Sept. 25, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami opened up Mid-American Conference play Thursday, with a 3-1 win over Bowling Green. The RedHawks improve to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in the MAC. The Falcons fall to 10-5 overall and 0-1 in the MAC. At the conclusion of the match, senior libero Melissa Zenz was honored by Athletic Director Brad Bates for becoming the 11th RedHawk to pass the 1,000 dig mark earlier in the season.
After falling behind 0-3 in the first set, the RedHawks went on a 5-2 run to tie the score, that included kills from Michele Metzler and Emily Schroeder. The teams traded points during the middle portion of the set as neither team could build a lead of more than two points. With the score tied at 18, Bowling Green scored three consecutive points to take a 21-18 lead. The Falcons maintained the three-point lead until it was set point at 24-21. Miami did not give in, as kills from Hallie Hanks and Maria Leahy as well as an attack error by Bowling Green tied the score at 24. With the set tied at 25, the Falcons recorded a kill and forced Miami into an attack error to take set one, 27-25.
Set two continued the competitive play as the teams found themselves tied at 10 early on. From there, Miami went on a 5-2 run that featured kills from Schroeder and Hanks. The RedHawks held their lead to between one and three points until Bowling Green was able to tie it at 21. Andrea Atteberry broke the tie with a kill in front of the net, and Miami took a 23-21 lead off a Falcon attack error. Leahy then scored two final kills as the RedHawks took set two, 25-23.
With Megan Griffin serving to begin set three, Miami jumped to a 4-0 lead as Metzler and Schroeder both scored kills. Bowling Green went on a 14-7 run to go up 14-11. Schroeder scored two kills and Metzler added another to tie the score at 15. With the score tied at 20, Schroeder and Metzler teamed up yet again for back-to -back kills to give the RedHawks a two-point lead. The teams traded points until Miami went up 24-22 on a Metzler kill. After Bowling Green fought off one set point, Hanks scored the winning kill as Miami went up two sets to one, 25-23.
The RedHawks took a 13-5 lead in the fourth set. During that stretch, Griffin scored three kills, while Atteberry added six assists ,and a kill of her own. Miami was able to stretch the lead to as much as nine at 18-9, before a Bowling Green rally cut the score down to 20-23. From there, Schroeder put down a kill to make it 24-20, and after a service error, Griffin scored the match winning kill, as Miami won set four, 25-21.
Schroeder led the team with 16 kills and 22 digs. Metzler was right behind her with 15 kills. Atteberry had a solid game setting with 54 assists, while Zenz recorded 18 digs.
Miami travels to Kalamazoo, Mich. Saturday to face Western Michigan. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.