BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Miami University volleyball team hits the road for the first time in Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks head to Buffalo on Friday for a 7 p.m. match. They will then move on to Akron on Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest.
Triple-Double Greatness: Sophomore Meg Riley already has seven triple-doubles in Miami's first 15 games this season. She has achieved each of them using the categories of kills, assists and digs, including a match against Temple on Sept. 8 where she had 20 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 win. In these 15 games, Riley has already become the RedHawks' career leader in triple-doubles since rally scoring began in 2001. Jennifer Eaton (who was a junior in 2001 and senior in 2002) is second on the list with four.
ROAD TRIP MOMENTUM: While it is early in the MAC season, the RedHawks understand the importance of capturing some wins in order to not fall too far behind in the conference race. Miami can look to last season for inspiration as it was 3-9 heading into the Buffalo/Akron trip. The 'Hawks went on to win both games and closed league play on a four-game winning streak to qualify for the MAC Tournament.
UP NEXT: Miami continues the road trip next Thursday, Oct. 4 when it travels to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. match. The RedHawks will then return home to host Northern Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls are 6-8 overall and 0-2 in the MAC. They dropped both of their games to open conference play last week. On Thursday, Buffalo fell to Akron in straight sets on the road. It then traveled to Toledo on Saturday where the Rockets were victorious, 3-1. The Bulls are led offensively by sophomore outside hitter Liz Scott. She has 163 kills on the season, an average of 3.08 per set. Two players lead the way defensively for Buffalo. Junior Dana Musil has 185 digs, an average of 3.49 per set. While she has missed time due to injury, junior libero Kelly Svoboda is still second on the team with 116 digs, holding a team-leading average of 3.87 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BULLS: Miami holds a 22-4 lead in the all-time series with Buffalo. The RedHawks won both meetings between the schools last season. On Sept. 30, 2011 in Oxford, the Red and White came away with a hard-fought, 3-1, victory. Madison Hardy came up big defensively with 23 digs in that match. On Nov. 5, 2011 in Buffalo, Miami defeated the Bulls, 3-2, taking the fifth set by a score of 15-12. Amy Kendall and Madison Dodd each had double-doubles in that contest.
ABOUT AKRON: The Zips are 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the MAC. After defeating Buffalo in straight sets at home on Thursday, they traveled to Ball State on Saturday where they fell, 1-3. Akron has already doubled its win total from 2011, when it finished the year 4-25. The Zips are led offensively by redshirt senior Tina Dimitrijevs. She has 155 kills in 2012, an average of 3.10 per set. Their top defensive player is junior Jill Paluch. She has 221 digs, an average of 4.42 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE ZIPS: Miami holds a 34-12 lead in the all-time series with Akron. The RedHawks have won three straight matches against the Zips, including both meetings last season. On Oct. 1, 2011 in Oxford, Miami won in straight sets. Hardy had 16 digs in the victory. On Nov. 4, 2011 in Akron, the RedHawks took the first two sets before dropping the next two. In set five, they fell behind by a score of 7-10 before closing the match on an 8-3 run to earn a dramatic victory. Dodd led the way with 15 kills.