CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team’s five-match win streak to begin the season came to an end on Tuesday with a 0-3 (20-25, 22-25, 21-25) loss to Xavier. The RedHawks fall to 5-1 on the season, while the Musketeers improve to 5-2.
Junior Meg Riley had a strong match for Miami, finishing with a double-double of 11 kills and 15 assists. She hit .476 for the match, but it was not enough to overcome a hot-hitting Xavier team that finished with a .342 hitting percentage.
Xavier jumped to a 5-1 lead in set one. Freshman outside hitter Maris Below and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle each recorded kills, but the Musketeers eventually pushed the advantage to seven at 11-4. Trailing 10-17, Below put down two kills as part of a 5-0 run that cut the deficit to two points. With Xavier in front, 21-17, a service error and a solo block from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney made it 19-21. The Musketeers responded with a 4-1 run to close out a 25-20 win.
Kills from junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley and Below, along with a service ace from sophomore Annie Reiswig helped the RedHawks to a 5-2 advantage to begin set two. Xavier answered with a 7-2 run to take the lead back at 9-7. Below, Ingle, Reiswig and junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk each put down kills as Miami eventually tied the score at 14. The Red and White continued to battle the score back to a tie score, but each time the Musketeers responded with a side out to regain the lead. Reiswig, Below and Ingle each had one final kill, but Xavier held on for a 25-22 victory.
A kill from Ingle, a service ace by Visk and a block by Below and Ingle helped Miami earn a 4-2 lead to start set three. The Musketeers answered with a 6-3 run to take an 8-7 advantage. The ‘Hawks fought right back to regain the lead at 12-10. The momentum flipped once again when Xavier recorded a 7-1 run to go in front, 17-13, and force a Miami timeout. Out of the break Below responded with a kill, but Xavier was able to push the lead to 20-15. Trailing 17-23, Riley recorded back-to-back kills to begin a comeback attempt, but the deficit was too great as the Musketeers finished off a 25-21 win.
Below had 10 kills, while Ingle finished with eight. Freshman setter Krista Brakauskas led Miami with 19 assists, and she tied with Below for the team lead with nine digs.
Miami looks to get back on the winning track when it heads to St. Louis for the Billiken Invitational this weekend. On Friday, the RedHawks take on the host, Saint Louis, at 8 p.m. (EDT). On Saturday, Miami faces Bradley at 11 a.m. (EDT) and Youngstown State at 5 p.m. (EDT).