Sept. 7, 2004
CINCINNATI--In its first road contest of the season, Miami University's volleyball team fell in three games at the University of Cincinnati, 18-30, 28-30 and 24-30. The RedHawks move to 1-2 on the season, while Cincinnati improves to 4-0. The RedHawks were able to keep it close in the early goings of the first game, tying the set 5-5 off a kill by sophomore middle hitter Lauren Slusser (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove), but a 7-0 run by the Bearcats put Miami at a disadvantage it was unable to overcome as UC went on to post a 30-18 win. Miami was stymied by a .100 hitting percentage, while the Bearcats enjoyed a .500 hitting percentage for the game. Miami kept it close in the second game. A kill by senior Tara Buroker (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) and a service ace from junior setter Megan Clark (Solon, Ohio/Solon) handed Miami an 11-9 lead. Eventually, Cincinnati built a five-point advantage, 22-17, and led by a five-point margin late in the set, 26-21, but Miami chipped away at the Bearcat lead to knot the game, 27-27. Kills by freshman outside hitter Jeanna Staun (Loveland, Ohio/Ursuline Academy), freshman middle hitter Carli Reihman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) and senior outside hitter Angie Zent (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and a block by Reihman and Clark sparked the RedHawk surge. Eventually, Cincinnati's Julie DuPont iced the game with a kill to lift the Bearcats to the 30-28 Game Two win. Trailing by as many as five early in the third game, Miami regrouped to take a two-point lead, 12-10 off kills by Reihman and Staun and a few Bearcat miscues. The teams went back and forth from there with no squad leading by more than three points. A kill down the line by freshman middle hitter Kate Norris (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) and a Bearcat ball handling error gave Miami a 24-23 lead, but UC went on a 7-0 run to win the third game, 30-24. Staun led the RedHawks with nine kills and a .400 hitting percentage, while junior libero Suzy Wolford (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) led all players with 16 digs. Reihman added eight kills and a team-best two blocks, while Clark tallied two service aces and 30 assists. Buroker also notched eight kills for the RedHawks. Miami returns to action this weekend at the State Farm Illini Challenge Sept. 10-11. The RedHawks are scheduled to face No. 16 Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT).