MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - The Miami University volleyball team heads to the state of Michigan for a pair of matches this week. On Thursday, the RedHawks are in Mt. Pleasant to face Central Michigan at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Miami moves on to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m.
TWO PLAYERS IN TOP 10 OF DIGS: in the Miami record books digs by liberos and non-liberos are separated due to the differences in defensive opportunities they have. Therefore Miami's all-time leader in digs as a libero is Melissa Zenz (2006-08) with 1,481, while it's all-time leader for position players is Stephanie Otten (1992-95) with 1,467. When you combine the two categories, there are only 13 players total with 1,000 for more digs for Miami in 38 seasons of volleyball. Two of those players are on this season's team and both now rank in the top 10 for digs regardless of position. Senior Lisa Treadway is ninth all-time with 1,135 digs, while junior Madison Hardy is 10th with 1,120 digs.
UP NEXT: Miami continues play against MAC West Division opponents at home next weekend. On Friday, Oct. 19, 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.
ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN: After finishing in sixth place last season, the Chippewas surprised the MAC by winning the conference tournament and earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. CMU has kept up the momentum from that run in 2012, as it is 11-6 overall and leading the MAC West Division at 5-1. The Chippewas have won five straight matches, including defeating Ball State and Toledo on the road last weekend. Central Michigan is led offensively by sophomore outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre. She has 234 kills, an average of 3.71 per set. Defensively it is led by junior Jenna Coates. She has 314 digs, an average of 4.98 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE CHIPPEWAS: Miami holds a 30-23-1 lead in the all-time series with Central Michigan. In their last meeting, Oct. 15, 2011 in Oxford, the Chippewas came away with a 3-1 victory. Madison Hardy recorded 21 digs, while Amy Kendall had 30 assists for the RedHawks in defeat.
ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles are 13-9 overall and 3-3 in the MAC. After a slow start in conference play, EMU got back on track last weekend by defeating Toledo, 3-2, on Friday and Ball State, 3-1, on Saturday. Eastern Michigan has one of the top offensive players in the MAC in senior outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello. She has 354 kills in 2012, an average of 4.12 per set. The Eagles top defensive player is freshman libero Sierra Reed. She has 351 digs, an average of 4.08 per set. Sophomore middle blocker Megan Crenshaw is another key player. She averages nearly one block per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE EAGLES: Miami leads Eastern Michigan, 34-14, in the all-time series. The Eagles have won the last two meetings however. That includes a 3-0 win last season on Oct. 14, 2011 in Oxford. Madison Dodd just missed out on a double-double for the RedHawks, recording nine kills and eight digs.