OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team came into Friday's match having won four of its past five, but Akron was able to cool off the RedHawks with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-21) win. Miami is now 9-17 overall and 4-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The Zips improve to 15-10 overall and 8-5 in the MAC.
Akron jumped to a 6-1 lead to begin set one. Kills from Jenny Ingle, Meg Riley and Lisa Treadway cut the deficit to two at 4-6, the Zips answered with an 8-3 run to make it 14-7. Ingle and Madison Dodd would each record kills, but Akron would eventually push the lead as large as 10 at 22-12. That turned out to be enough as the Zips took the first set, 25-16.
Ingle and Chelsea Visk each had two kills apiece as the teams split the first 10 points of set two. Tied at five, Akron would go on a 10-4 run to take control of the set at 15-9. Treadway ended the run with a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist. The Zips answered right back with a 6-2 run that made it 21-12. Riley and Ingle would team up on a nice block, while Ingle and Dodd each put down kills, but Akron went on to capture a 25-17 victory.
Trailing 3-5 in set three, a 7-3 run that featured four blocks, including a solo block by Christina Menche gave Miami a 10-8 advantage. The Zips responded with a 5-1 run to take the lead back at 13-11. Another block by the RedHawks, this time from Visk and Menche would help Miami go back in front, 14-13, but Akron would eventually take a 20-16 lead. Ingle, Visk and Menche each put down kills as part of a 5-1 run that tied the set at 21. The Zips then scored the next four in a row to take the set, 25-21, and earn a straight-set win.
Ingle led the RedHawks with seven kills and a .438 hitting percentage. Kendall had a double-double with 15 assists and a team-leading 10 digs. Miami out-blocked Akron, 10-4, for the match, but was harmed by 13 service errors.
The RedHawks return to action on Saturday when they host Buffalo at 5 p.m. The match can be seen live on Miami All-Access.