EVANSTON, Ill. – For the first time this season, the Miami University volleyball team dropped a tournament match when it fell to IUPUI, 1-3 (25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 22-25), to open the Wildcat Classic on Friday. The RedHawks fall to 8-2 overall, while the Jaguars improve to 5-8.
Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley had her second triple-double of the season and 10th of her career. She finished with a team-leading 14 kills, 27 assists and 13 digs. She hit .323 for the match.
IUPUI jumped to a 5-2 lead to begin set one. Two kills each from Riley and senior outside hitter Madison Dodd off of assists from freshman setter Krista Brakauskas were part of a 10-6 run that put Miami in front, 12-11. Riley continued to attack, as she recorded three more kills to help the RedHawks increase the advantage to 18-15. The Jaguars fought back to tie the score at 21. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 23. From there, back-to-back kills by sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig gave Miami a 25-23 win.
Set two saw IUPUI take a 7-3 advantage early. Two kills from Riley and one each from junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle were part of an 8-3 answer that put the ‘Hawks back in front, 11-10. The Jaguars retook control with an 11-3 run that put them up, 21-14. Miami did not give up as a service ace by Riley, two kills from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney and a kill from Reiswig were part of a 7-1 run that closed the RedHawks to within one at 21-22 and forced an IUPUI timeout. Out of the break, a service error by Miami helped the Jaguars start a 3-1 run that finished off a 25-22 victory.
Ingle had a pair of kills off of Riley assists as the teams traded side outs to begin set three. Tied at five, a 10-4 run by the Jaguars gave them control at 15-9. Ingle had two more kills, while junior libero Tori Clifford recorded a service ace to keep Miami close, but IUPUI eventually pulled away for a 25-17 win.
IUPUI opened set four with a 5-0 lead. The RedHawks answered back with a 12-2 run that gave them a 12-7 advantage. During the run, freshman middle hitter Paige Hill made her return and teamed up with Visk for two blocks. Hill and Riley each had two kills as Miami maintained a five-point advantage throughout the middle of the set. Trailing 14-19, the Jaguars went on a 6-2 run to pull within one at 20-21. Reiswig answered with a kill, but IUPUI followed with the next four points in a row to take a 25-22 win.
Ingle finished with 11 kills, while Reiswig contributed 10. Brakauskas had her second career double-double with 25 assists and 11 digs. Dodd led Miami with a career-high 20 digs. The RedHawks hit .260 for the match, but the Jaguars were able to answer back with a .289 hitting percentage.
Miami continues play at the Wildcat Invitational later Friday when it takes on the host, Northwestern, at 8 p.m. (EDT).