OXFORD, Ohio - The battle went back-and-forth, but the Miami University volleyball team came away with a thrilling, 3-2 (25-23, 24-26, 18-25, 27-25, 15-11) victory over Ball State on Saturday. It was the third straight win for the RedHawks, who improve to 8-15 overall and 3-7 in the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals fall to 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the MAC.
Kills from Christina Menche and Chaney, along with a service ace from Lisa Treadway helped lead the 'Hawks to a 6-3 advantage to begin set one. Two kills from Ingle along with one from Riley would help them eventually push it to six at 16-10. Ball State responded with an 8-1 run that would put it in front, 18-17. Trailing 19-21, a kill from Madison Hardy, a service ace by Madison Dodd and a kill from Treadway off of Amy Kendall's assist would put the RedHawks back in front, 22-21, and force a Cardinal timeout. Leading 23-22, Ingle gave Miami set point when she tooled the Ball State blocker for a kill. The Cardinals scored the next point, but Riley responded with a strong kill to give the Red and White a 25-23 win.
Tied at seven in set two, a service ace from Dodd would spark an 11-6 run that put Miami up, 18-13. Despite two more kills from Riley, Ball State would answer with an 8-2 run that put it in front, 21-20. After trading service errors, Chaney would put down a kill off of Riley's assist, the Cardinals would make an attack error and Menche would record a solo block to give the RedHawks set point at 24-22. The win was not to be for Miami, as Ball State would respond with four straight points to steal a 26-24 victory and even the match at one set apiece.
Tied at nine in set three, Ball State would go on a 9-3 run that gave it control at 18-12. A kill from Riley and a block by Annie Reiswig and Menche would cut the deficit to four, but the Cardinals answered with a 5-1 run that made the score 23-15. Menche and Chaney would record kills, while Ingle would get a solo block, but the RedHawks were unable to complete a comeback as they fell, 18-25.
Ingle had two kills to help Miami take a 7-5 lead early in set four. Ball State would eventually tie the score at 10 before another Ingle kill put the Red and White back in front. The Cardinals responded with a 9-5 run that put them up 19-16 as they seemed poised to put the match away. However Miami did not give up as a kill from Dodd, a block by Ingle and Dodd and a service ace from Kendall would tie the score at 19 and force Ball State to take timeout. The break did not seem to help as Riley followed with two straight kills to make it 21-19 in favor of the RedHawks. The Cardinals scored the next three to retake the advantage. The teams traded sideouts until it was tied at 23. Riley would put down a kill to give Miami set point, but Ball State fought it off. The Cardinals would then record a kill to create match point, but another kill from Riley would tie the score at 25. Riley followed with a service ace, and Ball State would make an attack error to give Miami a well-earned, 27-25, win.
Kills from Riley and Treadway, followed by a block from Riley and Ingle would put the RedHawks up, 3-0, in the fifth and deciding set. Ball State would quickly tie the score at three before a kill from Riley and a block by Treadway and Menche made it 5-3, Miami. A 5-1 run by the Cardinals put them up, 8-6. A kill from Chaney would get the Red and White's offense moving again as they took the next six points in a row to take a 12-8 lead and control of the set. After trading sideouts it was 13-10, Miami. Chaney would put down a kill off of Riley's assist to create match point. Ball State would fight it off once, but Riley would respond with her 20th kill of the match to give the 'Hawks a 15-11 victory and a five-set win.
In addition to her 20 kills, Riley had 21 assists for a double-double. Kendall also had a double-double with a team leading 32 assists and 17 digs. Hardy also had 17 digs to tie for the team lead. Miami recorded 13 blocks for the match with Menche having a hand in eight of them (one solo and seven assisted).
Miami looks to keep the momentum going as it hits the road for a pair of matches next week. On Friday, the RedHawks travel to Ohio to take on the Bobcats at 7 p.m. They will then head to Kent State next Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.