 After Fall Season

by Ashleigh Young

CORAL GABLES, Fla. –  Miami volleyball ranks as the No. 11 team in the NCAA for the second week in a row. 

 The Hurricanes concluded the 2020 fall season tying their highest ranking in program history after posting  a 5-3 overall record.  

Wednesday’s ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) was the 18th time in program history the Canes have been ranked, including the third this season. Teams from the ACC, Big 12, SEC and Sun Belt are eligible for the AVCA Fall Coaches Poll this year .  

Miami is one of just two teams in the ACC to complete the fall 2020 slate, along with Syracuse.  

After eight matches, Miami ranks third in hitting percentage in the conference at .269, fourth in assists with 12.82 assists per set and first in opponent blocks, allowing only 1.52 per set.  

Sophomore setter Savannah Vach finished the year with 381 assists and leads the conference with 11.55 assists per set, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. Redshirt senior Elizaveta Lukianova led the Canes with 149 kills and ranks second in the conference with 4.52 kills per set. She boasts an NCAA-leading 30 kills in a single match.  

Junior libero Priscilla Hernandez ended the season on a hot streak in serving, pacing the conference and the Canes with 16 aces.  

Miami swept Florida State, 3-0, in its final match of the season on Oct. 16.