OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team captured the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational for the second consecutive season with a 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18) victory over Temple Saturday evening. The RedHawks have now won six straight matches at their home tournament. Miami improves to 4-6 on the season, while the Owls fall to 6-4.
Sarah Chaney came up big defensively all weekend, especially against Temple where she assisted on five blocks. For her efforts, she was named the Tournament MVP. Joining her on the All-Tournament Team from Miami was Meg Riley, who recorded another double-double with 20 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs, and Madison Hardy, who led the team with 21 digs against the Owls.
Chaney got things started in set one by opening the match with a kill. It went back-and-forth for several points, until the score was tied at nine. Kills from Chaney and Annie Reiswig would help Miami go in front, 12-9, but Temple quickly tied it back up. The Owls would eventually go in front, 18-15. Three kills from Riley were part of a 5-2 run by the 'Hawks to tie the match at 20. Tied at 23, a service error by Miami would give Temple set point. A kill from Riley off Amy Kendall's assist would fight it off. After an Owl kill, a block from Kayleigh Cox and Madison Dodd would tie the score at 25. From there an attack error by Temple and a kill from Riley gave the RedHawks a come-from-behind, 27-25, win.
Set two didn't look like it was going to go Miami's way as the 'Hawks fell behind, 10-16. Chelsea Visk would put down a couple of kills, but Temple was able to maintain the six-point advantage until it led 22-16. From there, the RedHawks would make a spirited run. Kills from Riley and Chaney helped Miami pull within two at 20-22. The Owls scored the next two points to create set point at 24-20. The RedHawks fought it off three times with two kills from Christina Menche and a Temple attack error, but the Owls finally put down the final kill to earn a 25-23 win.
Tied at 13 in an extremely competitive set three, a 6-2 run would give Temple a 19-15 lead. A service error and a kill from Riley would pull the RedHawks to within two. After an Owl kill, two kills from Riley and one from Dodd, followed by a setting error would put Miami in front, 21-20. The teams traded side outs for the next four points to make it 23-22. From there, Menche would put down a kill and Dodd would record a service ace to give the RedHawks a 25-22 win.
Tied at 11 in set four, Lisa Treadway and Riley put down two kills apiece to help the 'Hawks gain a 16-12 advantage. In front 18-14, Riley recorded a service ace. That seemed to move the momentum in Miami's favor as Menche scored a pair of kills, while Chaney and Treadway had one apiece to put the Red and White up, 23-16. Temple recorded the next two points, but Chelsea Visk would finish the match with back-to-back kills to give Miami a 25-18 victory.
Riley hit .471 in recording her fifth triple-double of the season. Menche had 13 kills and zero errors on 26 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. She also had one solo block and assisted on six others. Dodd had a career-high 16 digs, while Kendall led Miami with 27 assists. The RedHawks recorded 14 blocks as a team, compared to Temple's six.
Miami returns to action next weekend when it travels to Bloomington, Ind. for the Hoosier Classic. The RedHawks take on Chattanooga on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 16, they will face Valparaiso at 10 a.m. and host Indiana at 7 p.m.
All Tournament Team
Sarah Chaney - Miami (MVP)
Meg Riley - Miami
Madison Hardy - Miami
Elyse Burkert - Temple
Chelsea Tupuola - Temple
Shea Doran - Indiana State
Kimberly Linder - Chicago State