EVANSTON, Ill. - Having already won the first three tournaments it has participated in, the Miami University volleyball team looks to make it a clean sweep when it travels to Evanston, Ill. for the Wildcat Classic this weekend. On Friday, the RedHawks open play against IUPUI at 11 a.m. (EDT). Miami then faces the host, Northwestern, at 8 p.m. (EDT). The ‘Hawks conclude the tournament on Saturday against USF at 9 p.m. (EDT).
KEEP WINNING THE TOURNAMENTS: After winning the Billiken Challenge last weekend, the RedHawks moved their record to 8-1. It is the first time Miami has started a season with that record since beginning 8-1 in 1998. This is also the first time since 1986 that the Red and White have won three non-conference tournaments in the same season. That year they won the Indiana State Invitational, the Rhode Island Invitational and their own Miami Invitational.
STAT NOTES: Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle is currently hitting .396 for the season. If she keeps up the same pace, she would shatter the school record of .358 set by Megan Griffin in 2008. With 1391 career digs, senior libero Madison Hardy is only 91 digs away from becoming Miami’s all-time leader among all players, including liberos.
ABOUT IUPUI: The Jaguars are 4-8 on the season. They have dropped four straight matches, including all three at the Ohio State Tournament last weekend. They followed that up with a straight set loss to Ball State on Tuesday. IUPUI is led by senior outside hitter Moriah Fair. She has 182 kills, an average of 3.87 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE JAGUARS: Miami and IUPUI each have two wins apiece in the all-time series. The teams opened the 2012 season against each other on Aug. 24 at the Thunder Invitational in Huntington, W.Va. The Jaguars came away with a 3-1 victory in that match. Meg Riley led the RedHawks with 13 kills, while Madison Hardy had 26 digs.
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats are 5-4 on the season. They went 1-2 last weekend at the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, Hawaii. Northwestern fell to Arizona, 1-3, and 10th-ranked Hawaii, 0-3, before coming back to beat Portland State in straight sets. The Wildcats are led by senior outside hitter Stephanie Holthus. She has 120 kills, an average of 3.53 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE WILDCATS: Northwestern leads the all-time series, 3-1. The teams last met on Sept. 5, 2009 at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Indianapolis. The Wildcats earned a 3-1 victory in that match. Maria Leahy led Miami with 14 kills and 16 digs.
ABOUT USF: The University of South Florida is 5-6 on the season. It went 1-2 at its home tournament last weekend, defeating FAU, 3-0, but falling to Pittsburgh (2-3) and 22nd-ranked Purdue (0-3). The Bulls are led by sophomore outside hitter Erin Fairs. She has 141 kills, an average of 3.44 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BULLS: USF has won both meetings all-time with Miami. The last came on Sept. 4, 2010 at the Kentucky Classic in Lexington, Ky. The Bulls took a 3-1 victory in that match. Amy Raseman led the way for the RedHawks with 13 kills.