KENT, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team kept rolling Saturday evening, earning its fourth victory in its past five games with a 3-1 win over Kent State (22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19). The RedHawks improve to 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes fall to 6-18 overall and 3-9 in the MAC.
Two kills from Lisa Treadway and a block by Annie Reiswig and Kayleigh Cox helped lead Miami to an 8-4 lead to begin set one. Kent State responded with a 6-2 run of its own to tie the score at 10. After a setting error from the Golden Flashes, a kill by Madison Dodd and a block from Jenny Ingle and Meg Riley would put the 'Hawks back in front by three. The teams battled back-and-forth until Miami was up, 18-16. From there, a 7-0 run by Kent State would give it control of the set at 23-18. Ingle, Riley and Treadway put down kills as the RedHawks attempted to make a comeback, but the Golden Flashes would go on to earn a 25-22 win.
A service ace by Amy Kendall and kills from Riley and Dodd off of Kendall's assist put Miami quickly up, 3-0, in set two. The quick offensive pressure would be the story of the set, as the Red and White pushed the advantage to 12-5, forcing Kent State to take a timeout. Out of the break, kills from Cox, Riley and Ingle along with a solo block from Dodd would help Miami make it a 19-7 advantage. That would be more than enough as the RedHawks cruised from there to take a 25-14 victory.
Tied at seven in set three, Miami began to make its move. Kills from Cox and Riley, along with a pair of blocks sparked a 6-3 run that gave the Red and White a 13-10 advantage. After the Golden Flashes scored a point, Miami took control with a 6-0 run that featured three kills and a block by Cox. In front 20-15, a service ace by Madison Hardy and two kills from Riley were part of a 5-2 finish that gave the RedHawks a 25-17 win.
Trailing 4-5 in set four, Miami took the next six points to go in front, 10-5. Kent State fought back by taking 10 of the next 15 points to tie the score at 15. Kills by Chelsea Visk, Christina Menche and Ingle would help the RedHawks go back in front, 20-18. Ingle and Dodd would then team up for back-to-back blocks to make it a four-point lead. A service ace from Kendall, along with kills from Dodd and Riley would finish off the 25-19 victory and give Miami the match in four sets.
Riley led the RedHawks with a double-double of 14 kills and 18 assists. Ingle contributed 13 kills on a .435 hitting percentage. Kendall led Miami with 31 assists, while Madison Hardy had 23 digs. As a team the RedHawks hit .291, while holding the Golden Flashes to a .150 hitting percentage.
Miami returns home for a pair of matches next weekend. The 'Hawks will take on Akron on Friday at 7 p.m. and follow it up with a 5 p.m. match against Buffalo on Saturday. Both matches will be available on Miami All-Access.