OXFORD, Ohio—Despite a dominant first set, Miami University’s volleyball team dropped three straight sets to the University at Buffalo on Saturday evening, falling in four sets (25-10, 22-25, 21-25, 17-25) to the Bulls (15-4; 3-3 Mid-American Conference) at Millett Hall.
Miami (9-9; 1-5 MAC) came out firing in the first set as the RedHawks built a quick 8-2 advantage that included two service aces by sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig. The Bulls closed to within three points, but a 7-1 Miami run extended the RedHawk lead to 15-6. A pair of service aces by senior libero Madison Hardy—Miami’s fourth and fifth of the set—helped the RedHawks gain an 18-7 lead. Miami outscored Buffalo 7-3 down the stretch to collect the 25-10 win in the opening set. The RedHawks amassed six of their 10 service aces for the match in the first set.
Buffalo returned the favor in the second set as the Bulls rushed out to a 9-2 lead. Miami chipped away at the Buffalo lead, closing the gap late. However, the Bulls thwarted the late RedHawk charge, taking the second set 25-22.
The teams went back and forth in the third set until Buffalo used a 3-0 spurt to pull out to a 9-5 lead. The Bulls led by as many as eight, but Miami again persisted and chiseled away at the UB advantage. A kill by freshman middle hitter Paige Hill, a service ace from Reiswig and a kill by senior outside hitter Madison Dodd put the RedHawks within three, 24-21. However, Buffalo’s Liz Scott put down a kill to give the Bulls the third set, 25-21.
A senior setter/outside hitter Meg Riley service ace gave Miami a quick 4-3 advantage in the fourth set. But a 4-0 Buffalo flurry handed the Bulls a lead they would not relinquish as they went on to a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
Reiswig had five service aces to lead all players, while four RedHawks put down seven kills apiece. Hardy notched 18 digs for Miami.
Tahleia Bishop led all players with 18 kills and added 10 digs for the Bulls. Buffalo’s Kelly Svoboda recorded a match-best 23 digs.
Miami continues a four-match home stretch when the RedHawks host Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.