ST. LOUIS - The Miami University volleyball team has won both of the tournaments it has participated in this season, the Belmont Invitational and its own Miami Invitational. The RedHawks will look to make it 3-for-3 when they travel to St. Louis for the Billiken Invitational this weekend. On Friday, Miami takes on the host Saint Louis at 8 p.m. (EDT). On Saturday, the RedHawks face Bradley at 11 a.m. (EDT) and Youngstown State at 5:30 p.m. (EDT).
NOTES ON THE REDHAWKS SUCCESS: Prior to their non-conference loss at Xavier on Tuesday, Miami started 5-0 for the first time since 1999. It is also the second time in two seasons that the RedHawks have won two tournaments in a season. In 2011, the Red and White won the Sycamore Invitational in addition to capturing its home event.
EARLY MAC LEADERS: As of Sept. 9, Miami ranks high in several categories compared to other Mid-American Conference schools. The RedHawks are fourth in hitting percentage at .237, and second in opposing hitting percentage at .123. Miami also ranks second in blocks (2.78 per set) and digs (16.78 per set). Individually for the ‘Hawks, sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle leads the MAC with a .441 hitting percentage, while freshman middle hitter Paige Hill leads the league with 2.30 blocks per set.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS: The Billikens are 3-4 on the season. At the Comfort Inn Invitational last weekend, they defeated Morehead State and Montana State in straight sets, before falling to Indiana State, 0-3. They then lost in three sets to Southern Illinois in non-conference action on Tuesday. Saint Louis is led by freshman outside hitter Mallory Dillon. She has 85 kills, an average of 3.86 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BILLIKENS: Saint Louis holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with Miami. The teams last met on Sept. 16, 2011 at the Tar Heel Invitational. The RedHawks nearly completed a comeback after dropping the first two sets, but the Billikens took a 15-11 win in set five to earn a 3-2 victory. Amy Raseman led Miami with 14 kills, while Madison Hardy had 22 digs.
ABOUT BRADLEY: The Braves are 5-1 on the season. They won the Omaha Marriott Classic last weekend, earning victories over Southern Utah (3-0), SIU-Edwardsville (3-2) and Nebraska-Omaha (3-1). Bradley is led by senior libero Lauren Zerante. She ranks 14th in the nation with 126 digs, an average of 5.48 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BRAVES: Miami has won both meetings all-time against Bradley. The last time the teams met was on Sept. 6, 1990 in Peoria. The Red and White came away with a 3-1 victory. Angel Miller led Miami with 12 kills.
ABOUT YOUNGSTOWN STATE: The Penguins are 3-3 on the season. They went 1-2 last weekend at their home invitational, beating Saint Francis (3-1), but falling to Tulane (1-3) and Toledo (2-3). Prior to participating in the Billiken Classic, they will take on Arizona State in the Illini Classic on Thursday. Youngstown State is led by senior outside hitter Missy Hundelt. She has 82 kills, an average of 2.93 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE PENGUINS: Miami has won both meetings all-time with Youngstown State. The last match between the two schools came on Sept. 11, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Mich. as part of the Michigan Invitational. The RedHawks took a 3-0 victory with Amy Raseman and Madison Dodd leading the way with 10 kills apiece.