OXFORD, Ohio –The Miami University volleyball team dropped a 1-3 decision (18-25, 25-22, 21-25, 22-25) to Central Michigan Friday evening in Millett Hall. The RedHawks fall to 10-10 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas improve to 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the MAC.
Freshman setter Krista Brakauskas completed a strong weekend, finishing with her second straight double-double. Against CMU, she had 41 assists and 10 digs. For the weekend she had 89 assists, averaging 9.89 assists per set.
Despite three kills from sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle and two from freshman middle hitter Paige Hill, Central Michigan jumped to a 12-9 lead to begin set one. Miami cut the deficit to two at 12-14, but the Chippewas answered with an 8-3 run to take control at 22-15. The RedHawks attempted to fight back with kills by sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney and Ingle, but CMU was able to maintain the advantage and win the first set, 25-18.
The Chippewas opened up a 7-3 advantage to begin set two. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig and a solo block by Hill sparked a 6-1 run that put Miami in front, 9-8. Tied at 13, two more kills by Ingle and a block from Ingle and junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley helped put the ‘Hawks up 16-14. CMU fought right back and eventually the score was tied at 19. Back to-back kills by Ingle and Riley started a 4-1 run that made it 23-20 Miami and forced Central Michigan to call timeout. Out of the break, the Chippewas scored two straight points, but the Red and White answered with a kill from Reiswig and a service ace by senior libero Madison Hardy to earn a 25-22 victory.
Central Michigan was again able to build a lead during the first part of the third set. With the Chippewas in front, 15-10, Miami answered with a 5-2 run to pull within two at 15-17. CMU pushed the advantage back to four at 20-16, but the ‘Hawks kept fighting, recording a pair of kills from Riley along with one from Reiswig off Brakauskas’ assists. Facing set point at 19-24, freshman outside hitter Maris Below recorded back-to-back kills. Central Michigan then responded with a kill of its own to take a 25-21 victory.
Riley put down a kill and Below recorded a service ace to begin set four. CMU responded with an 11-7 run to take an 11-9 lead. A Chippewa service error followed by a kill from Reiswig tied the score at 11. The teams traded side outs until a kill by Ingle tied the score at 15. Central Michigan went on a 7-4 run to go in front, 22-19. A block by junior outside hitter Chelsea Visk and Below, along with kills from Below and Riley were part of an attempted RedHawk comeback, but CMU put down a final kill to win, 25-22, and take a four set victory.
Ingle led Miami with 13 kills, while Reiswig recorded 11. Riley had nine kills and six blocks, including a career-high three solo blocks. Below had eight kills and 10 digs, while Hardy led the RedHawks with 22 digs.
Miami hits the road to begin a four-match road trip next weekend. First up is a trip to Toledo on Friday, Oct. 25 for a 7 p.m. match.