ATHENS, Ohio - As the Miami University volleyball team looks to build on its three-match winning streak and attempt to move into the top eight of the Mid-American Conference standings, the RedHawks will hit the road for a pair of rematches against MAC East Division teams. On Friday, Miami heads to Athens to take on Ohio at 7 p.m. The 'Hawks will then move on to Kent State on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match.
GETTING CLOSER: The three-match winning streak has left Miami in a tie for ninth place at 3-7. Eastern Michigan and Ball State currently are tied for seventh at 4-6 and if the MAC Tournament began today would take the final two spots in the eight-team event. The fact that the RedHawks have defeated both of those teams could be a factor down the road in the event of a tie as the main tiebreaker used is head-to-head record.
PILING UP AWARDS: Redshirt freshman Jenny Ingle was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week this past Monday. It was the second straight week a RedHawk had won the award, as sophomore Meg Riley took it home on Oct. 15. Junior Madison Hardy has been Miami's other MAC honoree, winning East Division Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 27 and Sept. 11.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks return to Millett Hall for another pair of rematches against MAC East teams next week. On Friday, Nov. 2, Miami takes on Akron at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the RedHawks welcome Buffalo for a 5 p.m. match. Both games will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access.
ABOUT OHIO: The Bobcats are 14-8 overall and 9-1 in the MAC. After dropping their opening conference match against Bowling Green, they have won nine straight. Last weekend Ohio defeated Northern Illinois, 3-1, on Friday, and followed it up with a straight-set victory over Western Michigan on Saturday. Offensively, the Bobcats are led by sophomore outside hitter Kelly Lamberti. She has 289 kills, an average of 3.89 per set. Another key player is sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Bilger. She has 234 kills, an average of 3.12 per set. Defensively, Ohio is led by freshman libero Meredith Ashy. She has 352 kills, an average of 4.69 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BOBCATS: Miami holds a 44-28 lead in the all-time series with Ohio. The Bobcats have won the last six matches in a row, however. The two teams met earlier this season on Sept. 22 in Oxford. Ohio earned a 3-0 victory in that match. Madison Hardy led the RedHawks with 20 digs.
ABOUT KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes are 6-16 overall and 3-7 in the MAC. Kent State split its two matches last weekend. On Friday, it fell to Western Michigan, 1-3. The next night the Golden Flashes broke a four-match losing streak with a 3-1 win over Northern Illinois. Kent State is led offensively by sophomore outside hitter Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola. She has 236 kills, an average of 3.11 per set. Defensively it is led by junior Hannah Herc. She has 310 digs, an average of 4.10 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Miami holds a 53-15 lead in the all-time series with Kent State. Earlier this season, the Golden Flashes came away with a dramatic, five-set win on Sept. 21 in Oxford. The RedHawks took a 2-1 lead, only to see Kent State take the final two sets to earn a victory. Meg Riley nearly had a triple-double in the match, finishing with 21 kills, 21 assists and eight digs. Madison Dodd also had a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.