Friday's Volleyball Results

Updated 9/4/2010
Friday's Volleyball Results
North Carolina 3, Ohio 0
No. 15 Colorado State 3, Bowling Green 0
Kansas 3, Akron 0
Akron 3, Tennessee-Chattanooga 0
Alabama 3, Toledo 0
UAB 3, Toledo 0
Buffalo 3, Navy 1
Buffalo 3, Delaware State 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Bucknell 0
Central Michigan 3, Niagara 1
No. 6 Florida 3, Bowling Green 0
Ball State 3, Tennessee State 0
Northern Illinois 3, Kennesaw State 0
No. 15 Kentucky 3, Miami 0
Cincinnati 3, Kent State 0

North Carolina 3, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio -The Ohio University volleyball team dropped its opening match this afternoon at the JQH Invitational in Springfield, Mo. The Bobcats were bested by North Carolina, 3-0 (16-25, 22-25, 23-25).

"When you have as many kills as your opponent and out-block them, it comes down to the little things in matches," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "UNC was just better at converting and capitalizing on those little things than we were today. If we can learn how to convert on those chances I still think we're going to be a very good team. We're just not experienced enough."

Sue Jacobi and Mandy Nichols led the Bobcats with 14 and 10 kills respectively. Katie Post had nine kills while hitting a team-high .429 for the match and adding a team-high four block solos. Faith Robins chipped in with four kills and three block solos. Jacobi, with her effort today, passed former teammate Meghan Simons and moved into ninth place during the rally-scoring era with 725 career kills.
In her 100th career match, Michelle Jantsch had 31 assists for the Green & White and tied Jacobi for the team lead in digs with nine. Nichols also set a career-high with seven digs in the match.

Ohio led 6-3 in the first set on five kills and a service ace by Jantsch, but UNC rallied to take nine of the next 12 points and gain a 12-9 advantage. The Tarheels continued to pull away and finished the set with their largest margin of victory on the day at 25-16. UNC also held a large edge in hitting percentage, .308 to Ohio's .081.

In the second set, UNC jumped out to a 15-8 lead and appeared to have things in control. However, Ohio put together a 9-0 run that featured two kills each from Robins and Post to take a 16-15 lead. The set reamined tight with the score knotted at 21 in the later stages. Consecutive Tarheel points were countered by a Lexie Hartnett kill to cut the deficit to one at 23-22. After a UNC timeout, a Tarheel kill and an Ohio attack error ended the set.

"UNC had runs of points and our errors continued to pile up today," Theis said. "I'm proud of the way our team fought back during the second and third sets. We would get behind and then string together good play after good play to draw even and take a small lead. However, it again comes down to converting at the end of sets. We were close today. To use a baseball analogy, I would compare today to throwing a bases-loaded, 3-2 pitch. Sets two and three we missed the plate by an inch or two. Instead of getting the strikeout, we walked in the run."

In the third set, UNC scored eight of the first 10 points and still led 12-6 before Ohio once again made a charge. The Bobcats scored 12 of the next 18 points to even the set at 18 apiece. Once again, the end of the set saw both teams battling furiously but the 'Cats could never grab the lead. After tying the set yet again, 23-23, consecutive kills by UNC ended the Bobcat hopes of mounting a comeback on the afternoon.

Christine Vaughen led UNC with nine kills and led a balanced attack of five players recording seven kills or more. All-ACC player Courtney Johnston had eight kills and hit .444 for the match, one of four players to hit over .400 for the Tarheels.

The Bobcats will play two matches tomorrow starting with Southeast Missouri State at 11 a.m. and followed by a contest with Texas A&M at 6:30.

No. 15 Colorado State 3, Bowling Green 0
Gainesville, Fla. - No. 15 Colorado State moved to 4-0 on the year as the Rams defeated the Bowling Green State University volleyball team Friday morning by scores of 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida.

Colorado State hit .295 for the match and served up seven aces to pull away from the Falcons in each of the three sets. BGSU stayed in the match by outdigging and outblocking the Rams. The Orange and Brown had 46 digs and 4.0 blocks compared to just 43 digs and 3.0 blocks for Colorado State.

Freshman Paige Penrod led Bowling Green with 10 kills and another freshman, Ashley Dunn, had 12 digs. Sophomore Kari Galen had five kills and a team-high three blocks, two of which were of the solo variety. Yet another freshman, Laura Avila, led the team with 21 assists.

