MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - The Miami University volleyball team battled hard against Mid-American Conference West Division leader Central Michigan, but it dropped a 1-3 (22-25, 25-16, 13-25, 22-25) decision on Thursday evening. Miami falls to 5-15 overall and 0-7 in the MAC. The Chippewas improve to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in the MAC.
Junior Meg Riley just missed out on her eighth triple-double of the season, falling two short of double digits with eight digs. She did record a double-double with 16 kills and 10 assists.
The RedHawks fell behind, 3-8 in set one which forced them to take an early timeout. Out of the break, Sarah Chaney responded with two kills, while Madison Dodd, Christina Menche and Jenny Ingle each put down a kill apiece to lead an 8-3 run of their own that tied the score at 11. Trailing 12-13, a service ace from Madison Hardy and a kill from Menche gave Miami the lead for the first time at 14-13. Tied at 15, kills from Lisa Treadway and Dodd off Riley assists would be part of a 4-1 run that gave the RedHawks their largest lead at 19-16. The run was punctuated by a block from Menche and Chaney. The Chippewas responded with a 5-1 run to retake the advantage at 21-20. Ingle would record a kill to retie the score, but two straight points from CMU put it in front, 23-21. Riley tried to lead one more comeback when she put down a kill off of Amy Kendall's assist, but the Chippewas scored the next two points to earn a 25-22 win.
A block from Ingle and Riley, followed by a service ace from Kendall would help lead Miami to a 4-1 lead to begin set two. Central Michigan responded with a 6-2 run to take a 7-6 advantage of its own. After trading side outs over the next five points, the score was tied at nine. From there, the RedHawks began to make their move. Three kills from Riley and two from Treadway were part of a huge 10-1 run that put Miami in control at 19-10.The Chippewas would cut the deficit to six at 15-21, but a kill from Chaney and a solo block from Dodd would make it 23-15. After Central scored a point, a kill by Dodd and a CMU attack error would give Miami the 25-16 victory.
Kills from Riley and Dodd put the 'Hawks up, 2-1, early in set three. Chaney would record a kill and team up with Ingle on a block as Miami eventually increased the lead to two at 8-6. The Chippewas answered with a 10-2 run that would put them in front, 16-10. While the RedHawks would score the next two points to cut the deficit to two at 12-16, CMU closed the set on a 9-1 run to take a 25-13 win.
Central Michigan took a 6-3 lead to begin set four. A service ace from Treadway and kills from Menche and Dodd would help the RedHawks close to within one at 8-9. The Chippewas would continue to push the lead back to three points, but each time Miami would come back and tie the score, once at 11 and again at 16. CMU would go on a 5-2 run to take a 21-18 lead, but the 'Hawks responded with three of the next four points to cut the deficit to one at 21-22. The Chippewas scored the next two to create match point, but Miami would fight it off with a solo block from Chaney. The comeback was not to be as a kill from Central Michigan would give it a 25-22 win and a four-set victory.
Riley hit an impressive .424 while recording her 16 kills. Dodd, Treadway and Menche had seven kills apiece, while Kendall led the way with 24 assists.
Miami will finish its Michigan road trip when it heads to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan on Saturday at 7 p.m.