Miami Takes Opener in Straight Sets
Aug. 26, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Miami volleyball team opened the 2011 season with an impressive, 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-19) victory over Coppin State Friday morning. The match was the opening contest of the Quality Inn/ASICS Classic. The RedHawks recorded 11 service aces in the match and were led by Lisa Treadway with 10 kills and seven digs.
It was a good omen for the RedHawks when Amy Kendall scored a service ace on the first point of the season. Another service ace by Jenn Caylor, along with kills by Amy Raseman and Treadway helped Miami open up a 6-3 lead early on. Coppin State would eventually tie the set at nine before a Caylor kill sparked a 4-0 run that put the RedHawks back in control. The Eagles would pull within one at 16-17, but a 7-2 run featuring service aces by Caylor and Kendall created set point. For the set, the RedHawks would score five aces. After a service error by Miami, a service error by Coppin State would give the RedHawks a 25-19 win.
A Coppin State attack error, a kill by Cassie Farrell, two service aces by Treadway and a block from Christina Menche and Farrell led Miami to a 5-0 lead to begin set two. Two more kills by Menche, along with one from Kayleigh Cox helped the RedHawks push that advantage to 12-2. It eventually expanded to 16-4, before a 4-2 Eagle run made it 19-8 in favor of the RedHawks. Meg Riley and Cox scored back-to-back kills to end that threat. With the score 22-10, Miami scored the last three points of the set with an ace by Menche and a couple of Coppin State errors.
Set three proved to be much more competitive as the Eagles opened up a 4-2 lead. A service ace by Madison Dodd, along with a block by Cox and Treadway sparked a 7-2 run that put Miami in front, 9-6. With the score 16-12 in favor of the RedHawks, a 7-3 run by Coppin State would tie the set at 19. The RedHawks would then go on to score the next six points to close out the set, including back-to-back kills by Menche off of Riley’s assists.
Miami hit an impressive .446 for the match, while holding the Eagles to a .149 hitting percentage. In addition to Treadway’s 10 kills, Menche recorded six, while Cox put down five. Kendall led the way with 14 assists, while Caylor had three service aces.
The RedHawks continue play at the Quality Inn/ASICS Classic Friday when they take on Eastern Illinois at 2:30 p.m.