Oct. 15, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio – It will be a battle of division leaders, as the East Division leading Miami University volleyball team faces West Division co-leader Central Michigan Friday in Mt. Pleasant. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rose Arena. The RedHawks will continue the road trip through the state of Michigan when they travel to Eastern Michigan Saturday for a 7 p.m. match against the Eagles.
1. THE DIVISION RACE: Miami continues to hold the top spot in the Mid-American Conference East Division at 5-1. However, Ohio and Bowling Green are hot on their heels at 4-2. With a few weeks until the RedHawks have rematches with those schools, Miami will be looking to extend its four-match winning streak and maintain that lead.
2. THE OTHER DIVISION LEADER ON TAP: It will be a battle of two division leaders when Miami travels to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. to face Central Michigan Friday. The Chippewas are tied for first at 5-1 with Western Michigan, but beat the Broncos in their only head-to-head meeting so far. The RedHawks dropped their match against Western Michigan 1-3 on Sept. 27 in Kalamazoo, their only loss in MAC play.
3. 3,000 ASSISTS THIS WEEKEND?: Andrea Atteberry could become the fifth RedHawk in school history to record 3,000 assists during her career this weekend. She currently has 2,961 assists, only 39 assists short of the mark. This season, she has averaged 36.9 assists per match, and with two matches scheduled for this weekend, a solid performance should allow her to reach the mark.
ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas are 11-6 overall and tied for first in the MAC West Division with a 5-1 record. They have won three consecutive games, including a 3-1 win over West Division favorite Western Michigan on Oct. 4. Last week, they defeated Eastern Michigan at home, 3-1, on Thursday, before traveling to Kent State and defeating the Golden Flashes, 3-1, on Saturday. Central is led by junior setter Stephanie Budde, who has 600 assists on the season, an average of 10.53 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE CHIPPEWAS: Miami leads the all-time series 27-21-1, and has won five-straight matches in the series. Last season, the RedHawks took a thrilling 3-2 victory in Oxford. With the fifth set tied at 14, Megan Griffin recorded a block to set up match point, which was then scored as Carli Reihman recorded the kill down the line. The teams met again in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals, where Miami earned a 3-0 (30-25, 30-28, 31-29) win.
ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN: Eastern Michigan is 8-13 overall this season and 2-4 in the MAC West Division. Last week the Eagles fell to Central Michigan 1-3 on Thursday, and then dropped a 2-3 decision to Ohio Saturday, losing 11-15 in the fifth set. Eastern Michigan is led by junior outside hitter Victoria Randolph. She leads the team with 235 kills, an average of 2.83 per set. She is also second on the team with 240 digs, an average of 2.89 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE EAGLES: The RedHawks have a 32-12 all-time series record against Eastern Michigan. Last season, Miami broke a two-match losing streak against the Eagles with a 3-1 victory in Oxford. After Eastern upset Western Michigan in the MAC Quarterfinals, it faced the RedHawks again in the MAC Semifinals. Miami recorded a 3-0 win on its way to the MAC Championship.