Sept. 2, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio--Topping Belmont in three games in Saturday's second match of the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic, 30-27, 30-26, 30-28, Miami University's volleyball team ended a three-match losing streak to improve to 2-3 on the season. The loss was Belmont's first of the season, dropping the Bruins to 4-1.
The teams went back and forth in the first game until Miami went on a 5-0 run--aided by a sophomore outside hitter Emily Schroeder kill, a service ace by freshman setter Andrea Atteberry and three Belmont attack errors--to claim an 18-13 lead. Belmont came back to knot the game 23-23, 24-24 and 25-25, before kills by Schroeder and junior outside hitter Jeanna Staun put the RedHawks up for good, 27-25. A kill by junior middle hitter Carli Reihman iced the game for the RedHawks, 30-27.
In the second game, Miami inched out to a 12-8 lead. The Bruins closed within one off a Cat Mundy kill, 15-16, but the RedHawks used an 8-2 surge with help from two kills and a solo block by Schroeder to post a 23-17 advantage. A Schroeder service ace extended the Miami lead to seven points, 25-18. Belmont would close within one, 26-27, off a Miami ball handling error, but a kill by Reihman and consecutive Bruin attack errors handed the second game to the RedHawks, 30-26.
The teams were tied 11 times throughout the third game, the last coming at 26-26. A Belmont service error and back-to-back Reihman service aces catapulted the RedHawks to match point, 29-26. A RedHawk service error and attack error put the Bruins within one, 28-29, but a Belmont attack error handed the third game to Miami, 30-28.
For Miami, Staun tallied 10 kills, while Reihman notched nine kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Atteberry recorded 33 assists and 11 digs, while sophomore libero Melissa Zenz posted a match-high 17 digs.
Belmont was led by Mundy with a match-best 15 kills.
The RedHawks round out the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic battling Boston College at 7 p.m.