ATHENS, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team was able to take a set off of 20th-ranked Ohio on its home court on Friday, but ultimately it fell, 1-3 (18-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-25). The RedHawks are now 8-7 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats improve to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the MAC.
With a 9-8 lead in set one, Ohio went on an 8-1 run to take control at 17-9. Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle put down two kills, while sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig and Below each put down kills of their own to help pull the RedHawks to within five at 13-18. Below recorded another kill off of freshman setter Krista Brakauskas’ assist, while junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk had a solo block, but Miami was unable to get any closer as the Bobcats took a 25-18 win.
Despite three kills from Ingle and two from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney, Ohio was able to build a 14-11 lead to begin set two. Ingle and junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley put down back-to-back kills to pull the ‘Hawks to within one, but the Bobcats scored three straight to take a 17-13 advantage and force a Miami timeout. Out of the break, the RedHawks scored six straight points to take a 20-17 lead, highlighted by two blocks from freshman middle hitter Paige Hill and two service aces by Riley. After Ohio scored the next point, another block by Hill and a kill from Visk sparked a 5-3 closing run that gave Miami a 25-21 victory.
Two kills from Hill kept the third set tied at three early. Ohio went on a 6-2 run to go up four, but two kills from Chaney, along with yet another block from Hill helped keep Miami close. Below put down a kill to pull the RedHawks to within two at 15-17, but the Bobcats took over from there, finishing on an 8-3 run to earn a 25-18 victory.
Two kills, a block and a service ace by Riley helped stake Miami to a 5-4 lead in set four. Ohio answered with a 4-1 run to go in front, 8-6, but an OU service error followed by a kill from Below tied the score at eight. The Bobcats went on a 6-2 run to take a 14-10 advantage. Ingle responded with a kill to pull the ‘Hawks within three but Ohio finished off a 25-15 win with an 11-4 closing run.
Reiswig and Ingle each finished with eight kills for Miami. Riley had a double-double with 16 assists and 10 digs. Brakauskas led the way with 20 assists, while Hill had four blocks (two solo and two assisted).
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Kent State for a 7 p.m. match.