Red and White head to Diet Coke Classic
Condit aims for 600th career win Friday
Published: Friday, August 31, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012 02:08
After going 1-2 in the Thunder Invitational last weekend, the RedHawks’ volleyball team is looking to rebound in the Diet Coke Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.
Good news for them, they will be with the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division Player of the Week: junior libero Madison Hardy.
Hardy had 64 digs in the three matches last weekend and was part of the defensive unit that kept opponents’ hitting percentages under .200.
Hardy is not the only RedHawk playing well though. Senior setter Amy Kendall, senior outside hitter Lisa Treadway and sophomore setter/outside hitter Meg Riley are all coming off great performances from the previous weekend.
Kendall had 18 assists in the win against Wright State University, Treadway recorded her 1,000th career dig over the weekend and Riley put together the first triple-double of her career with 13 kills, 10 digs and 12 assists.
Also, Head Coach Carolyn Condit is one win away from 600 career wins, which she has racked up at Miami and Xavier University.
“We’re a very confident group heading into Minnesota this weekend,” Condit said.
The Red and White (1-2) will be taking on the University of Albany in its first game Friday night. The Great Danes are coming off three consecutive losses in the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational against squads that included St. Mary’s College of California, No. 6 Stanford University and No. 9 University of Hawaii.
Senior outside hitter/middle blocker Traci Vandergrift had 16 digs, nine kills and four block assists against the Gaels of St. Mary’s.
Saturday morning, the ’Hawks are set to compete against the tournament host, the University of Minnesota. The Gophers (2-0) are riding a two-game winning streak in the James Madison Invitational against James Madison University and Appalachian State University (ASU).
Junior outside hitter Ashley Wittman had a double-double against ASU with 12 kills and 13 digs.
To close out the Diet Coke Classic, Miami faces off against Long Island University-Brooklyn (LIU-Brooklyn) Saturday night. Last weekend, LIU-Brooklyn (2-1) won the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Beach Bash title after a win over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The Blackbirds’ graduate-student middle blocker Ashley Rice earned the Molten/Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for her defensive prowess over the weekend, while sophomore setter Vera Djuric had 44 assists and 13 digs in a loss to High Point University and made the All-Tournament Team with teammate Rice.
“Heading into the Minnesota tournament, the team feels much more confident after last weekend’s matches,” Hardy said of the upcoming slate of matches. “Our underclassmen had their first real taste of college volleyball and know more of what to expect, which gives us a high level of excitement. Last weekend gave us a look at our strengths and weaknesses, which will help us in upcoming matches. We are all ready to keep improving and get ready for MAC play.”
install. The models in Shriver Center were paid for using the Brita grant, according to Nootz.
The fountains represent collaboration between various Miami groups, Prytherch said.
“Green Oxford and HDRBS (Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services) collaborated to install one for the general public in Shriver Center,” Pytherch said.
While Miami students already have access to clean tap water, the filter system drinking fountains offer additional filtering that serves as an alternative to single-use bottled water, according to Prytherch.
“Re-using bottles is much more sustainable than single-use bottled water,” Pytherch said.
Sophomore Elizabeth Ward said she is excited about the new water fountains, because she uses the fountain daily in her residence hall to fill up old water bottles.
“I will definitely just refill instead of buying water bottles all the time like I did last year,” she said.
Nootz said she personally frequents the new fountains.
“I use it every day,” she said.
According to Prytherch, the filtration systems demonstrate how teamwork is making Miami more eco-friendly.
“This is a great example of students, staff and faculty collaborating to make Miami more sustainable,” Pytherch said.
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