OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team remained undefeated to begin the season as it opened its home tournament, the Miami Invitational, with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-18) win over Evansville on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 4-0 on the year, while the Purple Aces fall to 2-3.
Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle tied a career-high with 15 kills to lead Miami. She made only one error in 24 attempts for an impressive hitting percentage of .667. Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 18 assists. She had zero errors in 21 attempts for a hitting percentage of .524.
Defensively, junior libero Tori Clifford recorded a career-high 24 digs. That included an incredible 15 digs in the second set alone.
Two kills from Ingle, along with kills from Riley and sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig helped the ‘Hawks jump to a 9-2 lead to begin set one. Freshman outside hitter Maris Below recorded back-to-back kills, while senior outside hitter Madison Dodd had a solo block as Miami eventually increased the advantage to 10 at 15-5. Evansville would cut the deficit to nine at 10-19, but kills from Ingle, Riley and Below off assists by freshman setter Krista Brakauskas were part of a closing 6-1 run that gave the RedHawks a 25-11 win. Miami hit .469 as a team during that set.
Tied at five in set two, three kills from Riley were part of a 7-3 run that put the ‘Hawks in front, 12-8, and forced an Evansville timeout. After the break, the Purple Aces went on a 9-6 run that pulled them to within one at 17-18 and forced Miami to call timeout. The teams traded points until it was 21-20 in favor of MU. Back-to-back kills by Dodd and Ingle put the RedHawks up, 23-20. Evansville scored the next two points to pull within one once again, but back-to-back kills from Riley and Ingle finished off a 25-22 win.
After falling behind 0-3 early in set three, a service ace by junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk sparked a 6-0 response that gave the RedHawks the lead. During the run, Ingle teamed up with sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney on a block, and also recorded two kills. In front, 14-11, Miami went on an 8-1 run to take control of the set at 22-12. The Purple Aces responded with a 6-2 run of their own, but a setting error on the final point gave the Red and White a 25-18 victory.
Below finished with nine kills for Miami. She just missed a double-double, as she also had 11 digs. Brakauskas led the RedHawks with 23 assists, while senior libero Madison Hardy had 10 digs. Miami hit .284 for the match, while holding Evansville to a .098 hitting percentage.
The RedHawks complete play at their home tournament on Saturday when they host Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.