Bowling Green fell behind 7-1 early in the opening set and trailed by as many as 10 points before rallying late behind by three consecutive Penrod kills. The second set was closer early but Colorado State slowly built a lead during the middle of the set to get the win.

BGSU led 10-9 in the third set after a Lindsey Butterfield kill but Colorado State reeled off three consecutive points and the Falcons never led again. Bowling Green, though, did tie the score at 17-17 after a Danielle Tonyan kill but the Rams scored four of the next five points and never looked back.

Bowling Green (1-3) will be back in action Friday evening against the tournament hosts, playing No. 6 Florida at 7:30 p.m. in the second of three matches at the event.

Kansas 3, Akron 0
Akron 3, Tennessee-Chattanooga 0

Lawrence, Kansas - After falling to tournament host Kansas to start the day, The University of Akron volleyball team rebounded with a dominant 3-0 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga Friday evening at the Jayhawk Classic.

In the sweep, sophomore Morgan Kuhn tied the school record posting eight service aces against the Mocs to join former Zips Patti Godzinski (WMU, 10/7/94) and Claudia Orban (NE Illinois, 10/19/90) atop the record books.

Akron opened the first set with 7-0 start taking its biggest lead at the 21-9 point. UTC would go on a 4-0 run (21-13) but it would be the Mocs final point of the set as three Chattanooga errors and a kill from redshirt freshman Alex Wiederholt provided the 25-13 win.

The second set started out much tighter as the two squads went point for point. Tied 7-7, Akron would pull away for a 12-7 lead thanks to a Kuhn ace and four UTC errors. The Mocs never came with more than three to provide UA the 23-20 win.

After going up dominantly through the first two sets, Akron fell behind in the third set with the Mocs taking a 5-1 lead. Down 20-17, three service aces from Kuhn and forced Moc errors gave UA the victory.

Junior Courtney Jarvis would start the rebound posting a kill (18-20) followed by a ace from Kuhn which prompted a timeout. To no avail, Kuhn would post a consecutive ace to tie the contest for the first time. Jarvis gave UA its first lead with her tenth kill and another Kuhn ace put UA up 22-20. Two attacks would keep UTC in it (23-22) but two follow-up errors gave UA the 25-22 win.

"Our team took a great step in the right direction my maintaining our level throughout the Chattanooga match," said head coach Ron Arenz. "The win should give us the confidence we need going into tomorrow's match against a very talented Arkansas team."

In the victory, Wiederholt and sophomore Paiton Twitty led UA at the net combing for two solo blocks and nine block assists.

Akron opened the day against Kansas falling in three (15-25, 16-25, 13-25). The Zips took a 6-2 lead to start the game but a strong attacking Jayhawk squad would hold UA to a .075 hitting mark posting a .359 on their side of the ball.

Redshirt freshman Ari Mewhorter led UA offensively in the loss posting a season-high 11 kills.

Alabama 3, Toledo 0
TUSCALOOSA, AL - Following Toledo's memorable 3-2 victory over No. 12 Michigan last week in the Rocket Classic, Head Coach Greg Smith knew his team would have to come up with another strong performance when it faced Alabama today in its first match of this weekend's Bama Bash.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, they couldn't quite get back to playing at that high level as Toledo dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-23) decision to the host Crimson Tide on Friday afternoon.

Sophomore OH Amber DeWeerdt led the Rocket attack with 14 kills and a career-best .519 attack percentage, while freshman MB Dakota Harkins also enjoyed an impressive performance with seven kills and a .700 hitting mark.

DeWeerdt also was UT's leader defensively with 10 digs, but the Midnight Blue and Gold struggled to slow down Alabama's attack. The Crimson Tide hit .348 as a team and controlled the net as evidenced by its 9-4 advantage in team blocks.

Sophomore OH Kayla Fitterer topped the hosts with 14 kills and a .481 ATK%, while senior OH Alyssa Meuth tallied 11 kills and an amazing .625 ATK%.

"We just couldn't stop Alabama offensively even though we knew what they wanted to accomplish," Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith. "It's certainly a disappointing loss because we know we can play better. Now we have to rebound and come back later today with a better effort against UAB."

The first set was relatively even early on as neither squad enjoyed more than a two-point advantage until the Crimson Tide snapped a 15-15 tie with a six-point run to take control.

Toledo held a 10-8 lead in the second set when the hosts rattled off five straight points for a three-point advantage. Harkins registered back-to-back kills to bring the Rockets back within a point but Alabama responded with a 9-0 run put UT down two sets.

