YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Miami University volleyball team fell behind in every set, but each time overcame the deficit to earn its first Mid-American Conference victory, a hard-fought, 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 33-31), win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Miami improves to 6-15 on the season and 1-7 in the MAC. The Eagles are now 13-11 overall and 3-5 in the MAC.
Meg Riley completed an amazing weekend with her eighth triple-double of the season. She had a new career-high of 22 kills to go along with 20 assists and 10 digs. She made only one attack error for the match on 39 attempts for a .538 attack percentage. She was halfway to a quadruple-double as she assisted on five blocks.
Riley was not the only player on the Red and White to have a great performance. Lisa Treadway recorded a double-double with 10 kills and a season-high 17 digs. Madison Hardy was only three digs off of her career-high with 29 digs.
Eastern Michigan opened up a 10-7 lead to begin the first set. Kills by Jenny Ingle and Madison Dodd, along with a block by Ingle and Riley helped stake the RedHawks in front at 11-10. The teams traded points until the Eagles took a 15-14 lead. From there, three kills by Treadway and one from Ingle would put Miami in front, 18-15, and force an EMU timeout. The Eagles would respond out of the break with a 5-1 run to take the advantage at 20-19. Their run ended with a service error and that reignited the RedHawk offense. Riley would record two kills as Miami ended things with a 6-0 run to earn a 25-20 victory.
Miami once again fell behind to begin set two, this time by a score of 8-13. EMU would eventually push the lead to six at 16-10 before the RedHawks began to make their run. Riley started it off with two straight kills off of Amy Kendall assists. Two straight service aces from Dodd would cut the deficit to two at 16-18 and force an Eagle timeout. The teams traded points until Eastern Michigan was in front, 22-19. A kill from Riley, an EMU attack error and a block by Christina Menche and Dodd would tie the score at 22. Tied at 23, a kill from Dodd gave Miami set point, but the Eagles would fight it off. Eastern Michigan would then get a set point of its own, but a kill from Sarah Chaney would tie it back up for the Red and White. Finally, tied at 26, a kill from Treadway and a service ace by Menche would give the 'Hawks a hard-fought, 28-26, win.
In set three Miami fell behind, 7-12. Kills from Ingle and Treadway, followed by a block from Ingle and Riley would pull the 'Hawks to within two. Eastern would respond with an 8-5 run that gave it a 20-15 lead. Treadway would put down a kill to help Miami get within three, but the Eagles would eventually force a RedHawk timeout when they went in front, 22-18. Out of the break, Miami scored the next three points to cut the deficit to one, punctuated with a Treadway service ace. EMU followed with two straight points of its own to create set point at 24-21. Riley took over with three straight kills off of Kendall assists to fight it off and tie the score at 24. A service error would then give the Eagles another chance to win, but again Riley put down a kill to keep the RedHawks in the set.
Tied at 26, a block from Chaney and Menche would give Miami its first chance to win the match. However, another service error would retie the score at 27. Eastern Michigan would eventually get another chance to win the set when it took a 29-28 lead, but Ingle would record a kill to fight it off. The Eagles got two more chances to win, but Ingle kept the RedHawks in it both times with a kill and a solo block. Tied at 31, Riley put down her career-high 22nd kill to give Miami another set point. This time Hardy followed with a service ace to give the Red and White a 33-31 victory and a straight-set win.
Miami hit .284 for the match, while holding Eastern Michigan to a .149 hitting percentage. Ingle had eight kills and five blocks (one solo and four assisted). Kendall led the RedHawks with 30 assists.
Miami returns home next week for two matches. On Friday, the RedHawks welcome Toledo to Millett Hall. Due to the home hockey game, it will feature a special start time of 6 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 20, Miami hosts Ball State at 5 p.m.