MINNEAPOLIS - The Miami University volleyball team fought valiantly - improving in each set - but it ultimately fell to Long Island University-Brooklyn, 0-3 (15-25, 19-25, 23-25), to complete play at the Diet Coke Classic Saturday evening. The RedHawks are now 1-5 on the season, while LIU is 3-3.
After falling behind in set one, 2-4, two kills from Lisa Treadway and a kill from Christina Menche would help tie the score at five. The Blackbirds took the next four points to take a 9-5 advantage. Sarah Chaney would put down two kills to help pull the RedHawks to within two at 8-10, but a 6-2 run by LIU would help it take control of the set. After Meg Riley put down two kills it was a five-point game at 12-17, but the Blackbirds would finish with an 8-3 run to earn a 25-15 win.
Set two started off much better for Miami as kills from Madison Dodd, Jenny Ingle and Riley gave it a 3-2 lead. The teams would trade points until the score was tied at eight. From there, a 10-2 run by LIU would give the Blackbirds an 18-10 lead. The RedHawks did not give up as they scored the next five points in a row, a run that featured kills from Ingle, Chelsea Visk and Madison Hardy. LIU Brooklyn answered with a 5-1 run of its own to give it a 23-16 advantage. Menche would record two more kills, while Dodd and Ingle would team up on a block, but LIU would get the final two points to take a 25-19 victory.
The third set was even nearly the entire time. Miami's blocking came out early, as Menche teamed up with Visk and then Ingle for back-to-back blocks. After Riley scored two kills, a block by Treadway and Ingle followed by a kill from Treadway gave the RedHawks a 10-8 lead. An 8-3 run by the Blackbirds would allow them to go in front, 15-13, but Miami responded with the next three points. LIU Brooklyn then had a 7-2 run to give it the largest lead of the set at 22-18 and force a timeout from the Red and White.
Out of the break, the Blackbirds committed two straight attack errors. However, they followed with a kill to take a 23-20 lead. The RedHawks proved they weren't done as a kill by Treadway, another LIU attack error and a kill from Riley off of Amy Kendall's assist would tie the score at 23. The full comeback was not to be though as the Blackbirds took the next two points to win, 25-23, and take the match in straight sets.
Riley led Miami with 10 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. She made it a double-double, as she also had 13 assists. Treadway finished with seven kills and nine digs, while Hardy had 15 digs.
The RedHawks return home to face Xavier on Tuesday at Millett Hall. Miami will then host its annual Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational, Sept. 7-8. Indiana State, Chicago State and Temple will make up this year's opposition.