The third set was tied at 19-19 following a DeWeerdt kill, but a 4-0 spurt gave the hosts enough breathing room to stave off a late Rocket rally. DeWeerdt's ace brought UT within 24-23 but Toledo wasn't able to even the match.

The Rockets will face UAB in its second match of the day at 6:00 p.m. The Blazers dropped a 3-1 decision to Furman this morning.

UAB 3, Toledo 0
TUSCALOOSA, AL - Toledo (3-2) had chances to win each set against UAB (2-3) on Friday evening in the Bama Bash but still ended up on the short end of a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) decision.

Freshman RSH Becca Reidy spearheaded the Rocket attack with a season-high 11 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt and freshman MB Dakota Harkins also tallied six kills.

DeWeerdt and Harkins were also UT's defensive leaders with 12 digs and two blocks, respectively.

Sam Serley topped UAB offensively with 11 kills.

UT was limited to a .144 attack mark, while the Blazers posted a .266 team hitting percentage.

The Rockets will wrap up play in the Bama Bash against Furman at noon on Saturday.

Buffalo 3, Navy 1
Buffalo 3, Delaware State 0

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a pair of wins on Friday during the first day of the University at Buffalo Invitational. The Bulls opened the day with a 3-1 victory over Navy and then swept Delaware State, 3-0, in the evening competition. The Bulls were the only team to go 2-0 on the opening day of the tournament.

After dropping the first set to Navy, the Bulls came back to dominate the Midshipmen the rest of the way, winning, 23-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-15. The Bulls hit .248 in the opener, opposed to just .008 for Navy.

Senior Kayla Govier began her huge day with a career-high 15 kills and just five errors, hitting .303 for the match. Govier was just one of three players in double figures in kills against Navy as junior Abby Niekamp finished with 10 kills as well as freshman Dana Musil. Senior Kristin Bignell and freshman Christine Fristche each finished with nine kills in the opener.

Freshman Kelly Svoboda had a match-high 19 digs, while Musil added 12. As a team, the Bulls had 12 total team blocks, including nine block assists from Niekamp. Govier and Fristche each had four block assists. Senior Lindsey Schlegel finished with 44 assists and seven digs.

In the nightcap, the Bulls swept past Delaware St., 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 as UB hit .259 for the contest. For the second straight match, Govier led the way for the Bulls with 12 kills, hitting .474 for the match. Senior Marisa Hornbaker had 10 kills on 21 attempts. Bignell had eight kills, while Musil added seven. Musil added four services aces and now has a team-leading 19 on the season.

Freshman Dani Reinert had a career-high 22 assists in the contest, while Svoboda added 14 digs to lead the team.

The Bulls were the only team to win both of their matches today as Central Connecticut State defeated Delaware State in five and Navy took a three-set contest from the Blue Devils. Tomorrow's action begins at 2:30 as Delaware St. faces Navy and then the Bulls will go for the tournament title at 5:00 pm against Central Connecticut State.

Eastern Michigan 3, Bucknell 0
LEWISBURG, Pa. ( -- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team stretched its winning streak to five straight with a three-set sweep of Bucknell University, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, at the here Friday night, Sept. 3, at the Bucknell Invitational at Davis Gym. Sophomore Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) recorded a team-best nine kills on just 16 swings, while three other Eagles finished the night with seven kills apiece.

The Eagles' perfect 5-0 start marks the seventh time program has been undefeated through five matches and its first since the 2005 campaign. Additionally, with the victory the Green and White equaled its entire 2009 win total. Meanwhile, the Bison of Bucknell dropped to 0-4 on the young season

Youth continued to be served for the Eagles behind Baker, as sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich. -Dearborn Divine Child) along with freshmen Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) each finished with seven put-a-ways. Senior Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.- Westland John Glenn) finished with four blocks and three kills and junior Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) laid out for 13 digs on the night.

BU was paced by Heidi Kamp with five kills and five total blocks as the Bison struggled offensively finishing with a hitting percentage of -.033 (18-21-90).

Each set followed similar trends as the Bison stayed within a few points of the Eagles (5-0) for much of play before falling behind late. Bucknell even had six-point leads early in the first and third sets but struggled to curb Eastern Michigan's lengthy runs down the stretch.

The Eagles wrap up action at the Bucknell Invitational Saturday, Sept. 4, with a pair of matches Iona and Providence.

Central Michigan 3, Niagara 1
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Lauren Krupsky and Kaitlyn Schultz combined for 33 kills to lead the Central Michigan volleyball team to its first win of the 2010 campaign, 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13), against Niagara University at the YSU Invitational on Friday.

