Miami Hitters Overpower Virginia in Sweep

  0 Emma LeGault | October 23rd, 2016 | ACC, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Stats

The Miami Hurricanes (9-13, 3-7 ACC) cruised past the Virginia Cavaliers (4-18, 1-9 ACC) on Saturday in three sets to earn their third conference win of the season.

The first set two sets stayed close, with the teams tying at least six times before Miami edged Virginia out in each. Miami was up 9-4 in the third set when Virginia went on an 8-3 run to tie at 12 and then top Miami at 15-14, but Miami pulled away to clinch the set and match.

Miami out-hit Virginia — it tallied 48 kills on 94 attempts, a .394 average, to Virginia’s 36 kills on 104 attempts, a .163 average.

Olga Strantzali led the Hurricanes with 14 kills and nine digs. Anna Haak added 12 kills, seven digs, and one block. Hannah Sorenson led with 41 assists and four digs. Lucia Pampana and Sakile Simmons each had a solo block.

On the other side of the net, Haley Kole and Jasmine Burton had nine kills each for the Cavaliers, with Kole adding a team-high seven digs and Burton three blocks. Jennifer Wineholt notched 29 assists.

Miami will go on the road to face Notre Dame on Friday and Louisville on Sunday. Virginia will travel to Georgia Tech on Friday and Clemson on Saturday.

Press Releases

Courtesy of Miami Athletics:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Miami volleyball team closed out the weekend with a three-set sweep of Virginia to earn its third ACC win of the season.

The Hurricanes (9-13, 3-7 ACC) closed the first two sets against the Cavaliers (4-18, 1-9 ACC), 25-19, 26-24, to head into the intermission leading two sets to none.

The Hurricanes came out of the break, taking an early 10-5 lead in the third set. Miami would continue to build off that momentum to close out the third set, 25-18, securing the match victory.

Junior Olga Strantzali paced Miami with a team-high 14 kills and nine digs during the match, while Anna Haak finished with 12 kills, seven digs and a block.

Lucia Pampana had five kills, three blocks and two digs. Fellow middle blocker Sakile Simmons recorded eight kills, five blocks and an assist.

Kolby Bird tallied seven kills, five blocks and two digs.

Hannah Sorensen dished out 41 assists, adding four digs and two kills, while Sylvia Hernandez had eight digs and a service ace. Freshman Sara Duque had four digs.

Following this week’s matches, the Canes will continue their road swing with a trip to Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. match on Oct. 28. Miami will also play at Louisville at 2 p.m., on Oct. 30.

All Hurricanes volleyball home matches are played at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus. Admission is free. For a complete look at the Hurricanes’ 2016 schedule, click here.

For all the latest information on Miami Hurricanes volleyball, follow the official Twitter feed, @CanesVB, or “Like Us” on Facebook at The program is also on Instagram.

Courtesy of Virginia Athletics:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-18) to Miami on Saturday night in Memorial Gymnasium.

“For how well we played and how hard we fought last night, it wasn’t there for us tonight,” head coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. “We were not very good tonight. We were hoping that Miami would go away instead of making plays to beat them. We have to be the aggressors instead of being casual in these games.”

Virginia (4-18, 1-9, ACC) was out-hit .394-.163 by Miami (9-16, 3-8 ACC). The Hurricanes also led in kills (48-36), digs (37-26) and blocks (8-4). Both teams finished with three service aces.

Seniors Jasmine Burton (West Hills, Calif.) and Haley Kole (Tallahassee, Fla.) led UVA for the second-straight night with nine kills each. Burton was solid all-around, hitting .412 for the match and adding a team-high three blocks. Kole led the Cavaliers with seven digs for the match. Olga Strantzali led Miami with 14 kills.

Redshirt freshman Kat Young (Chantilly, Va.) added seven kills with two blocks, sophomore Harley Sebastian (Atlanta, Ga.) finished with six kills and freshman Kiley Banker (West Lafayette, Ind.) had five kills with two blocks and two aces.

After Virginia fell behind 6-2 early in the first set, the Cavaliers scored five of the next six points to tie the match at seven a piece. Miami responded with a 3-0 run before Virginia used a 4-1 stretch to tie the match at 11. The set stayed close until Miami used a 5-2 run to take a 21-16 lead. Virginia attempted to mount a comeback, scoring two of the next three points with kills by Young and Sebastian, before Miami scored three of the final four points to win the set 25-19.

Virginia scored the first point of the second set on a kill by Kole and the set stayed close early with four tie scores. The teams traded points with neither team leading by more than one point until Virginia went up 9-6. Virginia’s momentum continued as the Cavaliers used a 4-1 run to go up 11-7. Virginia was in control 20-16 when Miami crept back in to tie the set at 22. The teams saw two more ties before the Hurricanes were able to score two-straight to win 26-24.

In the third set, UVA called timeout down 9-4. The Cavaliers fought back with an 8-3 run to tie the set at 12, and eventually took a 15-14 advantage but Miami hit back with a 5-0 run to lead 19-15. Virginia was unable to cut into the lead as the Hurricanes secured the match with a 25-18 win.

“There are still 10 games left so there is a lot of the season left,” Hohenshelt said. “We have a choice to roll over or play harder and practice harder. We have to be in attack mode right now.”

Virginia is on the road next weekend as it travels to take on Georgia Tech on Friday, Oct. 28 and Clemson on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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