MINNEAPOLIS - Facing its first ranked opponent of the season, the Miami University volleyball team fell to 16th-ranked Minnesota, 0-3 (10-25, 18-25, 19-25) Saturday morning at the Diet Coke Classic. The RedHawks fall to 1-4 on the season, while the Golden Gophers improve to 4-0.
A slow start in set one would hurt Miami early. Minnesota raced to a 9-1 lead. Kayleigh Cox, Lisa Treadway, Christina Menche and Jenny Ingle would each put down kills as the RedHawks would fight back and get the score back to within seven at 7-14. The Gophers responded however with a 7-1 run that would put the set out of reach as they went on to eventually take a 25-10 victory.
The RedHawks came out with a lot more fight in set two. After dropping the first two points, a kill and a service ace from Sarah Chaney quickly tied things up. That would continue throughout the early portion of the set as Minnesota would build a two-point lead only to see Miami tie it. Down 6-8, a block by Ingle and Menche, followed by a service ace from Amy Kendall tied the score at eight. Down 8-10, a kill from Riley and a service ace by Kendall tied the score at 10. Tied at 11, the Golden Gophers would go on an 8-3 run to take a 19-14 lead. Ingle and Riley would record kills, but Minnesota would go on to take the set by a 25-18 score.
Two service aces by Kendall and a kill from Chaney helped Miami jump to a 4-0 lead in set three. Ingle and Riley each put down kills as Miami kept the advantage at four points at 6-2. Minnesota scored the next three points, but Treadway put down the kill off of Madison Hardy's assist to maintain the RedHawks' lead. Two blocks, one by Chaney and Cox and another from Ingle and Menche would help Miami push the lead back to four at 12-8. At that point, the Golden Gophers would go on a 10-2 run to take an 18-14 advantage. Menche would be record two more kills, but the Red and White would not be able to get any closer as they fell, 19-25.
Menche led Miami with seven kills and a .636 hitting percentage. Kendall had 13 assists, while Hardy had seven digs. The RedHawks could not overcome 16th-ranked Minnesota's .533 hitting percentage for the match.
Miami completes play at the Diet Coke Classic later Saturday when it faces LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. (EDT).