Story by Brad Potts, BGSU Student Reporter
TOLEDO, OHIO --
The No. 11 Miami Redhawks were able to pull off another upset in the MAC Volleyball Tournament beating the No. 3 Western Michigan Broncos 3-2 ( 12-25, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 16-14).
The Broncos took an early 3-0 lead in the first set with Ashley Turnage's serving before the Redhawks got on the scoreboard. WMU then went on a 6 point run to take their lead to 9-2 over the Redhawks. As the Broncos continued to roll along with the lead of MAC Setter of the Year Sam Viox and Jessica Brown. Western Michigan remained in control throughout the entire set taking it 25-12.
The Redhawks came out in the second set taking their first lead of the set and match at 3-2. Miami continued to play very hard eventually extending their lead to 11-6 before a kill by Ashley Turnage ended their 5 consecutive point streak. The Broncos began to come alive after the Turnage spike as Taylor Richard and Allyson Doyle also added kills on their way to tying the score at 11. The streaks of points by each team continued as Miami then scored three straight to make it 14-11. Miami continued to be in charge with good team play on the court, giving them a 22-17 advantage over the Broncos. A kill by Lisa Treadway got the Redhawks another point closer to winning the set at 23-18. The Broncos shortly answered with a kill by Brown making the score 20-23. With the score being 24-21, the Broncos spiked the ball out of play, leading the Redhawks to a 25-21 win in the second set.
Brown was involved early on in the third set for the Broncos, helping contribute to their first 4 points with two kills, adding a block on the third point and causing a net violation on the fourth. Despite her strong efforts the Redhawks were hanging toe for toe in the early goings. With Miami trailing 7-8 Michelle Metzler connected on a kill to tie the game at 8. Jessica Brown continued her strong play in the set adding another kill to make the score 10-10. Miami continued to have great team play and show a lot of effort leading to a 15-13 lead. The Redhawks then built their lead to 19-15. Brown once again continued her dominace by adding another kill to make the score 18-20. Metzler for Miami adding huge kills for their 23rd and 24th points, giving them a 24-21 lead late in the set. She then adding yet another kill to give Miami a 25-22 set victory, and a 2-1 match lead over the #3 seeded Broncos.
As the Broncos faced eliminated in the fourth set, they came out strong returning to their first set form, grabbing a 5-2 lead early. The Redhawks refused to go away though, quickly tying the game at 6-6. As the set continued, the Broncos and Redhawks continually exchanged points, as neither team could take control of the set. WMU was finally able to take a small lead late in the game at 19-17 but the game was still very much up in the air. Brown added a touch kill to give the Broncos a 20-18 lead, which was followed by a net violation to extend the lead to 21-18. WMU seemed to have control, scoring again on the next point with a kill by Brown to make it 22-18. Thanks to the play of Brown late in the set, the Broncos were able to tie to match winning the set 25-21.
Miami and Western Michigan continued their hard fought match into the fifth and final set, as it continued to be very close early on. At the turn of the final set the Broncos were able to take an 8-6 lead after scoring on consecutive points. Gillian Asque connected on a kill for the Broncos to keep them in front 11-9. Then with the score 14-13 Broncos, Miami was able to tie the game at 14 to keep the set going. They then scored again to give them the advantage at 15-14. Then on the next point, Taylor Richard hit the ball long to give Miami Redhawks the set, and the match 16-14.
Miami will look for yet another upset as they face the winner of the Ohio vs. Buffalo tomorrow night at the Toledo SeaGate Center.