Krupsky led four Chippewas (1-3) in double-figures with 18 kills and Schultz added 15. The Purple Eagles (2-2) were unable to get anything going offensively, hitting .092 for the match. Hannah Hedrick led NU with 10 kills.

CMU used strong defense to split the first two sets before its offense revved up for the first time this season, hitting .389 in the third set and .444 in the final frame to finish at .247 for the contest.

"This was a good win for us against a very good defensive team," head coach Erik Olson said. "We re-learned important lessons about focus, determination and how to win."

Lindsey Dulude and Val DeWeerd each added 10 kills for the Maroon and Gold. Catherine Ludwig finished with a season-best 51 assists and two of Central Michigan's six aces, and Jocelyn VerVelde chipped in a team-best three blocks and six kills.

Freshman Jenna Coates piled up a match-high 22 digs and was flanked by Dulude's 17 and Lisa Johnson's 13. Sam Morgan led Niagara with 21 digs.

The Chippewas wrap up the weekend tournament, hosted by Youngstown State at the Beeghly Center, on Saturday against Howard (1:30 p.m.) and host YSU (7 p.m.). Live stats are available for both matches, and free live video is available for the match against the Penguins, courtesy of the Horizon League Netowrk.

No. 6 Florida 3, Bowling Green 0
Gainesville, Fla. - The sixth-ranked Florida Gators continued their impressive start to the 2010 season, defeating Bowling Green 25-12, 25-11, 25-16 Friday night at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.

A week ago, Florida started the year by defeating then-No. 9 Iowa State and then-No. 2 Nebraska to climb to No. 6 in the country and make the biggest statement of the early-going in the 2010 season. The Gators continue to be unblemished after sweeping the Falcons in three sets.

Bowling Green actually hung tough in the early going of all three sets, taking a 4-2 lead in the first, holding an 8-7 lead in the second, and pulling tied at 9-9 in the third. But Florida went on extended runs in each of the frames to pull away.

Sam Fish started the match with a service ace and Paige Penrod followed with a kill. Florida then had an attack error and suddenly Bowling Green led 3-0. But the Gators later scored five in a row to take a 7-4 lead and added a pair of four-point runs later to pull away.

Bowling Green took an 8-7 lead in the second before Florida scored four straight and never looked back. After a Sam Fish kill made it 11-9, the Gators scored eight straight and won the second set.

In the third, BGSU battled back from a three-point deficit and back-to-back kills by Lindsey Butterfield and Danielle Tonyan tied the score at 9-9. The Falcons, however, were unable to take the lead and Florida used a 5-0 spurt later in the set to put the match away.

For the match, Florida hit .431 and had just six attack errors. Bowling Green, on the other hand, hit -.012 as the Gators had 12.0 team blocks. Penrod led the way for the Falcons with eight kills, while Noelle Spitler added five kills and three blocks.

Florida improves to 4-0 on the year and Bowling Green falls to 1-4. The Falcons will complete weekend play Saturday against Albany at 1 p.m.

Ball State 3, Tennessee State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - - A Ball State (4-0) women's volleyball Worthen Arena record crowd of 1,744 fans watched the Cardinals post a 3-0 (25-5, 25-13, 25-19) victory over Tennessee State (0-2) Friday evening in the second match of the Active Ankle Challenge. The opening contest saw Oakland (2-3) score a 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-15) win over Robert Morris (2-3).

"The environment was a life-time memory for our team and everyone involved with our program," said BSU head coach Steve Shondell. "The team has been looking forward to this all season, and I was tickled they came out so fired up, ready to go and jumped out to a great lead right off the bat."

The previous Worthen Arena record crowd for a women's volleyball match was 1,711 set versus Pittsburgh as part of the 2002 Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic. The tournament also featured No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 USC.

"We have been preparing for this match for weeks, and could not wait for it to get here," added Shondell. "We had a great time tonight."
Ball State's offense was led by freshman Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.), who blasted a match-best 12 kills, while hitting for a .348 (12-4-23) rate of success. Baker also added seven digs and a pair of blocks; one solo and one assists.

"Kylee is a great competitor and loves the bright lights," said Shondell. "She seems to elevate her jump about an inch or two higher whenever she gets out there in front of a big crowd."

Senior right side Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) ranked second on the Ball State roster with seven kills, while junior middle blockers Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) and Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.) added six kills apiece. Brandl also scored three total blocks (two solo and one assist) and two digs, while Boyd added one block assist.

