BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Miami University volleyball team held some leads and made some great comebacks after falling behind, but the RedHawks could not quite get over the hump as they fell to Buffalo, 0-3 (25-27, 23-25, 23-25), Friday evening. Miami is now 5-11 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls improve to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in the MAC.
Kills from Christina Menche and Madison Dodd helped the RedHawks to an early 7-4 advantage in set one. The Bulls would quickly tie the score at seven, but a 7-3 run put Miami right back in front, 14-10. The 'Hawks maintained that advantage throughout the middle part of the set, with Meg Riley recording a kill and Menche and Sarah Chaney teaming up for a block. A Lisa Treadway kill would give the Red and White a 19-15 lead and force a Buffalo timeout. Out of the break, the Bulls would score four straight points to tie the score at 19. Treadway ended the run with a kill off of Riley's assist, but UB tied the score right back up. The teams traded points until the score was 23-all. Buffalo got the next point, but Miami fought off set point with a kill from Riley off of Amy Kendall's assist. A Bull attack would then give the RedHawks set point at 25-24, but Buffalo responded with the next three points to take a 27-25 win.
While Riley put down a couple of kills early, the momentum of the previous set allowed the Bulls to take an early set two lead. The advantage would eventually swell to six points at 17-11 before Miami would make its run. The RedHawks would score nine of the next 10 points to go in front, 20-18. During the streak Miami recorded four blocks, with Chelsea Visk assisting on each of them. She teamed up twice with Chaney and twice with Riley. A solo block from Treadway would put the Red and White up, 22-20. Similar to the first frame, Buffalo would get hot at the right time, closing the second set on a 4-1 run to earn a 25-23 victory.
Tied at nine in set three, the Bulls went on an 8-4 run to take a 17-13 lead. Once again Miami would make a comeback. Kills from Visk and Treadway helped the RedHawks pull within two at 18-20. Buffalo scored the next two points to go up four, but kills from Visk and Menche, followed by two straight kills from Riley tied the score at 22. The Bulls score the next point, but Dodd answered right back to make it 23-all. That would be the final tie though, as Buffalo recorded back-to-back kills take another it third straight two-point victory at 25-23.
Riley finished with a double-double, recording 11 assists to go along with a team-leading 12 kills. She also had seven digs and assisted on four blocks. She hit .346 for the match. Kendall also had a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs. Miami had 12 blocks as a team on Friday.
The RedHawks will look to get a win Saturday when they head to Akron from a 5 p.m. match.