HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In the history of the Cradle of Coaches, no coach in any sport has won 500 games for Miami. That changed Saturday morning as Miami University head volleyball coach Carolyn Condit earned her 500th victory with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-18) win over Wright State at the Thunder Invitational. The RedHawks improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Raiders fall to 0-2.
Condit is now 500-385 in 28-plus seasons with the Red and White. For her entire 32-plus season coaching career, she is 599-465 and needs only one victory to become the first person who has served as a head coach at Miami at some point to earn 600 career victories.
As for the match, Meg Riley continued her impressive start to the season with her first career triple-double. The sophomore setter/outside hitter tied her career-high with 13 kills to go along with 12 assists and 10 digs.
Miami used service aces by Riley, Amy Kendall and Lisa Treadway to race to an 8-4 lead in set one. After a Raider attack error and a block by Kayleigh Cox and Sarah Chaney, the advantage increased to 10-4. Two kills from Madison Dodd, along with kills from Treadway and Jenny Ingle gave the RedHawks a 16-6 advantage. After another service ace from Dodd made it 18-8, Wright State would close to within seven at 17-24 off of a 9-6 run. Undeterred, Miami finished off the 25-17 win when Ingle put down a kill that hit the backline.
Wright State took an early 2-0 lead in set two, but three blocks from the Red and White were part of an 8-3 run that put Miami in front by three. Leading 12-9, two kills from Ingle proved to be the catalyst for a set-changing 7-1 run that put the 'Hawks firmly in control at 19-10. In front 22-14, Miami finished off an 11-point victory with a Wright State service error, a service ace by Cox and a kill by Treadway.
Two more service aces by Dodd helped the RedHawks to a 4-2 lead to begin the third set. The Raiders would keep it close, recording a kill to make it 8-9, but Miami would rally with an 8-2 run to take a 17-10 lead and control of the set. A kill from Annie Reiswig and a solo block by Chelsea Visk would give the 'Hawks a 22-12 advantage. Wright State would get as close as six points, but a service error would give Miami a 25-18 victory and Coach Condit had her historic 500th win.
Miami hit .258 for the match, led by Riley, who hit .588. The RedHawks held the Raiders to a .023 hitting percentage. Madison Hardy led Miami with 16 digs, while Kendall had 18 assists. The team finished with eight service aces on the day.
The RedHawks complete play at the Thunder Invitational later Saturday when they take on host Marshall at 7:30 p.m.