"I was also pleased with the way Charde' played tonight," said Shondell. "She picked up seven kills, which was a season best for her. It was good to see her hit some really nice balls tonight. Hopefully, she can continue to build her confidence off tonight's match."

In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) collected a match-best 14 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) added eight.

Overall, the Ball State defense limited the Tigers to a -.084 (14-21-83) rate of success, while junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) led the BSU attack to a .304 (37-13-79) percentage. In the opening set, the Cardinals clicked for a .647 mark, with 11 kills on 17 swings and no errors.

Santia Sanders led Tennessee State with six kills, while Calasia Williams added a team-best six digs.

Behind a kill and block assists from Brandl, the Cardinals scored the first four points of the opening frame, on their way to a 12-2 edge. The lead remained 10 at the 15-5 mark before two kills from Baker and three of service aces from Kaylee Schembra (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.) helped BSU rattle off the final 10 points of the set.

The teams battled to a 7-7 deadlock in the second game, before an 8-0 Ball State run, which included four more Baker kills, helped BSU take control. The Cardinals went on to win the frame 25-13 on a kill from Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.).

The teams played to another 7-7 stalemate in the third game, before back-to-back kills from Baker gave BSU some momentum. Ball State eventually built an 18-11 advantage, only to see a pair of aces from TSU's Kamille King spark a 5-0 run from the guests, bringing the score to 18-16. The Cardinals responded with a five-point run of their own, and went on to win the game 25-19.

Play in the Active Ankle Challenge continues Saturday, with four matches. The Cardinals play Robert Morris at 12:30 p.m. and Oakland at 7:30 p.m. Tennessee State and Oakland open the day at 10 a.m., while Robert Morris and Tennessee State square off at 5 p.m.

Northern Illinois 3, Kennesaw State 0
CHICAGO - After ending the month of August immaculately, the Northern Illinois volleyball team continued its hot start into September by sweeping Kennesaw State, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18, at the UIC Invitational on Friday evening at UIC Pavilion. In their first road match, the Huskies improved to 6-0 on the season, and are one win away from matching 1998's best start in program history, while the Owls dropped to 2-3.

"It was real nice for us to get off with a positive result in our first road match," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "I thought once we got into rhythm, especially towards the end, we were able to do some real nice things, both offensively and defensively."

Northern Illinois dominated Kennesaw State in nearly every category in the first all-time meeting between the programs. The Huskies held the match advantage in kills (47-30), hitting percentage (.337-.250), aces (9-3), and digs (37-30). NIU has now out-killed, out-hit, and out-dug every opponent in 2010. The only statistic that the Huskies didn't have an edge on was blocks (5.5-1), but it was more than made up for with 10 overpass kills to KSU's one.

Freshman Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) paced the Huskie attack with 14 kills on 24 swings and a .417 attack percentage, and added three aces. NIU also received very positive efforts from sophomore Mary Kurisch (LaCrosse, Wis./West Salem) (eight kills, .400 hitting percentage), freshman Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) (seven kills, .429), and sophomore Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) (six kills, .417). Sophomore Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) captained the offense with 33 assists, five digs, and two kills.

"It's nice to continue our focus on being diverse with our offense," Gooden said. "I like the fact that we have multiple people contributing."

On defense, sophomore Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) totaled 10 digs, while senior Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) notched seven and a career-best four aces.

After opening a first-set 5-2 lead following a combo block from Kurisch and Wicinski, KSU came right back to tie it, 5-5. NIU would continue to control the set, but was unable to distance itself from the Owls, who tied the score three more times. With the score knotted at 12-12, the Huskies went on a 7-3 run to force a Kennesaw State timeout after an Owl attack error. Romo and junior Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton) had two kills apiece during the spurt. KSU regrouped to tie the score, 20-20, out of the break, but NIU finished strong with another run. Wicinski started it with a blast that found the center of KSU's court and Hughes fired an ace. Out of another Owl timeout, Hughes served up another ace and a bad set gave NIU a 24-20 lead. A KSU point later, Kurisch slammed a ball down to end it.

A furious 7-1 start in the second set caused an early timeout by the Owls after a back row blast by McGlaughlin found the floor. The Huskies continued their rapid pace throughout the set, but needed a quick boost after a block brought KSU within four points, 14-10. After timeout, NIU received a kill by Wicinski off an Owl block and consecutive aces by Hughes to get it going again. KSU took another timeout with the score in favor of NIU, 20-12, but the break did nothing to stop the Huskies. With set point in sight, freshman Kayla Zeno (Lake Elmo, Minn./Stillwater Area) subbed in to serve and racked up an ace to put NIU up 2-0 at the break.

