Sept. 22, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio--In its Mid-American Conference opener, Miami University's volleyball team was edged in five games by Ball State, 26-30, 30-17, 33-31, 17-30, 12-15. Miami drops to 4-10 on the season and 0-1 in MAC play, while Ball State improved to 3-9 overall and 1-0 in league action.
The first game was a back and forth battle. Miami used a 5-0 run, sparked by kills from junior middle hitter Carli Reihman, sophomore outside hitter Emily Schroeder and freshman middle hitter Hallie Hanks and a block by Hanks and Schroeder, to take a 23-19 lead. Ball State retaliated with its own 5-0 run, spurred by two kills by Christine Kennedy and a solo block by Brittany May, to capture a 24-23 edge. A Schroder kill knotted the game, 24-24, but the Cardinals took the lead for good off a May kill and went on to the 30-26 win in the first game. Defensively in the first game, Ball State libero Amanda McCormick tallied 11 digs, while Miami libero Melissa Zenz amassed eight digs.
Two powerful kills by junior outside hitter Jeanna Staun, a service ace by freshman setter Andrea Atteberry and a block by the Hanks/Schroeder duo catapulted Miami to a quick 6-0 lead. Miami used a late 8-0 run to put the set at game point and take its largest lead of the game, 29-13. Reihman and Staun spurred the RedHawks with two kills apiece during the surge. Ball State held the RedHawks off with back-to-back Kelly Cochran service aces and two Miami miscues to put the score at 29-17 in favor of the RedHawks. A BSU service error, however, gave Miami the second game, 30-17. Miami hit a solid .406 in the second game.
In the third game, Ball State took a quick 8-5 lead with help from a kill and a block by Kennedy. The RedHawks came back to knot the game, 11-11, off a Staun kill and the teams would go back and forth until Miami put together a 3-0 run with help from a Staun kill and a Schroeder solo block to claim a 26-23 lead. A Reihman kill put Miami at game point, 29-27, but kills by BSU's May and Kirby Gibson helped the Cardinals gain a 30-29 edge. Cochran knocked down a kill for Cardinals to put Ball State at game point, 31-30, but two Schroeder kills and a Ball State attack error gave Miami the third game, 33-31. Schroeder had eight kills in the set, while Reihman tallied six kills for the RedHawks. BSU's McCormick compiled 12 digs in the game.
Behind an early 8-0 run in the fourth game, Ball State surged to a 10-3 lead and never looked back. Stephanie Bacan sparked the Ball State run with consecutive service aces. Miami chiseled away at the Cardinal lead and climbed within four, 14-18, with help from two Staun kills, but would get no closer as the Cardinals collected the 30-17 game-four win.
Sparked by kills from Hanks and sophomore outside hitter Alex Ratcliff, Miami took a quick 4-1 lead in the fifth game. Ball State climbed within one point three times before, knotting the game, 10-10. Staun put down a kill for the RedHawks to put Miami up 11-10, but three Julie Breivogel kills handed Ball State its first lead of the game 13-11. A Bacan service ace iced the match for the Cardinals, 15-12.
For Miami, Staun collected a career-high 21 kills and tallied 11 digs, while Schroder amassed 20 kills and four blocks and Reihman tallied 16 kills and 11 digs. Atteberry amassed a match-high 61 assists and had 19 digs, while Zenz posted 22 digs.
Ball State was lead by Breivogel with 19 kills and May with 15 kills and six service aces. Kennedy added 10 kills and six blocks, while McCormick tallied a match-best 34 digs.
Miami continues its MAC-opening weekend, hosting Toledo on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.