OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team returns home to begin a four-match homestand as it looks to get back on the winning track. First up is a pair of contests this weekend. On Friday, the RedHawks welcome Akron to Millett Hall for a 7 p.m. match. Miami then hosts Buffalo on Saturday at 5 p.m. Due to circumstances beyond control, neither match will be webcast, but live stats are available here.
BALANCED OFFENSE: Miami does not have anyone ranked among the top 10 in the MAC in kills per set. Part of the reason for that is the RedHawks have an extremely balanced offense. Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle leads the team with 2.83 kills per set, but she is one of four players who average more than two kills per set. Those players include junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley (2.48 kills per set), freshman middle hitter Paige Hill (2.14) and sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig (2.12). In addition freshman outside hitter Maris Below is just short of the mark at 1.98 kills per set, while sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney (1.21), junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk (1.00) and senior outside hitter Madison Dodd (0.93) each have contributed to the offense.
INGLE LEADS THE MAC: Through 16 matches for the RedHawks, Ingle leads the MAC with a .397 hitting percentage. That also ranks 34th in the country.
ABOUT AKRON: The Zips are 6-9 overall and 0-4 in the MAC. They have their last five, including both matches last week. They dropped a 2-3 decision to Buffalo on Thursday before falling in straight sets to Toledo on Saturday. Akron is led by senior outside hitter Alex Cocklin. She has 158 kills, an average of 2.93 per set. Another key player is senior defensive specialist Jill Paluch. She has 223 digs, an average of 4.13 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE ZIPS: Miami leads the all-time series with Akron, 34-14. The Zips won both meetings with the RedHawks last season however. On Sept. 29 in Akron, the Zips won a back-and-forth match with a 15-8 victory in the fifth and final set. Meg Riley nearly had a triple-double for Miami, finishing with 18 kills, 19 assists and nine digs. Akron won a 3-0 victory in Oxford on Nov. 2. Jenny Ingle led the ‘Hawks with seven kills.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls are 14-3 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. They have already exceeded last season’s win total of 10. After defeating Akron in five sets last Thursday, they fell to Ball State in straight sets in their last match on Saturday. Buffalo is led by sophomore outside hitter Tahleia Bishop. She has 195 kills, an average of 3.36 per set. Senior libero Kelly Svoboda has 337 digs on the season. Her 5.81 digs per set average ranks fourth in the nation.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BULLS: Miami leads the all-time series with Buffalo, 22-6. The Bulls won both meetings in straight sets last season. On Sept. 28 in Buffalo, UB able to win each set by the minimum two points. Meg Riley led the ‘Hawks with 12 kills and 11 assists. Riley also had a double-double on Nov. 3 in Oxford, finishing with 11 kills and 11 assists.