HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Meg Riley scored a career-high 13 kills for Miami, but the RedHawks fell to IUPUI, 1-3 (21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 17-25) on Friday at the Thunder Invitational. It was the season-opening game for both teams.
After dropping the first point of the first set, kills by Kayleigh Cox and Lisa Treadway off of Amy Kendall assists would give Miami a 2-1 lead. IUPUI would go in front, 6-4, before a block by Chelsea Visk and Kendall along with a kill by Visk would help tie the score at seven. Trailing 7-10, two kills from Madison Dodd along with a service ace by Kendall would retie it at 10. An 8-3 run by the Jaguars would give IUPUI control of the set at 18-13. Behind 16-21, a 4-2 mini-run by the RedHawks would pull Miami to within three at 20-23. While Treadway would record another kill, it would be as close as the Red and White could get as they fell, 21-25.
The big blow in set two would come after Miami took a 4-3 advantage. The Jaguars would score the next 10 points in a row to go in front, 13-4. A kill from Dodd would stop the bleeding. The junior outside hitter would have two more kills as the RedHawks went on a 6-2 run to pull within five at 10-15. However, IUPUI answered with the next three points to make it an eight-point lead once again. A block by Visk and Sarah Chaney would help bring Miami to within six at 17-23, but the Jaguars would eventually go on to win, 25-19.
Riley made her 2012 debut in set three and immediately had a huge impact on the Miami offense. She recorded kills on her first three swings to lead the 'Hawks to a 3-1 advantage. With the score tied at 10, a service ace by Riley, along with kills from Chaney and Cox were part of a 5-2 run that put the RedHawks in front, 15-12. The Jaguars answered right back with their own 5-2 run to tie the score at 17. From there Riley took over once again, recording three kills to go with an attack error and a block by Jenny Ingle and Chaney to make it 22-17 in favor of Miami. IUPUI scored the next four points in a row to pull within one, but two kills from Riley, along with a block by Riley and Cox would give the Red and White a 25-21 victory. Riley recorded a total of 10 kills in the third set.
The momentum seemed to remain on Miami's side for set four. Another kill from Riley, two straight service aces by Kendall and a Jaguar attack error put the 'Hawks in front, 4-0. Riley and Ingle would each score kills as Miami extended the lead to six at 9-3. IUPUI answered with a 7-1 run to tie the score at 10. Once it took the lead at 13-11, the RedHawks would call timeout. Out of the break Dodd scored a kill off of Riley's assist to make it 12-13, but the Jaguars scored eight of the next 10 points to pull ahead, 21-14. Ingle and Dodd would each record one more kills, but Miami would be unable to shake the deficit as it fell, 17-25.
In addition to her 13 kills, Riley finished with five assists, three digs, a service ace and a solo block. Madison Hardy played strong defensively as the team's libero, finishing with 26 digs - only three off her career-high. Dodd just missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs, while Treadway had seven kills and eight digs. Cox had a career-high eight kills, while Kendall led the 'Hawks with 30 assists.
Miami concludes play at the Thunder Invitational with two games on Saturday. The RedHawks will face Wright State at 10:30 a.m. and then take on host Marshall at 7:30 p.m.