BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Miami University volleyball team fell to Valparaiso, 0-3 (24-26, 18-25, 22-25) to Valparaiso Saturday morning at the Hoosier Classic. The loss ended the RedHawks' four-game winning streak. Miami is now 5-7 on the season, while the Crusaders improve to 7-6.
Junior libero Madison Hardy recorded 16 digs in the match. In the second set, she recorded her 1,000th career dig. She is the third libero and 13th player overall to join Miami's 1,000-dig club.
Kills from Madison Dodd, Lisa Treadway, Christina Menche and Meg Riley, along with a service ace from Amy Kendall helped the RedHawks jump to a 6-3 lead in set one. Menche and Dodd would each record two more kills as Miami maintained the lead throughout the majority of the set. Trailing 15-19, Valparaiso made its move. A 5-1 run would tie the score at 20. Sarah Chaney would put down a kill off of Riley's assist to put the 'Hawks back in front, but two straight points for the Crusaders would give them the lead for the first time since it was 2-1. The teams traded side outs until the score was tied at 24. From there, Valpo would record two straight points to earn a 26-24 win.
Lisa Treadway put down three kills as Miami opened up a 7-5 lead early in set two. The Crusaders answered with five straight points to go in front, 10-7. The RedHawks would tie it back up at 12, but an 8-3 run by Valparaiso would give it control of the set. Riley and Menche would put down kills, but the Crusaders eventually would come away with a 25-18 victory.
Once again Miami would jump to an early lead in set three, this time 6-1. Kills from Chaney and Riley helped maintain the five-point lead at 10-5. A 7-3 run from Valpo would cut the deficit to one, but Chaney responded with a kill to make it 14-12. The Crusaders then scored the next four points to take a 16-14 advantage, but a 5-1 run for Miami gave the RedHawks the lead right back at 19-17. The runs continued as three straight points for Valpo put it up, 20-19, but a kill from Riley tied it back up. The Crusaders would then close out the match with a 5-2 run to take a 25-22 win.
Riley had another triple double 11 kills, 18 assists and 12 digs. Chaney had 10 kills, while Menche had six kills and four block assists. Kendall led the RedHawks with 19 assists.
Miami concludes play at the Hoosier Classic later Saturday when it takes on Indiana at 7 p.m.