Sept. 2, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Fresh off a very competitive showing against the four-time defending national champion Penn State, the Miami University volleyball team got back on the winning track with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20) victory over New Hampshire Friday evening at the University of Pittsburgh Invitational. The RedHawks improve to 5-1 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 0-6. Lisa Treadway and Amy Raseman led the way with 11 kills apiece, while freshman setter Meg Riley recorded her first career double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs.
New Hampshire opened a 4-1 lead to begin the first set. Two kills from Raseman helped the RedHawks capture the next four points and take the lead for their own. The teams traded the lead four more times until it was tied at 18. The Wildcats took three of the next four points to take a 21-19 lead, but a kill from Treadway and a service ace by Amy Kendall retied the score at 21. From there, New Hampshire would score four consecutive points and take the first set, 25-21.
The Wildcats once again jumped in front in set two, taking an early 5-2 advantage. Back-to-back blocks by Cassie Farrell helped the RedHawks tie the score at five. With the score tied at eight, New Hampshire went on an 8-4 run to take its biggest lead of the set at 16-12. Trailing 14-18, Miami would score the next six points to retake control. During that run, Jenn Caylor recorded a kill, while Treadway had a service ace. The Wildcats did not give up, going on a 5-3 run to tie the score at 23. However, Raseman would not led the RedHawks lose this set, as she put down two consecutive kills off of Riley assists to give Miami the 25-23 victory at tie the match at one set apiece.
Tied at five in set three, two consecutive errors by New Hampshire would give Miami a lead it would not relinquish. After the Wildcats scored a point, a kill from Chelsea Visk, along with a block by Farrell and Raseman would spark a 9-5 run that put the RedHawks in front, 15-10. New Hampshire would pull within two at 15-17, but a kill from Raseman, a solo block by Riley and two consecutive kills by Farrell put the end to any further threat. With the score 23-18, Miami earned the victory after a Caylor kill and a Wildcat attack error.
The RedHawks blocking game helped them take control of set four. Visk was in on three different blocks as Miami raced to a 10-5 lead. Kills from Visk, Treadway and Caylor helped increase that advantage to 17-9. New Hampshire had one last run in it as a 6-1 stretch pulled it to within three at 15-18. With the score 21-17, two consecutive kills from Christina Menche would help put the game away. Caylor would score the match winning kill off of a Riley assist to earn the 25-20 win.
Visk finished the day with nine kills and five blocks (one solo four assisted). Madison Hardy led the defense with 18 digs, while Caylor just missed a double-double, recording nine kills and 10 digs. Miami hit .220 for the match, while holding New Hampshire to a .150 hitting percentage.
The RedHawks complete play at the University of Pittsburgh Invitational Saturday when they take on the host Pitt Panthers at noon.