OXFORD, Ohio - For the fourth time this season, the Miami University volleyball team was taken to a fifth set. On Friday night, it came out victorious against Indiana State, recording a dramatic 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-8) win at the Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational. The victory gave head coach Carolyn Condit the 600th win of her career. The RedHawks improve to 2-6 on the season, while the Sycamores fall to 1-7.
Condit had earned her 500th career Miami victory two weeks ago in a victory over Wright State. She now has 501 victories for the Red and White to go with 99 victories she got as the head coach of Xavier. Both totals are more than anyone who has ever been a head coach at Miami for any sport.
Senior setter Amy Kendall also reached a significant milestone. In the fifth set, she recorded her 2,000th career assist. She is only the 10th setter in school history to join the 2000-assist club.
Indiana State jumped to a 6-2 lead to begin set one. Kayleigh Cox quickly led the comeback, as she put down two kills to go along with service aces by Kendall and Madison Hardy as part of a 12-4 run that put Miami in front, 14-10. With the score 16-12, two kills by Treadway off of Kendall's assists along with an attack error put the RedHawks in front, 19-12. That would prove to be more than enough, as a Meg Riley kill would finish off a 25-19 win.
Three kills from Riley would help Miami begin set two with a 6-5 advantage. The Red and White would increase it to 11-8 with a run that included Jenny Ingle assisting on three blocks. Three more kills from Riley and two more from Cox would make the lead as big as seven at 17-10. An 8-5 run would help close Indiana State to within four at 18-22, before they made a service error to give the RedHawks a point. After ISU put down a kill, Riley answered with one of her own to give Miami set point. The Sycamores made it interesting by scoring the next three in a row, but they then committed a service error to give the RedHawks a 25-22 win.
Indiana State went up 10-7 early in set three. Sarah Chaney helped lead Miami back with two kills, while a Madison Dodd kill would give it a 13-12 advantage. The teams would trade the lead back-and-forth until the Sycamores went in front, 18-17. While Cox and Menche put down kills, ISU would eventually push the advantage to 22-18. Dodd would record two more kills, but Indiana State eventually came away with a 25-22 victory.
It looked bleak for the RedHawks in set four as they fell behind, 6-11. Cox would take over, as she put down three kills as part of a 9-3 run that gave Miami a 15-14 lead. From there a 6-1 run by the Sycamores put Indiana State back in control of the set. The Red and White had one more run in them as another kill from Cox sparked a 7-3 run that tied the score at 23. Unfortunately for Miami, the Sycamores were able to score the next two points to earn a 25-23 win and even the match at two sets apiece.
Kills by Riley and Christina Menche opened set five for Miami. After ISU recorded the next two points to even things up, a kill by Dodd, an attack error and a solo block for Menche put the RedHawks in front, 5-2. Kills from Annie Reiswig and Riley would help Miami increase the advantage to 9-4. Two straight points for the Sycamores made it a three-point match and forced the 'Hawks to call timeout. Out of the break Cox and Dodd put down two kills each to help Miami take control at 13-7. The Red and White would get to match point when Menche and Dodd teamed up for a block. After Indiana State scored a kill, it would make a service error on the next point to give Miami a 15-8 victory and give Condit her historic 600th career victory.
Cox had arguably the strongest match of her career, finishing with a career-high 17 kills. She only made two errors on 21 attempts and had an incredible hitting percentage of .714. Riley had a double-double with 15 kills and 29 assists, while Dodd had 13 kills and nine digs. Kendall finished with 30 assists and now has 2,002 for her career. Hardy led Miami with 11 digs.
The RedHawks hit .278 for the match, while holding the Sycamores to .236 hitting.
Miami finishes play at its Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational with two matches tomorrow. The RedHawks will take on Chicago State at 10 a.m. and Temple at 7:30 p.m.