Nov. 18, 2011
GENEVA, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team fought back-and-forth with Ohio in every set, but fell a little short each time in a 0-3 (22-25, 20-25, 22-25) defeat in the Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals Friday in Geneva, Ohio. Cassie Farrell led the RedHawks with nine kills. Miami is now 16-15 on the season, while the Bobcats improve to 22-9.
Ohio’s blocking ability would prove to be the difference in the match. Three early blocks of Miami’s attacks gave the Bobcats an 8-5 lead. Farrell, Jenn Caylor each had kills, but Ohio eventually expanded the advantage to 14-10. Two kills from Chelsea Visk were part of a 6-3 run that pulled the Red and White to within one at 16-17. Ohio responded with a 6-3 run of its own that made it 23-19. A solo block by Madison Dodd, a kill by Visk and a block by Caylor and Farrell would get Miami as close as two at 22-24, but the Bobcats put down the next point to take a 25-22 win.
Set two did not start out well for the RedHawks as they fell behind, 1-6. Trailing 4-9, two kills from Lisa Treadway sparked a 6-1 run that tied the score at 10. The teams traded points until it was tied at 19. From there, Miami’s attack went cold as Ohio finished with a 6-1 run to earn a 25-20 victory.
Tied at nine in the third set, a kill from Treadway would give the RedHawks the lead. A block by Riley and Caylor, along with a kill from Caylor off of Riley’s assist would help expand the advantage to 14-12. After the Bobcats tied the score at 14, kills by Riley and Dodd were part of a 5-1 lead that gave Miami its largest lead at 19-15. Ohio fought back, going on a 6-2 run to tie the score at 21. Riley score a kill off of Amy Kendall’s assist to give the Red and White the lead one last time at 22-21, but the Bobcats responded with four straight points to take a 25-22 win and the straight-set victory.
In addition to Farrell’s nine kills, Visk had seven, while Riley and Caylor each had six. Riley led the RedHawks with 19 assists, while Madison Hardy had 13 digs. Ohio finished with 10 total blocks, compared to 5.5 for Miami.
The RedHawks will complete the 2011 season when they travel to Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 26 for a 5 p.m. match.