KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Miami University volleyball team dropped its Mid-American Conference finale to Western Michigan by a 0-3 (12-25, 18-25, 21-25) score Saturday evening. The RedHawks are now 9-20 overall and finish 4-12 in the MAC. The Broncos improve to 20-9 overall and 13-3 in the MAC.
Two kills by Lisa Treadway, along with kills from Christina Menche and Jenny Ingle helped Miami jump to a 7-5 lead to begin set one. WMU responded with a 5-1 run to take a 10-8 advantage of its own. The RedHawks fought back by forcing two Bronco attack errors to tie the score at 10. From there, Western Michigan took control of the set, finishing on a 15-2 run to take a 25-12 win.
Trailing 3-4 in set two, Ingle put down two kills, while Madison Dodd also put one to the floor to give the RedHawks a 6-4 lead. A 12-6 run by the Broncos would put them in front, 16-12. Meg Riley would try to rally Miami back with a pair of kills, but Western Michigan eventually expanded the advantage to 23-15. Chelsea Visk would score a nice kill off of Amy Kendall's assist, but the 'Hawks could not complete the comeback as WMU won the second set by a score of 25-18.
Set three proved to be extremely competitive with nine total lead changes. Trailing 11-12, a kill from Ingle sparked a 5-2 run that gave Miami a 16-14 lead. Western Michigan responded with a 6-1 run to take a 20-17 advantage, but the Red and White did not give up. They forced the Broncos into two straight attack errors and a setting error to tie the set at 20. Western Michigan scored the next two points, but Ingle followed with a kill to make it 21-22. Unfortunately that would be the last point the RedHawks would score as the Broncos finished off a 25-21 victory with a 3-0 run.
Ingle led the Miami attack with nine kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Kendall had 19 assists, while Madison Hardy recorded nine digs.
The RedHawks did not qualify for this year's MAC Tournament, but they still have one remaining match on the schedule. Miami will host Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. That match is part of a doubleheader with men's basketball that will see the RedHawk men take on James Madison at noon.