MU drops ninth straight road match
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 01:11
The Miami University volleyball team is now 2-13 in its last 15 matches after dropping a 1-3 (19-25, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25) decision to Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division opponent Northern Illinois University (15-11, 7-5 MAC). The RedHawks (10-14, 2-10 MAC) are 1-5 on the season against West Division foes.
“We played hard,” junior libero Tori Clifford said. “We need to be more consistent and finish games... We need to be scrappy. We’re going to go in and practice hard this week and play consistent and stay focused.”
Sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig had a strong outing with 16 kills, while redshirt sophomore Jenny Ingle posted 12 kills and a .571 hitting percentage. Junior setter/outside hitter Meg Riley had a double-double with 11 kills and 23 assists, while senior libero Madison Hardy tallied 28 digs.
After falling behind 2-8 early in the first set, Miami rallied to tie the score at 11-11. Northern Illinois took control of the set with a 4-1 run to take a 16-13 lead the ’Hawks could not overcome as they fell 19-25.
The second set featured the two teams trading blows until the score was 13-13, and the Red and White reeled off four consecutive points. The RedHawks would not look back as they took the set 25-17.
Both teams continued to battle neck-and-neck with each other for much of the third set. With the score knotted up at 21-21, Northern Illinois went on a 4-1 spree as it eventually took the set 25-23.
The fourth set was much like the previous set, as neither team was able to gain much separation for most of the set. After being tied at 22-22, the Huskies closed out the match on a 3-1 run.
“We had opportunities to win,” head coach Carolyn Condit said. “[At times] we played hard, good volleyball. Our bad decisions and inexperience hurt us. They [NIU] got it done. We needed better defense in different scenarios. We didn’t have enough leadership on the court... I was pleased with Jenny Ingle and Annie Reiswig also played well. Madison Dodd passed well and I was pleased with the play of [freshman setter] Krista Brakauskas. It’ll be good to get back to host Kent State on Friday.”
The RedHawks return to Oxford for their final home matches of the regular season against Kent State University and Ohio University.