OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team gets the 2013 season underway when it travels to Nashville, Tenn. this weekend to participate in the Belmont Invitational. The RedHawks open against Gardner-Webb on Friday at 5 p.m. (EDT). Miami will then face Memphis on Saturday at 11 a.m. (EDT) and the host Bruins that evening at 7 p.m. (EDT).
ANNIVERSARY SEASON FOR CONDIT: This is head coach Carolyn Condit’s 30th season in charge of the RedHawks. With 509 wins for the Red and White, she is the only coach in any sport to win over 500 contests at Miami. She also has 608 career victories when you include her four seasons at Xavier, which gives her more career wins than anyone that has ever been a head coach at any sport at Miami (former Miami hockey coach George Gwozdecky is in second with 592 career wins).
HARDY APPROACHING ALL-TIME DIG RECORD: Senior libero Madison Hardy enters the 2013 season with 1,281 digs. When liberos are included in the all-time Miami dig records, she ranks fourth all-time. Hardy is only 200 digs behind all-time leader Melissa Zenz (‘08), who finished her career with 1,481 digs as a libero.
ABOUT GARDNER-WEBB: The Runnin’ Bulldogs were 9-22 last season, finishing 4-10 in the Big South. Four starters return from the 2012 squad, led by senior middle hitter Tyler Cockrell. She recorded 279 kills last season, an average of 2.58 kills per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS: This is the first-ever meeting between Miami and Gardner-Webb.
ABOUT MEMPHIS: The Tigers have moved to the new American Athletic Conference this season after spending the past several seasons in Conference USA. Last year, they finished 12-19 overall and tied for seventh in C-USA at 7-9. Memphis returns four starters, led by junior libero Aleksandra Petronijevic. She recorded 543 digs last season, an average of 4.49 digs per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE TIGERS: Miami and Memphis have split their two all-time meetings. The teams last faced off on Aug. 28, 2010, when they also met at the Belmont Invitational. The Tigers came away with a 3-1 victory in what was Carolyn Condit’s 1,000th career match coached.
ABOUT BELMONT: The Bruins were 18-17 last season and 11-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference. They are coming off an OVC Tournament Championship last season, having shocked previously undefeated Morehead State in the championship game. Belmont was able to take a set off Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling, 1-3. The Bruins return every single player from last season’s squad, having had no seniors. They are led by senior libero Jamie Lundstrom. She recorded 654 digs last season, an average of 5.11 digs per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BRUINS: The series between Miami and Belmont is tied at one win apiece. The Bruins won the last meeting between the two schools, 3-0, on Aug. 27, 2010 when the RedHawks last participated in the Belmont Invitational.