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Canes Volleyball Getting Preseason Honors

Janice Leao and Savannah Vach celebrate with each other after winning a point – Courtesy University of Miami Athletics

It isn’t just Miami Hurricanes football players making preseason awards lists, the volleyball team is making noise as well. With the start of the season just days away, a couple of Canes received honors as Janice Leao and Savannah Vach both saw their names on the All-ACC Preseason Team. As for the team as a whole, after finishing tied for 2nd in the ACC last season and making it into the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, the Canes are predicted to finish 4th in the ACC in 2022. They finished the 2021 season with the #25 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

Leao, out of New Bedford, Mass, finished #11 nationally with 1.36 blocks per set last season and led the team in blocks 18 times last season. Vach, a native of Winter Springs, FL, tallied 10.98 assists per game as she continues her march towards the top of the Canes career assists list. Presently she is second all-time with 2,879 total assists. The Canes will open their season This weekend as they attend the Hofstra Invitational in New York where they will face Bryant and Hofstra on Friday and Niagara on Saturday.

2022 ACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  1. Louisville, 191 points (10 first place votes)
  2. Pittsburgh, 185 points (5 first place votes)
  3. Georgia Tech, 173 points
  4. Miami, 150 points
  5. Florida State, 145 points
  6. North Carolina, 134 points
  7. NC State, 116 points
  8. Duke, 105 points
  9. Notre Dame, 87 points
  10. Clemson, 72 points
  11. Wake Forest, 63 points
  12. Virginia Tech, 48 points
  13. Boston College, 39 points
  14. Virginia, 36 points
  15. Syracuse, 31 points

2022 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-ACC Team

Emma Clothier, Florida State, Sr., MB

Julia Bergman, Georgia Tech, Sr., OH

Biana Bertolino, Georgia Tech, So., OH

Erin Moss, Georgia Tech, Sr., MB

Claire Chaussee, Louisville, Gr., OH

Anna DeBeer, Louisville, Jr., OH

Aiko Jones, Louisville, Sr., OPP

Elena Scott, Louisville, So., L/DS

Amaya Tillman, Louisville, Sr., MB

Janice Leao, Miami, Sr., MB

Savannah Vach, Miami, Sr., S

Kaya Merkler, North Carolina, Jr., MH

Charley Niego, North Carolina, Gr., OH

Mabrey Shaffmaster, North Carolina, So., OH

Courtney Buzzerio, Pittsburgh, Gr., RS

Rachel Fairbanks, Pittsburgh, So., S

Serena Gray, Pittsburgh, Gr., MB

Polina Shemanova, Syracuse, Gr., OH

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