And the tournament will be served with a historic touch.
Prior to this evening's contest against Wofford at the Knight Sports Complex, University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Athletic Director Paul Dee and head coach Nicole Lantagne will participate in a ceremonial 'first serve' during pregame ceremonies. Formers Hurricanes players from the 1972-1981 squads have been invited to attend the event. Following the match, a post-game reception will take place outside the Knight Sports Complex to enshrine volleyball memorabilla used in the match. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.
The Hurricanes, who open the tournament against Long Island this afternoon, did lost two of the matches at Davidson last week. But not everything was bad for the first-year team.
Miami picked up their first victory of the season in its second match of the tournament with a clean sweep of Coastal Carolina. It was Lantagne's first victory as head coach.
"It was extremly important to get this first win under our belts. I am proud of this group. It was a great effort," said Lantagne.
Junior outside hitter Marcela Gamarra, from Medillin, Columbia, was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the Hurricanes in the invitational with 48 total kills, 24 digs and a .308 attack percentage.
The Hurricanes freshmen quartet of Valeria Tipiana (26 tounament kills, 33 digs), Sandra Totten (24 kills, 32 digs), Elizabeth Tyson (29 kills, 40 digs) and Jaime Grass (6 kills, 129 assists and 46 digs) provided UM with the bulk of their offense and defense.
Wofford (5-0) arrives in Coral Gables undefeated and has dropped just one this season. Their start is the best in school history. In their last outing, Wofford swept UNC-Greenboro for their fifth straight win. Currie Gossett had a match-high 12 kills and five blocks. Senior Christy Carter added nine kills and seven digs, while Molly Bushong notched 31 assists.
The Hurricanes face UAB, Saturday (10 am) in their final match of the tournament. For more information on other volleyball home matches, contact 1-800-GO-CANES.
The Hurricanes soccer team hits the road for the first of a three-game stretch against Central Florida at the UCF Soccer Arena, Friday night (8 pm).
Miami will then travel to Gainsville to meet the No. 17 Florida Gators (Sunday, 1 pm). The road-trip will conclude with a match against FSU in Tallahassee (Wednesday, 7:30 pm).
UM enters the contest 3-0 after victories over FAU, Loyola and George Mason. Junior midfielder Laura West lead the Hurricanes with seven points, including three goals and one assist. Goalkeeper Rachel Elsby has three wins and 10 saves on the young season.
The all-time series between UM and UCF is tied 1-1. The Hurricanes took the last meeting in 1999, 4-0.
UM volleyball team host historic event
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