BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Miami University volleyball team closed the Hoosier Classic with a tough, 0-3 (14-25, 10-25, 22-25) defeat at the hands of the tournament host Indiana Saturday evening. The RedHawks end the non-conference season at 5-8, while the Hoosiers improve to 8-4.
At the conclusion of the match, sophomore Meg Riley was named to the All-Tournament Team. For the weekend she had 26 kills, 49 assists and 25 digs. She had triple-doubles in the matches against Chattanooga and Valparaiso.
Miami kept things close early in set one. Lisa Treadway and Sarah Chaney each put down kills, while Madison Dodd and Christina Menche teamed up on a block as the score was tied at four after the first eight points. Indiana would respond with an 8-2 run to take a 12-6 advantage. Kills from Menche and Chaney would help the RedHawks get a little closer at 9-13, but a 5-1 run from the Hoosiers would put the score out of reach. Chaney and Meg Riley each recorded kills late in the set, but Indiana would go on to win, 25-14.
A service ace by Menche would give the 'Hawks a 3-2 lead in set two. The teams would trade points until a block by Jenny Ingle and Treadway would tie the score at six. Indiana scored the next six points to take a 12-6 lead and force a Miami timeout. Out of the break a kill from Menche and a Hoosier attack error would pull the Red and White to within four, but its offensive attack would go cold from there. A 13-2 run to close out the set would give Indiana a 25-10 victory.
Miami came out fighting in set three. Trailing 2-3, a kill from Dodd, service aces from Amy Kendall and Chaney and kills from Chaney and Chelsea Visk were part of a 7-2 run that gave the RedHawks a 9-5 lead. The Hoosiers would tie the score by scoring the next four points, but the RedHawks got the advantage right back when Riley put down a kill off of Kendall's assist. Tied at 11, a 6-2 run by Indiana put it in front, 17-13. Miami was not done as kills from Visk and Chaney were part of a 5-1 run that tied the score at 18. Tied at 19, a 4-0 run by the Hoosiers would prove to be the defining moment of the set. Menche would record a couple more kills to help pull the RedHawks as close as two, but Indiana would come away with a 25-22 win and take the match, 3-0.
Chaney led Miami with six kills and a .308 hitting percentage. One game after reaching the 1,000-dig mark for her career, Madison Hardy led the 'Hawks with nine digs against the Hoosiers.
The RedHawks will celebrate the homecoming festivities next weekend by beginning Mid-American Conference play. Miami will host Kent State on Friday at 7 p.m. The Red and White will then take on longtime rival Ohio on Saturday at 5 p.m. For fans that cannot make it to Oxford, both games will be available on Miami All-Access with a subscription.