OXFORD, Ohio - Coming off a big win over Eastern Michigan, the Miami University volleyball team returns home for a pair of matches this weekend. On Friday, the RedHawks host Toledo at 6 p.m. for their annual Dig Pink contest that will raise money to support the fight against breast cancer. On Saturday, Miami takes on Ball State at 5 p.m. That match will be International Day, as the 'Hawks celebrate the international student population of Miami University.
BUILDING MOMENTUM: The RedHawks will be looking to build off the momentum of a successful trip to Michigan last weekend. Miami battled MAC West Division leader Central Michigan for four sets before falling just short. The 'Hawks then earned their first MAC win of the season with a sweep of Eastern Michigan. Despite the 1-7 record, Miami remains very much in contention for a spot in the eight-team MAC Tournament. This weekend will be key as Toledo at 2-6 and Ball State at 3-5 are a couple of the Red and White's direct competitors for one of the final tournament spots.
STAT OF NOTE: While Meg Riley had a great weekend with a triple-double (which earned her MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week), both Lisa Treadway and Madison Hardy also had strong performances, especially defensively. In the all-time digs category regardless of position, Treadway now ranks sixth with 1,160 and Hardy is right behind her in seventh with 1,159.
UP NEXT: The quest to earn a spot in the MAC Tournament hits the road once again next weekend. Miami will travel to Ohio on Friday, Oct. 26 for a 7 p.m. match. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the RedHawks head to Kent State for a 7 p.m. contest.
BOUT TOLEDO: The Rockets are 8-13 overall and 2-6 in the MAC. Last weekend they dropped a heartbreaking five-set match to Ohio on Friday, before rebounding to sweep Kent State on Saturday. That victory ended a five-game losing streak for the team. On Tuesday, Toledo fell to IPFW, 1-3, in non-conference action. The Rockets are led offensively by junior outside hitter Lauren Rafdal. She has 222 kills, an average of 3.13 per set. Their primary setter is junior Adria Pryor, who averages 10.07 assists per set. Defensively, Toledo is led by senior McCall Paynter with 289 digs, an average of 3.85 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE ROCKETS: Miami holds a 37-11 lead in the all-time series with Toledo. The Rockets won last year's meeting, 3-2, on Oct. 22, 2011 in Toledo. The RedHawks took the first two sets before dropping an epic set three by a 37-35 score. Dropping that set changed the momentum of the match, as Toledo would go on to capture the fourth and fifth sets to earn the come-from-behind victory. Madison Dodd recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs for Miami in the match.
ABOUT BALL STATE: The Cardinals are 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the MAC. They are coming off a split weekend, starting with a sweep of Kent State on Friday. They were then swept by Ohio on Saturday. Ball State is led offensively by senior outside hitter Kara Bates. She has 293 kills in 2012, an average of 3.91 per set. Its setter is junior Jacqui Seidel, who averages 11.20 assists per set. Defensively, the Cardinals are led by junior Catie Fredrich. She has 346 digs, an average of 4.81 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE CARDINALS: Ball State leads the all-time series with Miami, 38-32. The Cardinals have won the last two meetings, including a 3-1 win over the RedHawks in their last meeting on Oct. 21, 2011 in Muncie. Christina Menche was one of three players (along with Amy Raseman and Jenn Caylor) to record 10 kills in that match for Miami.