Four Hurricanes Earn All-ACC Honors
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Four University of Miami volleyball student-athletes earned All-ACC honors, the conference announced Monday afternoon.
Fifth-year senior Savannah Vach and freshman Grace Lopez were named to the All-ACC First Team, with Lopez also earning a spot on the All-Freshman team. Graduate student Janice Leao and sophomore Flormarie Heredia Colon claimed All-ACC Second Team honors.
Vach became the first five-time All-ACC honoree in program history on Monday with her selection to the All-ACC First Team. Vach leads the ACC in both assists per set (10.63) and total assists (1,127) and ranks 21st and 45th among Division I athletes, respectively. Vach surpassed the 5,000-assist mark in the regular season finale, becoming just the second player to do so in program history. She was also named ACC Setter of the Week four times this season (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2).
Miami has placed a player on the ACC All-Freshman Team in three consecutive seasons with Lopez’s All-Freshman selection on Monday. In her first season as a Hurricane, Lopez finished the regular season in first, third and fourth for kills per set (3.93), points per set (4.43) and total kills (362), respectively. She was named ACC Freshman of the Week on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, as well as earning ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 6.
Leao earned her third career All-ACC honor after tallying 79 blocks, even after missing 11 games this season. The New Bedford, Mass., native led the Hurricanes in both total blocks and blocks per set (1.27) this season. Additionally, Leao averaged a .398 hitting percentage and earned ACC Defensive Player after notching five blocks, including one solo, while also claiming seven kills in 12 attempts for a .500 percentage for the Canes’ sweep over No. 9 Georgia Tech.
Heredia Colon claimed her second straight All-ACC honor by inking her name on the Second Team, after being named to the All-Freshman team last year. She tallied the second most kills on the team (320), kills per set (3.27), and total digs (189), while also serving the third most aces (23). She ranks 11th in kills per set among ACC players.
The Hurricanes earned their 12th NCAA Volleyball Championship bid on Sunday and will face the UNI Panthers at 5 p.m. CT in Madison, Wisc., in the first round of the championship.