OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team continues its road trip with a pair of matches against Mid-American Conference competition. On Thursday, the RedHawks travel to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. contest. Miami then moves on to Northern Illinois Saturday for an 8 p.m. (EDT) match.
REDHAWKS HAVE BEEN A TOUGH OUT: Despite the 2-8 conference record, the RedHawks have been a tough matchup for all MAC teams this year. Eight of their 10 matches have gone at least four sets, with only Kent State being able to defeat Miami in straight sets. The RedHawks have won a total of 15 sets in 10 MAC matches this season.
YOUTH HAS BEEN STARRING: In MAC play, 389 of Miami’s 502 kills (77.5 percent) have come from freshmen and sophomores. Sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig leads the way with 104 kills, while sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle has 95 kills. They lead all players on the ‘Hawks regardless of class. Freshmen Maris Below (88 kills) and Paige Hill (77 kills) rank fourth and fifth respectively on the team in kills during conference play.
INGLE HITTING PERCENTAGE UPDATE: Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle has a chance to break Miami’s all-time single-season hitting percentage record. She is currently hitting .367 in 22 matches this year. The current record is .358, set by Megan Griffin in 2008.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons are 11-11 overall and 7-3 in the MAC. Last weekend they beat Ball State on Friday before falling to Toledo on Saturday. Both matches were on the road and took four sets. Bowling Green is led by senior outside hitter Lindsey Butterfield. She has 268 kills, an average of 3.23 per set. Senior outside hitter Paige Penrod has also been an important part of the Falcon offense. She has 255 kills, an average of 3.11 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE FALCONS: Miami leads the all-time series with Bowling Green, 43-27. The Falcons have won the last three meetings between the two schools, including a dramatic five-set victory in Oxford earlier this season on Sept. 26. The RedHawks won the first two sets, before BGSU rebounded to take the next two. Miami was able to create three match points in set five, but each time Bowling Green fought it off. With the score tied at 16, the Falcons scored the next two points to win, 18-16, and take a 3-2 victory. Jenny Ingle led the RedHawks with 14 kills, while Paige Hill had 13 kills and nine blocks.
ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies are 13-11 overall and 5-5 in the MAC. Last weekend they dropped a 1-3 decision to Ohio on Friday before defeating Kent State in straight sets on Saturday. NIU is led by junior outside hitter Mackenzie Roddy. She has 321 kills, an average of 3.38 per set. Another key player is freshman middle hitter Jenna Radtke. She has 188 kills and leads the Huskies with 91 blocks (24 solo and 67 assisted).
THE SERIES AGAINST THE HUSKIES: Northern Illinois leads the all-time series with Miami, 18-17. The Huskies took the lead in the series with a 3-0 victory in Oxford last season on Oct. 6. Sarah Chaney led the RedHawks with 11 kills in that match.