OXFORD, Ohio - Miami has reached the final weekend of Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks will host Bowling Green on Thursday at 7 p.m. for Senior Day. That match can be seen live on Miami All-Access. Miami will then travel to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan on Saturday at 7 p.m.
TOURNAMENT STILL A POSSIBILITY: While last weekend's results were not favorable for the RedHawks, there is still a chance that Miami can qualify for the MAC Tournament. The top seven spots have been secured with Ball State and the RedHawks battling it out for the eighth and final spot. The Cardinals currently stand at 6-8 in the MAC, while Miami is 4-10. If the 'Hawks can win their final two matches, while Ball State loses its final two (at Eastern Michigan and at Central Michigan), then Miami will take the final tournament spot due to its 3-2 win over Ball State on Oct. 20.
HONOR THY SENIOR: Prior to the match against Bowling Green, Miami will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony. Lisa Treadway, Christina Menche and Amy Kendall will be honored for all of their accomplishments over the past four seasons.
UP NEXT: If Miami is able to squeak into the MAC Tournament, the RedHawks will do so as the eighth seed. The 'Hawks would travel to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio and open play against the No. 1 seed on Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. If Miami does not qualify, it will complete its season at home with a non-conference match against Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. That will be part of a doubleheader that will see the men's basketball team take on James Madison at noon.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons are 17-9 overall and tied for the regular season MAC lead at 12-2 with Ohio. They are looking to win their final two matches to claim the number one overall seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament and their first regular season crown since 1992. Last week, Bowling Green defeated Buffalo, 3-2, on Friday before taking out Akron, 3-1, on Saturday. The Falcons are led offensively by junior Paige Penrod. She has recorded 391 kills, an average of 3.83 per set. Defensively their top player is junior libero Ashley Dunn. She has 441 digs, an average of 4.32 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE FALCONS: Miami holds a 43-25 lead in the all-time series with Bowling Green. The Falcons scored a 3-0 victory in the first meeting between the schools this season on Oct. 4 in Bowling Green. Madison Hardy led the RedHawks with 11 digs in that match.
ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos are 18-9 overall. They are still competing for a share of the MAC regular season crown, as they are 11-3 in the conference and one match behind Bowling Green and Ohio. WMU has won four in a row, including road matches against Ball State (3-0) and Toledo (3-1) last weekend. The Broncos are led offensively by senior middle hitter Jessica Brown. She has 312 kills, an average of 3.25 per set. They have one of the league's best setters in sophomore Terin Norris. She has 1,123 assists, an average of 11.70 per set. That ranks ninth in the country. Defensively, Western Michigan is led by junior Lena Oliver. She has 471 digs, an average of 4.91 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BRONCOS: Western Michigan leads the all-time series with Miami, 30-20. Last season, the RedHawks earned a dramatic, 3-2, victory on Nov. 12, 2011 in Oxford. In a match that saw 41 ties and 17 lead changes, Miami fell behind two sets to one before capturing a 25-23 win in the fourth set. The RedHawks then took the fifth set, 15-11, to win the match. Cassie Farrell recorded a career-high 22 kills to lead Miami to the victory.