EVANSTON, Ill. – The Miami University volleyball team dropped a tough, 0-3 (22-25, 19-25, 15-25), decision to Northwestern at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday evening. The RedHawks fall to 8-3 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 7-4.
After Northwestern opened set one with a 6-1 advantage, a service ace from senior outside hitter Madison Dodd, kills from sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig and junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley and a block by Riley and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle were part of a 6-2 run by Miami that cut the deficit to one at 7-8. The Wildcats were able to maintain the lead until a solo block by freshman middle hitter Paige Hill tied the score at 11. A service ace from junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk then gave the Red and White its first lead of the set. A solo block from Ingle, along with kills from Riley and Ingle helped Miami to its biggest advantage at 15-12. A 5-2 run by NU tied the score at 17. Tied at 19, the Wildcats scored four of the next five points to take a 23-20 lead. An attack error followed by a service ace from freshman setter Krista Brakauskas pulled the RedHawks to within one, but Northwestern followed with two straight points to secure a 25-22 win.
Hill had two kills, while Riley and Reiswig each contributed one as Miami took a 10-9 lead in set two. The lead traded back-and-forth several times until it was tied at 15. From there, an 8-2 run by the Wildcats gave them control at 23-17. Reiswig and Visk tried to help the RedHawks come back with kills, but Northwestern put away a 25-19 victory.
After falling behind 2-7 to begin set three, Miami fought back to tie the score at nine. During the run, Ingle had a kill and teamed up with Riley and sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney on a pair of blocks. The Wildcats answered with a 10-4 run that put them in front, 19-13, and forced a Miami timeout. Out of the break, Ingle scored on a kill to cut the deficit to five, but the RedHawks could not stop a hot Northwestern offense, as the Wildcats went on to win, 25-15.
Reiswig led Miami with eight kills, while Riley contributed six. Brakauskas was the team leader with 13 assists, while junior libero Tori Clifford had 13 digs. As a team, the RedHawks had 10 blocks, six of which involved Ingle (one solo and five assisted).
Miami completes play at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday when it takes on USF at 9 p.m. (EDT).