EVANSTON, Ill. – In a tough fought battle, the Miami University volleyball team dropped a 1-3 (15-25, 24-26, 25-20, 17-25) match to the University of South Florida to complete play at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. The RedHawks fall to 8-4 on the season, while the Bulls improve to 6-8.
Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley had her second straight triple-double, finishing with 14 kills, 10 assists and 17 digs. It is her third triple-double of the season and 11th of her career.
Sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig had another strong match with 11 kills. She had 29 kills over the weekend, an average of 2.64 per set. She hit .308 in three matches to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Despite kills from junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk, sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle and sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney, along with a block by Ingle and Reiswig, USF was able to build a narrow, 8-6, advantage early in set one. From there, an 11-1 run by the Bulls gave it control at 19-7. Riley put down three kills, while Reiswig recorded two more as Miami attempted to make a comeback, but the deficit was too great as USF went on to win, 25-15.
The Bulls opened a 6-3 lead to begin set two. Riley scored with two kills as the RedHawks fought right back with a 6-1 run to take a 9-7 advantage. Freshman middle hitter Paige Hill and senior outside hitter Madison Dodd had kills as Miami was able to build a three-point lead at 16-13. USF responded with an 8-3 run that put it in front, 21-19. Trailing 20-22, a kill from Hill, a Bull attack error and a kill by Reiswig gave Miami a 23-22 lead. The teams traded side outs, which gave RedHawks set point. USF was able to fight it off, and followed with two points in a row to capture the second set, 26-24.
A pair of kills from Riley, along with a kill from Ingle helped Miami to a 9-3 advantage in set three. The RedHawks were able to maintain the eight-point advantage throughout the middle part of the set thanks to two kills apiece from Riley and Ingle. Trailing 9-17, USF battled back with a 7-2 run that pulled it to within three at 16-19 and forced a Miami timeout. Out of the break, Hill answered with a pair of kills that sparked a 6-4 closing run that gave the RedHawks a 25-20 victory.
Tied at four in set four, a 10-4 run by the Bulls put them in control at 14-8. USF eventually pushed the advantage to eight at 19-11 before a service ace and kill from Riley cut the deficit to six and forced the Bulls to call timeout. Out of the break Hill put down another pair of kills off assists from freshman setter Krista Brakauskas, but USF was able to maintain its lead and earn a 25-17 win to take a 3-1 victory.
Ingle finished with 13 kills and hit .480 for the match. Hill had 11 kills and hit .375. Brakauskas recorded a career-high 38 assists, and made it a double-double with 12 digs. Senior libero Madison Hardy led Miami with 23 digs.
The RedHawks begin Mid-American Conference play next week at home with a pair of key matches. Miami hosts defending MAC Tournament champion Bowling Green on Thursday at 7 p.m. The ‘Hawks then take on defending MAC West Division champion Western Michigan Saturday at 5 p.m. Both matches can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.