After sweeping the first two matches of the FIU Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Miami went on to record its third sweep of the season in as many matches, winning by scores of 25-8, 25-17 and 25-11.
Miami got off to a strong start on Saturday, taking a 19-8 advantage in the first set. FIU (0-2) had no answer for Miami, with UM taking six of the final eight points to win the first set by 15 points.
“We received serves at an elite level and were able to keep our attack errors down. All in all, I’m really pleased,” Miami head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara said.
In its final two-game set of the season, Miami returned to the Knights Sports Complex to finish their 2020-2021 campaign where it all started.
After four consecutive matches away from the Knight Sports Complex, Miami volleyball returned to Coral Gables with a 10-6 overall record to close out its last two matches of the season.
After splitting last weekend’s matches with a win over North Carolina State and a loss to Notre Dame, Miami’s rout over Virginia propelled them to an 8-4 overall record for the split season.
With a 3-0 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in the season finale on Friday, Miami volleyball (5-3, 5-3 ACC) concluded what has easily been the program’s best overall season in recent memory.
The Canes lost the first match of the series in five sets, but rebounded and swept the Tigers in the series finale, winning each set by no less than six points.
The Hurricanes won both matches in four sets and have now improved to a 3-1 overall record for the season.
Miami was the underdog in the first match and narrowly escaped with a fifth-set victory to upset Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets’ experience and roster depth was able to overcome an early Miami lead in the second match and hand the Hurricanes their first loss of 2020.
With a full but unstable offseason now in the rearview mirror, UM will take the 2020 season one game at a time throughout the pandemic-shortened fall.
"A lot of teams were more mature than us this year and that’s been tough.”