OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team closed the 2012 season on a winning note, taking a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21) victory over Cincinnati in non-conference action on Saturday. Miami finishes the year at 10-20, while the Bearcats are 12-20.
It was a balanced offensive attack for the RedHawks that saw four different players finish with double-digit kills. Jenny Ingle led the way with 11 kills, while Meg Riley, Chelsea Visk and, in her final match, senior Lisa Treadway each contributed 10.
Each senior had a strong performance to conclude their RedHawk career. Treadway had only one attack error on 18 attempts to finish with a hitting percentage of .500. She just missed a double-double with nine digs. Amy Kendall recorded 22 assists and six digs, while Christina Menche had seven kills and four blocks.
Tied at seven in set one, a 5-1 run by Cincinnati put it in front, 12-8. The Bearcats maintained that advantage throughout the middle of the set and found themselves up 21-18 before Miami began to make its run. A UC attack error followed by a block from Ingle and Menche cut the deficit to one at 20-21. After the Bearcats put down a kill, a kill from Ingle, a UC attack error and a solo block by Sarah Chaney put the RedHawks in front, 23-22. Cincinnati would score the next two to create set point, but a service error would tie the score at 24. The Bearcats would then record back-to-back kills to earn a 26-24 win.
Three kills from Ingle helped lead Miami to a 6-3 advantage to begin set two. Cincinnati would eventually tie the score at eight before the 'Hawks went on a dominating 14-4 run to take control of the set at 22-12. During the run Visk recorded three straight service aces, while Ingle had two kills and two blocks. The Bearcats would close to within six at 18-24 on a 6-2 run of their own, but Treadway would give Miami a 25-18 win on a kill off of Kendall's assist.
Neither team could establish a lead of more than two points for the first 33 points of set three. Ingle and Visk each had a pair of kills during that period, but Miami could not pull away. In front 17-16, a kill from Treadway and a Cincinnati attack error would give the RedHawks their first three-point lead at 19-16. UC would answer with a 5-3 run to cut the deficit down to one at 21-22 and force a Miami timeout. Out of the break Visk put down a kill and Kendall had a service ace to create set point. Cincinnati fought it off once, but Visk responded with another kill off of Kendall's assist to allow the 'Hawks to win, 25-22.
Tied at four in set four, a block by Ingle and Menche sparked a 4-0 run that gave Miami an 8-4 advantage. The Bearcats responded with a 7-2 run of their own to take an 11-10 lead. The advantage went back-and-forth a couple of times until it was tied at 15. From there three kills by Chaney and one from Menche would make it 19-15 in favor of the Red and White. Cincinnati had one last run in it as it was able to close to within one at 20-21. Back-to-back kills from Visk and Treadway made it 23-20. The Bearcats answered with a kill, but Riley finished off the 25-21 win with a kill and a service ace.
As a team, the RedHawks hit .338 for the match, while holding UC to a .226 hitting percentage. Riley had a double-double, adding 27 assists to her 10 kills. She just missed a triple-double, finishing with eight digs. She hit .455 for the match. Ingle finished with a .435 hitting percentage and five blocks. Miami outblocked the Bearcats, 9-3, for the match. Madison Hardy led the 'Hawks with 11 digs.