GAINESVILLE, Fla. - No. 23 Miami volleyball dropped its opening-round NCAA Tournament match in five sets to College of Charleston Friday at the O'Connell Center. The contest was played on the campus of the University of Florida.
The Cougars, champions of the Southern Conference, won by the scores of 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22 and 15-10. UM lost its first five-set match of the year, having won the previous four.
The Canes finish the season at 25-6 overall, reaching 25 wins for the third time in the last five seasons. It was the fourth-straight NCAA appearance for the program.
Junior outside hitter Taylor Hollins led the Canes with 17 kills to go with 12 digs to pick up her team-leading 18th double-double of the season. Sophomore outside hitter Savanah Leaf also had a double-double with 18 digs and 13 kills.
Playing in her final match as a Cane, senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman put up 54 assists to finish her career with 2,358, third-most in program history.
Leading the charge in the back row, junior libero Ryan Shaffer recorded 21 digs. Up front, junior right side Alex Johnson notched a career-high 10 blocks, while freshman middle blocker Awele Nwaeze set a personal best with seven kills on 15 attempts.
After dropping the opening set, the Hurricanes responded by winning the next two to go up 2-1 in the match heading into intermission. However, CofC won a hard-fought fourth set and put together late rally after the score was tied at seven in the fifth to seal the win.
The lost snapped Miami's streak of 14 consecutive wins on neutral courts, with the last defeat coming to FIU in 2009 in the NCAA Tournament at the O'Connell Center.
Darcy Dorton had a match-high 27 kills on 71 attempts to lead College of Charleston (27-7).For all the latest information on Miami Hurricanes volleyball, follow the official Twitter feed, @CanesVB, or "Like Us" on Facebook at facebook.com/MiamiHurricanes. In addition, the program is on Instagram (CanesVB).