BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Miami University volleyball team came from three points down in the fifth set to defeat Chattanooga, 3-2 (25-17, 25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 15-11) to open the Hoosier Classic Friday. It was the fourth straight victory for the RedHawks, who improve to 5-6 overall. The Mocs fall to 6-7.
Madison Dodd had a huge game for the Red and White, setting a new career-high with 17 kills. Meg Riley continued her double-duty role of serving as both a setter and outside hitter, and earned yet another triple-double with 13 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs.
Two kills from Christina Menche and a block by Sarah Chaney and Annie Reiswig helped Miami jump to a 5-2 lead in set one. Thanks to kills from Riley and Dodd, the lead eventually grew to five at 8-3. A 6-1 run by Chattanooga would tie the score at nine. Undaunted, Miami would answer with a 10-2 run of its own to open up the biggest lead of the set at 19-11. From there Chelsea Visk would put down two kills and Menche would record a service ace as the RedHawks went on to earn a 25-17 win.
Set two began similar to set one, as Miami built an early lead, but the Mocs came back to tie the score at nine. A 9-6 run that saw three blocks and four different 'Hawks score kills would give the Red and White an 18-15 advantage. Three straight points for Chattanooga would tie the score and force a Miami timeout. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 20. Kills by Dodd and Lisa Treadway would put the RedHawks in front by two, but the Mocs answered with the next two points to retie the score. Tied at 23, Treadway would win the set for Miami by putting down back-to-back kills off of Amy Kendall's assist to give it the 25-23 victory.
When Chattanooga took a 2-1 lead in set three, it marked the first time the Mocs would have any sort of lead in the match. They would eventually expand the advantage to three at 6-3, forcing an early RedHawk timeout. Out of the break, two kills from Dodd, along with kills from Visk and Reiswig would help Miami tie the score at seven. The 'Hawks would eventually take the lead at 11-10, before an 8-1 run by Chattanooga would give it control of the set. Visk and Riley would each put down kills to try and get Miami closer, but the Mocs eventually came away with a 25-18 win.
Chattanooga jumped to a 10-2 advantage to begin set four. Despite the early deficit, the RedHawks would not give up as two kills from Dodd, along with kills from Riley, Treadway and Jenny Ingle were part of an 8-4 run that would close the deficit to four at 10-14 and force a Moc timeout. Out of the break, Ingle put down another kill before Chattanooga finally broke the run with a kill of its own. Three more times, the RedHawks would close the score to within three points, as Dodd recorded four more kills to surpass her career high, but the Mocs would hold on to win, 25-21, and tie the match at two sets apiece.
The teams traded side outs over the first seven points of the final set, which gave Chattanooga a 4-3 advantage. A 5-3 run by the Mocs put them in front, 9-6 and made things look bleak for Miami as it called timeout. The 'Hawks responded well however with a kill from Riley, a block by Riley and Menche and a kill from Kayleigh Cox to tie the score at nine. After Chattanooga scored a point, Miami forced an attack error, followed by Menche putting down back-to-back kills to give the RedHawks a 12-10 lead and forcing the Mocs to take a timeout of their own. After the break Riley would record a service ace to make it 13-10. Chattanooga scored the next point, but back-to-back kills from Menche and Dodd gave Miami the 15-11 victory and a five-set win.
Serving as the team's libero, Madison Hardy recorded 21 digs to give herself 994 for her career and leave her only six shy of joining Miami's 1,000-dig club.
Dodd also had 10 digs to go along with her 17 kills for a double-double. Treadway recorded nine kills and eight digs, while Menche had eight kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Kendall led the RedHawks with 31 assists.
Miami completes play at the Hoosier Classic with two games on Saturday. The RedHawks will take on Valparaiso at 10 a.m. and the host, Indiana, at 7 p.m.