In the final stanza, the Huskies once again opened an early lead, going up 10-5 after a combo block by Kurisch and Romo, inducing a timeout by the Owls. KSU crept within three points after a block and tip made the score 14-11, but NIU regained the momentum after a timeout with a 5-1 run. Three kills came from McGlaughlin, while two were by Wicinski. Following an Owl timeout, the Huskies made it a 7-1 spurt after kills from Kurisch and Wicinski and would go on to end the match with the help of two KSU errors in the last two plays of the match.

The Huskies finish the UIC Invitational tomorrow with two more matches. NIU will take on Memphis (2-1) at 12 p.m. CT and Illinois Chicago (1-1) at 7 p.m.

No. 15 Kentucky 3, Miami 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Miami volleyball team fought valiantly but dropped a 0-3 decision (22-25, 27-29, 17-25) to 16th-ranked Kentucky Friday night in the opening match of the Kentucky Classic. The RedHawks fall to 1-3 on the year, while the Wildcats improve to 2-2.

A kill from Colleen Loftus and a Kentucky attack error gave Miami a 2-0 lead early in set two. Michele Metzler recorded two kills as the teams traded points until the score was tied at nine. The Wildcats followed with a 7-2 run that gave them their largest advantage of the set at 16-11. Kills by Loftus and Cassie Farrell set up by Amy Kendall assists keyed a 6-1 run that tied the score at 17. Three points later with the score 19-18 in favor of Kentucky, the Wildcats were able to close out the set by taking six of the final 10 points.

Amy Raseman was the story of set two as she recorded seven kills in the frame. Three early kills from her staked the RedHawks to a 6-4 lead. Kentucky took control during the middle portion of the set, going on a 13-7 run take a 17-13 advantage. A double block by Farrell and Raseman, another kill by Raseman and a service ace by Lisa Treadway helped tie the score at 18. Trailing 22-23, Raseman put down yet another kill off of a Kendall assist and Loftus followed with a service ace to give Miami set point at 24-23. The RedHawks would have three set points, but each time the Wildcats were able to fight them off. Kentucky was able to get a set point of its own at 27-26, but a kill from Cassie Farrell kept Miami in the match. The Wildcats would then follow by taking the next two points to finally secure the 29-27 win.

With the score tied at three in the third set, Kentucky went on a 9-2 run to take a 12-5 advantage. Two kills by Loftus, along with two double blocks by Kendall and Kayleigh Cox helped close the RedHawks to within three at 12-15. That would be as close as Miami could get as Kentucky closed the set on a 10-5 run to win 25-17.

Raseman led Miami with 10 kills, while Loftus had seven. Defense continued to be a team effort as seven different players had at least four digs. Loftus was the team leader there with eight. Kendall led the RedHawks with 30 assists.

Miami concludes play at the Kentucky Classic with two games Saturday. The RedHawks will face Ohio State at 1 p.m. and then take on USF at 5:30 p.m.

Cincinnati 3, Kent State 0
CINCINNATI -- The Kent State volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 17-25, 22-25) decision to host Cincinnati in the Bearcat Invitational today (Sept. 3) at Fifth Third Arena.

Sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) led the Golden Flashes (4-2) with 10 kills and posted a hitting percentage of .455 for the second straight match. Junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) posted her second straight double-double courtesy of 10 kills and 13 digs. Seniors Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) also hit double digits in digs, recorded 13 and 11, respectively.

The Flashes hung tough in the first set after falling behind by as many as six points. A Larsen kill reduced Cincinnati's advantage to two at 22-20, but the Bearcats fired off two kills and a service ace to wrap up the opening stanza.

The Bearcats captured the second set with an eight-point triumph, but KSU put up a tough fight in a third set that featured four lead changes and 10 ties. Cincinnati took a 5-3 advantage to open the third, but four straight attack errors and a kill by Larsen gave Kent State an 8-5 lead and forced the Bearcats to take a timeout. The squads continued to trade points until Cincinnati moved ahead for a 20-17 upper hand. The Golden Flashes weren't done yet, though, as a kill by redshirt freshman Jessica Ronyak (Burton, Ohio) and two straight from Larsen knotted things up at 20. Larsen and senior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) traded kills with the Bearcats to make it 22-all, but Cincinnati completed the sweep with three straight kills.

Kent State attempts to get back on the winning path tomorrow (Sept. 4) when it closes out the Bearcat Invitational with matches against Murray State at 10 a.m. and James Madison at 5 p.m.