Volleyball topped by Baylor, ousted from NCAA Tournament

Miami volleyball’s 10th ever appearance in the NCAA tournament ended before it really got started. The Mid-American Conference champion ‘Hawks (23-9,13-3) were defeated by twelfth-seeded Baylor (24-6,13-3) in three sets Friday on the Bears’ home court. “We just competed against a really fine team tonight,” Miami head coach Carolyn Condit said. “It was a great experience for us and we need to see that type of play more often to play at the level that we know we can play at if we did. Overall, it was a great match and a great learning experience for us and I liked how we kept digging in and kept going after them.” In the first set, Baylor jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead. After the two teams traded the next several points, the Bears went on a 4-0 run to take a commanding 15-6 lead. Baylor extended its lead to 23-13, but Miami attempted a comeback. The RedHawks went on a 5-0 run to cut the Bears’ lead to 23-18. However, Baylor finished the set strong, winning 25-19. Miami took a 4-3 lead — its first lead of the contest — on a service ace by freshman setter Morgan Seaman to start the second set. Baylor then recaptured the lead and went on a 12-5 run to make the score 15-9. A kill by Redshirt junior setter Mackenzie Zielinski resulted...

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Volleyball wins MAC Championship for the first time in 10 years

The Miami RedHawks (23-8, 14-3) were crowned MAC champions for the first time since 2007 on Sunday, defeating Western Michigan (18-13, 8-9) in three consecutive sets. “Western is a really great team,” Miami head coach Carolyn Condit said. “They have a ton of endurance, they can dance until the cows come home and they keep reenergizing through their dancing. We knew we had to come out and serve and pass well and just keep a determination for three straight sets.” Western Michigan served first and scored the first point of the game on a kill by freshman outside hitter...

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Volleyball wins MAC tournament opener, advances to Championship

Number one seeded Miami volleyball (22-8, 14-3) beat fourth seeded Ohio University (17-15, 10-7) in three straight sets in its Mid-American Conference tournament opener at Millett Hall on Saturday. With the win, the RedHawks advance to the championship game Sunday, against the sixth seeded Western Michigan Broncos. “I think we can play better, but we played well enough to win tonight,” Miami head coach Carolyn Condit said. “I really liked the fire we played with.” Miami started the first set on a 3-0 run, and continued to dominate the Bobcats, eventually taking a 17-9 lead. Ohio then went on three separate 3-0 runs to halt the RedHawks’ momentum. MU recovered and held on to win the set 25-21. The second set was all Bobcats in the early going, as they won five of the first six points. With OU leading 7-4, the RedHawks rallied with a 7-0 run to take a 11-7 lead. The rest of the set was close, but Miami prevailed, once again winning 25-21. In the third set, both teams battled to keep it close before MU started to pull away with a 19-16 lead. Ohio mounted a late comeback, tying the set at 23. However, it was Miami’s night, as they won the last two points to take the set and the game. “The game was super close the whole time, but I didn’t have...

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RedHawks prevail in overtime thriller, win home opener

In a game too competitive to be decided in 40 minutes, the men’s basketball team hung on in overtime to beat the Wright State Raiders 73-67 in Miami’s home opener on Tuesday. This marks back-to-back games decided in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime to start the RedHawks’ (2-0) season. It’s also the first time Miami has started a season 2-0 since 2011. “I like our guys’ fight right now,” Miami head coach Jack Owens said. “They’re definitely competing, and I thought overall we did a good job. Everybody contributes — I think that’s a sign...

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Men’s basketball looks to start strong following offseason rebuild

  The men’s basketball team underwent a total overhaul in the offseason, with the entire coaching staff and several players leaving the program. The fresh start has the Miami community feeling optimistic about this upcoming season and the team’s future. “I think our guys are just excited to play,” head coach Jack Owens said. “Any time you start the year, you should have a lot of energy, expectations are great, but I do think we have some pieces in place to be successful this year.” Former RedHawks’ head coach John Cooper was dismissed in March after finishing last season with an 11-21 record and going 59-100 overall in five seasons at the helm. Ex-Purdue associate head coach Owens was hired as his replacement. A first-time head coach, Owens has 17 years of assistant coaching experience, including the last nine at Purdue. He is widely viewed as an expert recruiter, having recruited NBA draft picks A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan to Purdue. He also helped the Boilermakers secure top-30 recruiting classes each of the last four years according to Rivals.com. This includes a top-15 class in 2013. “I look forward to not only rebuilding this championship program, but also making this program one that all Miami alumni can be proud of,” Owens said in his introductory press conference. Owens hit the recruiting trail right away for Miami, grabbing five freshman...

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