HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Senior outside hitter Lisa Treadway became the 10th non-libero in school history to reach 1,000 digs, but Miami fell to host Marshall, 2-3 (30-28, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 10-15) in a thrilling conclusion to the Thunder Invitational. The RedHawks fall to 1-2 overall, while the Thundering Herd improves to 3-0.
At the conclusion of the match, Amy Kendall was named to the All-Tournament Team. She had 79 assists and 23 digs in the three matches over the weekend.
For the second consecutive game, Meg Riley recorded a triple-double. She finished with a career-high 20 kills to go with 20 assists and 12 digs.
Treadway had 14 digs for the match and now has 1,004 for her career. She got it in the fourth set when her dig went over the net and the Marshall attacker hit the ball long to score the point for Miami.
Set one turned into an epic battle that saw neither team build more than a four point lead. Riley recorded two kills early on, and Madison Dodd had a solo block as Miami opened up an 11-8 advantage. Marshall fought back and tied the score at 14. With the score 16-15 in favor of the RedHawks, a 7-2 run by the Thundering Herd would give Marshall its largest lead at 22-18. A kill by Jenny Ingle, an attack error and a service ace by Kendall would pull the 'Hawks to within one at 21-22. The teams would trade sideouts until it was 24-22 and set point for Marshall. A kill by Ingle and a Herd attack error allowed Miami to fight it off and tie the score at 24. A kill from Riley off of Kendall's assist would give the RedHawks their first set point. However the teams would trade sideouts until the score was tied at 28. From there a kill by Dodd and a service ace by Kendall that grazed the net and fell to the ground gave Miami a hard-fought 30-28 win.
The RedHawks had a bit of a letdown after the exciting finish to set one as they fell behind, 6-10, in set two. Two kills apiece by redshirt freshmen Ingle and Sarah Chaney were part of a 9-5 run that tied the set at 15. Miami kept up the pressure with a service ace by Kendall and a kill from Ingle as the 'Hawks went in front, 19-16. The Thundering Herd called two timeouts to try and stop the rally, but kills from Riley and Ingle would give the Red and White a 21-17 advantage. Marshall answered with a 4-1 run to pull within one at 21-22. Kills from Treadway and Dodd immediately following gave Miami set point. After an attack error, the RedHawks secured a 25-22 win as Dodd put down a kill off a Kendall assist.
Marshall took a 15-9 lead to begin set three. Riley, Dodd and Ingle would record kills as part of an 8-5 run that pulled the RedHawks to within three at 17-20. The Herd would answer with their own 4-1 run to create set point at 24-18. Miami would fight two of them off with a Treadway kill and a Marshall attack error, but an attack error by the Red and White would give the Thundering Herd a 25-20 victory.
Set four could not have started out any better for Miami as kills from Ingle, Riley and Chaney, along with a block by Dodd and Chelsea Visk would help give the RedHawks an 8-3 lead early. Marshall would answer with a 9-1 run to take a 12-9 advantage for itself. Riley stopped the bleeding with a kill off of a Madison Hardy assist, but two more Herd points put Marshall in front, 14-10 and forced a Miami timeout. Out of the break, Riley had another kills and Visk and Dodd teamed up for a block to cut the deficit to two points. The Thunder Herd eventually brought the lead back to four at 20-16, but two kills apiece from Treadway and Riley would tie the score at 20. Marshall responded with the next two points. Treadway and Riley kills were sandwiched in between a RedHawk blocking error, which made it 23-2 in favor of the Herd. Marshall then took the next two points to earn a 25-22 win and tie the match at two sets apiece.
Marshall recorded the first two points of set five. Ingle, Riley and Dodd each had kills, but the Herd maintained the two-point advantage at 5-3. The teams continued to trade sideouts until it was 6-5 Marshall. The Thundering Herd would follow with a 5-0 run to take an 11-5 lead and control. Miami fought back, as a kill from Ingle, a block by Ingle and Treadway and a kill from Riley would make it 11-8 and force a Marshall timeout. Out of the break the teams traded points until it was 13-10. From there, the Thundering Herd grabbed the next two points to earn a 15-10 win.
Riley hit .279 in the match while recording her second-straight triple double. Ingle had a career-high 15 kills, while hitting .379 on 29 attempts. She also had two solo blocks. Along with those 14 digs, Treadway recorded 10 kills to earn a double-double. Hardy led five players who had double-digit digs with 22. Kendall led Miami with 31 assists.
The RedHawks return to action next weekend when they travel to Minneapolis for the Diet Coke Classic. On Friday, Aug. 31, Miami will take on Albany at 6 p.m. (EDT). On Saturday, Sept. 1, the RedHawks face the host, 16th-ranked Minnesota at 11 a.m. (EDT) and finish the event against LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. EDT).