OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team continues its homestand with a pair of matches against teams from Michigan at Millett Hall this week. On Thursday, the RedHawks will take on Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Miami then faces Central Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
BLOCKING RECORDS TO FALL?: The RedHawks have an outside shot to be the best blocking team in school history this season. Currently Miami has 43 solo blocks and 262 block assists (174.0 total blocks on the season). The solo block record is 82 and was set in 1985. The Red and White has a real chance to break the block assist record of 458, which was set in 1996.
AVOID GETTING BLOCKED THEMSELVES: Miami’s blocking game has been relatively consistent throughout the season whether the team has won or lost the match. The big difference for the RedHawks has been avoiding the other team’s block. In wins, the opponent averages 1.68 blocks per set. It rises to 2.14 per set in losses. Overall, Miami gives up an average of 1.91 blocks per set.
ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles are 11-10 overall and 1-5 in the MAC. They have lost four straight overall including both matches last week. Last Friday, EMU fell to Central Michigan in straight sets, before dropping a 1-3 decision to Ohio on Saturday. Eastern Michigan is led by sophomore outside hitter Stacey Perinar. She has 213 kills, an average of 2.77 kills per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE EAGLES: Miami leads the all-time series with Eastern Michigan, 35-14. In their last meeting on Oct. 13, 2012 in Ypsilanti, the RedHawks came away with a 3-0 win. The match featured close sets, including a dramatic, 33-31, win for the RedHawks in set three. Meg Riley had one of the best matches of her career against the Eagles, finishing with a triple double of 22 kills, 20 assists and 10 digs. The 22 kills is her career high.
ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas are 8-10 overall and 2-4 in the MAC. After defeating Eastern Michigan in straight sets last Friday, it fell, 0-3, to Kent State on Saturday. Central Michigan is led by junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre. She has 258 kills, which is more than twice as much as any other Chippewa player. Her 4.16 kills per set average ranks 28th in the nation.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE CHIPPEWAS: Miami leads the all-time series with Central Michigan, 30-24. Last season, the Chippewas took a 3-1 victory on Oct. 11 in Mt. Pleasant. After dropping the first set, MU earned a 25-16 win in set two to even the score. However, CMU was able to win the last two sets to take the victory. In the match, Riley led the RedHawks with 16 kills, 10 assists and eight digs.