OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team suffered a tough, 0-3 (20-25, 16-25, 22-25), defeat at the hands of Buffalo Saturday night. The RedHawks fall to 9-18 overall and 4-10 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls improve to 9-17 overall and 3-11 in the MAC.
Miami was led offensively by sophomore outside hitter Meg Riley. She recorded her 18th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 assists. She also contributed six digs and four blocks (one solo, three assisted) while hitting .308.
Set one was a back-and-forth battle that featured nine lead changes. Two kills from Christina Menche, along with three from Riley helped Miami to a 12-11 lead. The Bulls would take the advantage back, but a block from Menche and Chelsea Visk put the 'Hawks in front, 15-14. Tied at 16, a 4-2 run from Buffalo put it in front, 20-18. Riley answered with a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist to cut the deficit to one, but the Bulls responded with four straight points. Visk and Riley teamed up on a block to make it 20-24, but Buffalo scored next to earn a 25-20 win.
Riley and Visk had two early kills apiece, but the Bulls still jumped to a 10-8 lead to begin set two. Miami would cut the deficit to one at 11-12, but a 6-1 run from Buffalo would give it control of the set at 18-12. Annie Reiswig tried to rally the Red and White with a kill, but they would be unable to get any closer than five points as they fell, 16-25.
Trailing 5-9 in set three, Miami began to make a run. Visk, Menche and Reiswig each had kills, while Riley put down a solo block as the RedHawks went on a 10-2 streak to take a 15-11 lead. Trailing 13-17, Buffalo answered with six straight points to go back in front, 19-17. A kill from Visk and a Bull attack error would retie it at 19, but Buffalo responded with a 4-2 run to make it 23-21. Miami scored the next point, but it would be unable to score again as the Bulls won the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0.
Menche finished with eight kills and a .261 hitting percentage. Kendall led Miami with 16 assists, while Madison Hardy had 14 digs.
Miami will host Bowling Green on Thursday at 7 p.m. That will be Senior Night with Kendall, Menche and Lisa Treadway being honored in a pre-match ceremony.