STILL STUFF TO ACCOMPLISH: While the RedHawks will not be qualifying for the 2013 MAC Tournament, there are still a few things that could be accomplishing this weekend. Redshirt junior Jenny Ingle will be looking for a strong weekend hitting wise as she goes after the Miami single-season hitting percentage record. She is currently hitting .347, and needs to raise it to better than .358, which is the mark that Megan Griffin hit in 2008. Senior Madison Hardy has 457 digs on the season, and needs 43 more in the two matches, to record only the fifth 500-dig season in school history. Hardy has one the previous four, her 529 digs in 2011 set the Miami record.
NLI SIGNINGS: Miami head coach Carolyn Condit announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Olivia Rusek (Skokie, Ill./Niles West), Maeve McDonald (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids), Katie Tomasic (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevenson) and Courtney Bemis (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb) will begin play for the RedHawks during the 2014 season. For more information on these four click here.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls are 16-11 overall and 4-10 in the MAC. The Bulls currently stand one match behind Central Michigan for the eighth and final spot in the upcoming MAC Tournament. They have lost their last seven matches in a row, including a pair of five-set heartbreakers to Akron and Toledo last weekend. Buffalo is led by senior outside hitter Tahleia Bishop. She has 365 kills on the season, an average of 3.61 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BULLS: Miami leads the all-time series with Buffalo, 22-7. The Bulls have won three straight against the RedHawks, however. That includes a 3-1 victory over Miami on Oct. 12 in Oxford. The ‘Hawks dominated the first set, winning 25-10, but Buffalo came back to take the next three sets, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17. Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley, sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig, sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle and freshman middle hitter Paige Hill each tied for the Miami lead with seven kills.
ABOUT AKRON: The Zips are 8-17 overall and 2-12 in the MAC. After dropping its first 12 league contests in a row, Akron defeated Buffalo in five sets last Friday and followed it up with a 3-1 victory over Ball State on Saturday that dropped the Cardinals out of first place in the MAC West Division. The Zips are led by senior outside hitter Alex Cocklin. She has 261 kills, an average of 2.87 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE ZIPS: Miami leads the all-time series, 35-14. The RedHawks took a 3-0 victory over the Zips on Oct. 11. A balanced attack saw six different Miami players record at least four kills. Riley and Hill led the way with eight apiece.