OXFORD, OH – Toledo couldn't slow down a red-hot Miami attack on Friday evening as the RedHawks registered a 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 26-24) triumph over the Rockets in Millett Hall. Toledo's record fell to 8-14 overall and 2-7 in the MAC with the defeat, while Miami is now 7-15 overall and 2-7 in the MAC.
The hosts posted an impressive .385 attack percentage in the contest, while UT could only muster a .153 hitting mark.
Junior OH Lauren Rafdal was the only Rocket to register a double-figure kill total with 12 terminations and a team-best .321 hitting mark. Sophomore MB Brooke Frazer paced UT's defensive effort at the net with a match-best four blocks, while junior Jordan Kielty a team-high nine digs.
Redshirt freshman Jenny Ingle led Miami by tying her season high with 15 kills with just one error in 22 attempts for a .636 attack percentage.
Miami jumped on the Rockets from the start as the RedHawks surged to a 7-1 lead in Set One. The hosts remained in control until UT put together a 6-1 run to close within two at 17-15. Miami responded with back-to-back- kills, but a 6-3 run from the Rockets made it a one-point contest at 22-21 and force a Miami timeout. Following a RedHawk kill and a UT ball-handling error, junior RSH Becca Reidy tallied a kill and teamed with Frazer for a block to make the score 24-23. Sophomore OH Meg Riley put an end to the Rocket rally though with a kill.
The RedHawks started strong again in Set Three with a 6-2 advantage. This time Toledo fought back to take the lead, answering with a 12-6 spurt to go in front, 14-12. A service error temporarily stalled the rally, but the Rockets would eventually push their lead to five at 23-18. The RedHawks then began their comeback run on a Riley kill, a Toledo attack error and a Riley/Ingle block to force a Rocket timeout. Out of the break, Ingle put down a kill to cut the deficit to one, but junior MB Dakota Harkins put UT one point away from a set victory with a 24-22 advantage. Toledo couldn't capitalize though as Ingle and Treadway notched back-to-back kills. Riley continued the RedHawks' run with a kill and a UT attack sailed out of bounds to end the match.