Nov. 4, 2004
ABOUT THE TEAMS:
BUFFALO: The Bulls are looking for their first conference win of the season and have lost 13 straight heading into Friday's match. Nikki Morzenti leads the team, averaging 2.91 kills per game. At the net, Katie Weekly paces Buffalo, averaging 1.34 blocks per game, including 1.40 blocks per game in Mid-American Conference action. Also defensively, Lizaiha Garcia averages a team-best 3.87 digs per game.
THE SERIES WITH THE BULLS: Miami is 9-1 when facing Buffalo, including a 5-0 record when facing the Bulls in Buffalo. Last season, Miami dropped a five-game decision to Buffalo in Millett Hall. Miami's last win in the series also was its last win at Buffalo, which came in four games on Nov. 23, 2002.
AKRON: The Zips are on a two-match slide headind into Saturday's contest and have lost four of their last five matches. Akron lost at Toledo in four games last Saturday and fell at Marshall in four games on Tuesday. Lori Snyder ranks second in the league, averaging an impressive 5.60 digs per game. Three Zips average 3.00 kills or more led by Emily Kocinski's 3.81 kills per game and followed by Jennifer Stewart and Molly Rutledge, who average 3.64 and 3.33 kills per game, respectively. Rutledge also leads the team with 1.09 blocks per game, and Magen Wood follows with 1.07. Rachael Rush posts a team-best 12.43 assists per game.
THE SERIES WITH THE ZIPS: Miami has won 20 of the 31 meetings with Akron since the series began in 1977. Last season, each team won on its home floor. Miami's overall lead in the series was sparked by the Red and White winning the first nine and 16 of the first 18 meetings. Since then, however, Akron has won nine of the last 13 dating back to 1998. Miami is 4-7 when playing in Akron with its last win there on Nov. 8, 1997, in three games. Earlier this season, Akron captured a four-game win in Oxford.
NUMBER SWITCH: Freshman libero Sydney Antonio will wear #15 for the remainder of the season.
BLOCK PARTY: Over the weekend of Oct. 29-30, the RedHawks had a superb weekend at the net, outblocking its opponents by a 3.92-1.67 bpg margin. Key forces in that effort were sophomore middle hitter Lauren Slusser (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove) and freshman middle hitter Carli Reihman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy), who averaged 2.0 and 1.67 bpg, respectively. Miami had five players averaged 1.00 bpg or more over the weekend.
CARLI CLOSING IN: Freshman middle hitter Carli Reihman is just 22 block assists from cracking Miami's single-season chart and has knocked down 30 block assists (32 blocks for 1.60 bpg average) over Miami's past five matches. Reihman currently owns 82 block assists.
BACK-TO-BACK: For the first time this season, Miami strung together back-to-back wins--both coming in five games--as the RedHawks battled back to down Kent State and held on to defeat Marshall, Oct. 20 and 23, respectively. Miami's win over Kent State was its first road win of the season.
FRESHMEN SHOWCASE: Miami's freshmen provided pivotal performances in the RedHawks' wins over Kent State and Marshall, and their numbers reflect their efforts. Outside hitter Jeanna Staun (Loveland, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) tallied kill/dig double-doubles in both matches, posting a season-high 18 kills and two solo blocks against Kent State and 18 digs versus Marshall. Middle hitter Carli Reihman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) recorded a season-best 12 blocks against the Thundering Herd, notching 11 block assists--just three shy of Miami's single-match record. Reihman was just one dig from posting a triple-double. Libero Sydney Antonio (Holland, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) recorded a season-best 18 digs and four service aces against KSU, while middle hitter Kate Norris (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) knocked down a season-high 14 kills versus Marshall.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: In Miami's back-to-back wins against Kent State and Marshall, the RedHawks had five players in double figures for kills. Senior outside hitters Angie Zent (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and Tara Buroker (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton), freshman outside hitter Jeanna Staun and freshman middle hitter Carli Reihman were in double figures for kills in both matches, while sophomore middle hitter Lauren Slusser and redshirt freshman middle hitter Kate Norris were in double figures for kills against KSU and Marshall, respectively.
BUROKER DIGGIN' IT: Against Eastern Michigan on Oct. 16, senior outside hitter Tara Buroker produced Miami's first 20-plus dig performance of the season, collecting 25 digs against the Eagles. Buroker averaged 6.25 digs per game against EMU and added 4.5 kills per game. The 25 digs were a season-high for her.
