ATHENS, Ohio - It was a hard-fought battle with the current Mid-American Conference leader, but the Miami University volleyball dropped a 1-3 (21-25, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25) decision to Ohio Friday evening. The RedHawks' three-match win streak comes to an end as they fall to 8-16 overall and 3-8 in the MAC. The Bobcats improve to 15-8 overall and 10-1 in the MAC.
It didn't start out well for Miami as Ohio jumped to a 7-0 lead to begin set one. Back-to-back kills from Meg Riley got the RedHawks on the board, but the Bobcats eventually pushed the advantage to 10-2. Madison Hardy recorded a kill, while Riley got a service ace to start a 9-6 run that pulled the Red and White to within five at 11-16. Trailing 14-21, Riley teamed up with Kayleigh Cox and Jenny Ingle on two blocks, and put down a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist to help cut the deficit to three at 18-21 and force an Ohio timeout. Out of the break, Lisa Treadway and Cox teamed up on a block to make it a two-point score. Unfortunately that would be as close as Miami could get as the Bobcats would answer with a 4-2 run to earn a 25-21 win.
Tied at three in set two, two kills from Treadway and two service aces from Riley were part of a 5-2 run that gave the RedHawks an 8-5 lead. Ohio would close to within one at 9-10, but Miami answered right back with another 5-2 run that made it 16-11. Cox would team up with Riley on a block and record a pair of kills as the lead stayed in the four-point range over the middle part of the set. In front 19-15, Cox would score yet another kill off of Riley's assist. The 'Hawks would go on to take the final five points in a row after that to win 25-15 and even the match at a set apiece.
Despite three kills from Riley and two from Christina Menche, Miami fell behind, 6-9, as set three got underway. Menche continued the offensive pressure with another two kills to help the RedHawks stay within three points at 13-16. From there, Miami's attack went cold as Ohio would finish off a 25-15 win with a 9-2 run.
Ohio kept the momentum going by establishing a 13-7 advantage in set four. Despite the deficit, the RedHawks did not stop fighting. Kills from Menche, Madison Dodd and Chelsea Visk helped them pull to within four at 10-14. Ohio would answer with a 7-2 run to go up nine at 21-12. Miami came right back with a 6-1 run of its own to make it 18-22. During that stretch Treadway had a kill, while Riley put down two service aces. The teams traded points until a solo block by Dodd made it 20-23. After the Bobcats scored to set up match point, the RedHawks fought it off twice with a service error and a kill by Dodd. The comeback was not to be, as Ohio recorded a block on the next point to take a 25-22 victory and win the match, 3-1.
Riley had a strong match with 12 kills and 17 assists. She also had eight digs, four block assists and a career-high five service aces. Kendall recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 13 digs. Menche had 10 kills, while Hardy led Miami with 15 digs.
The RedHawks return to action Saturday when they travel to Kent State for a 7 p.m. match.