BUROKER'S MILLENNIUM WEEKEND: Senior outside hitter Tara Buroker achieved two milestones the weekend of Oct. 8-10. Needing just 11 digs entering Miami's Oct. 8 match versus Akron, Buroker tallied 14 digs to eclipse the 1,000 career dig plateau. Entering Miami's Oct. 10 match against Kent State, Buroker needed just four kills to reach 1,000, and did that in the first game against the Golden Flashes, including the game-winning kill. She was named MAC Female Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Week for her efforts. Buroker is just the sixth player in Miami history to record 1,000 career kills and digs. Buroker ranks sixth in all-time digs at Miami and needs 29 kills to crack Miami's top-10 list. She would become one of only four players to have her name on both top-10 lists.
MAC NUGGETS: Five RedHawks rank among Mid-American Conference statistical leaders (as of 11/1):
Carli Reihman Hitting percentage (2nd, .344; MAC 1st, .388) Blocks (11th, 1.10; MAC 8th, 1.24) Service Aces (10th, 1.18; MAC 15th, 0.30) Jeanna Staun Service Aces (13th, 0.32) Kate Norris Hitting Percentage (MAC 15th, .266) Tara Buroker Digs (MAC 15th, 3.30) Megan Clark Assists (13th, 7.65; MAC 12th, 6.69)
THREE-GAME WIN: For just the second time this season and the first time in MAC action since Sept. 26, 2003, Miami put together a three-game win, downing Central Michigan on Oct. 30. Miami has won three of its last four matches and is making a push to host a MAC Tournament first-round game on Nov. 16. The RedHawks are third in the East Division and sixth overall entering the weekend.
CONDIT EARNS 200TH MAC WIN: With a thrilling five-game win at Kent State on Oct. 20, Miami head coach Carolyn Condit attained her 200th league triumph. On Sept. 14 in a sweep over Dayton, Condit achieved her 375th win at Miami. She followed it with another milestone on Oct. 1 by achieving her 475th overall career victory with a 3-2 win over Bowling Green.
WATTS UP WITH THE LINEUP?: When the starting lineup was announced against Kent State on Oct. 10 and a new face was introduced at setter, it didn't take much time for freshman setter Caitlin Watts (Columbus, Ind./Columbus East) to demonstrate the Miami offense was in good hands. Having only played in five matches (11 games) prior to the Kent State match, Watts stepped up to the challenge, posting 47 assists and three kills. Additionally, Watts served up five aces--the most by a RedHawk this season.
REIHMAN ON TARGET: Freshman middle hitter Carli Reihman has proven to be one of Miami's most accurate hitters this season. Reihman ranks first among MAC statistical leaders in hitting percentage in league contests with a .388 percentage. She leads the RedHawks in all matches with a .344 hitting percentage, which ranks second in the MAC. Reihman has hit above .300 in 15 matches this season, including seven matches above .400. She hit a scorching .680 against Bowling Green on Oct. 1, connecting on 17-of-25 attempts with no hitting errors.
ZENT ON THE OFFENSIVE: For the second time in her career, senior outside hitter Angie Zent crushed 20 kills in a match, leading all RedHawks in a four-game win over Kent State on Oct. 10. Zent hit a stellar .474 for the match, also leading the RedHawks in hitting percentage. As a sophomore, Zent collected a career-high 22 kills against Ball State. Her 20 kills against the Golden Flashes marks the second time this season a RedHawk has posted 20 or more kills. Senior outside hitter Tara Buroker notched 21 kills versus American earlier this season.
FRESHMAN TRI-FECTA: In all three early season tournaments a different Miami freshman was named to the all-tournament team. Middle hitter Carli Reihman started things off at the Miami "Hurricane Frances" Classic, outside hitter Jeanna Staun followed at the State Farm Illini Classic, and redshirt freshman middle hitter Kate Norris completed the freshman tri-fecta, earning Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic All-Tournament Team honors.
NORRIS EARNS MIAMI CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS: Redshirt freshman Kate Norris averaged 1.45 blocks per game, 2.55 kills per game en route to earning Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic All-Tournament Team honors. This was the first all-tournament team accolade for Norris.
STAUN NAMED TO ILLINI CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: For the second consecutive weekend, a Miami freshman was named to an all-tournament team. Freshman outside hitter Jeanna Staun earned State Farm Illini Classic All-Tournament Team plaudits after averaging 3.43 kills per game and posting a .438 hitting percentage in Miami's two-match tournament stint. Staun was the lone Miami representative on the Illini Classic All-Tournament Team.
SLUSSER AND REIHMAN NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Sophomore middle hitter Lauren Slusser (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove) and freshman middle hitter Carli Reihman were named to the Miami University "Hurricane Frances" Classic All-Tournament Team. It was the first all-tournament team honor for each.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: In her third year as team captain, senior outside hitter Tara Buroker becomes the first player on record in program history to be a three-year captain. Joining Buroker as co-captain for the 2004 season is senior outside hitter Angie Zent. Junior setter Megan Clark (Solon, Ohio/Solon) and junior libero/setter Suzy Wolford (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) will serve as assistant captains.